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Celebrate Chinese New Year In Philadelphia

Jan - 31 | | no comments. | Center City

If you think that the New Year festivities are well behind us, think again — Chinese New Year is just about the corner. The Chinese New Year kicks off on Sunday, February 10th, 2013, and will be commemorated with an array of celebrations put on by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, as well as many other establishments in the city. If you want to take part in the festivities, check out the list of events below!

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum
Visit the Penn Museum on Saturday, February 2, for a variety of events meant to celebrate the Year of the Snake. Here, you can enjoy live dance performances, lectures on aspects of Chinese history, crafts, and more. The events will be held from from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Midnight Lion Dance Performance
Ring in the Chinese New Year the traditional way, and attend the midnight lion dance performance, which will begin at 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th. The dance is meant to usher people into the New Year, and will take place at 10th and Race Streets.

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade
If you're too tired to stay up for the Midnight Lion Dance, check out the Lion Dance Parage on Sunday, February 10th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The parade will begin at 10th and Spring streets, and will makes its way throughout Chinatown.

Chinese New Year at the Free Library of Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Independence Branch will host two events in honor of the Year of the Snake. The first will be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 4:30 p.m., and you can see Penn Chinese Dance Club and UPenn’s Chinese dance troupe perform classical Chinese dances. Then, on Wednesday, February 20th at 12:30 p.m., students from Holy Redeemer elementary school will perform Chinese folk dances. Also, attendees will be treated to readings of traditional Chinese folktales.

47th Anniversary Chinese New Year Banquet
Head to Ocean City Restaurant for their yearly Chinese New Year dinner celebration on Friday, February 15th from 5:30- 9 p.m. To reserve a spot, click here.

For a full list of Chinese New Year events, visit the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation’s official site.

10 Predictions for Housing in 2013

Jan - 25 | | no comments. | Uncategorized

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Philadelphia Auto Show: See The Cars Of The Future

Jan - 21 | | no comments. | Center City

This week sees the return of The Philadelphia Auto Show, one of the largest auto shows in the country. The show is currently at the PA Convention Center in Philadelphia, and runs through January 27th, and offers over 600,000 square feet filled with every type of car and truck you could possibly dream up!

The Auto Show is for car enthusiasts, eager beavers, and anyone who is excited to get a sneak peek at the upcoming 2014 models from the world’s most notable car manufacturers. Plus, you can also see many classic cars from the past that are also on display at the show.

Besides browsing, you can enjoy indoor and outdoor ride-and-drive opportunities and test drives; see pre-production and green models; check out concept, exotic, and classic cars; watch a Mustang-Camaro face-off; see customized and celebrity vehicles; wander luxury car displays; and much, much more.

Tickets to The 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show are $12 for adults, $6 for kids (7-12), free for kids 6 and under, and $6 for seniors on the weekend.

2013 Philadelphia Auto Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets

2013 Preview: Fun Things To Do In Philly This Year

Jan - 17 | | no comments. | Welcome to the Neighborhood

Great things are happening in Philadelphia in 2013! Check out the awesome video below for an entertaining rundown of all the exciting happenings, openings, and exhibitions headed to the city of brotherly love over the next year.

Come Hungry: Philadelphia’s Center City Restaurant Week 2013

Jan - 10 | | no comments. | Center City

Have a case of the winter blues? Well, now you have a great reason to go out, and have some fun — Center City District Restaurant Week is coming! This much-loved event begins January 20-25, and continues January 27-February 1.

Again, more than 120 Center City restaurants will offer three-course dinners for just $35 per person, as well as a three-course lunch option for only $20.

The list of participating restaurants is extensive, making this the ideal time to reserve a table at any of those restaurants that you've been longing to try. To make your life even easier, you can make reservations, and look up all the yummy menus on-the-go with the Restaurant Week mobile site, and, for the latest details, follow Restaurant Week events on Twitter @PhilaRestWeek.

If you're hoping to enjoy a meal at one — or many — of the Restaurant Week eateries, make your reservations as soon as possible.

Center City District Restaurant Week: Winter 2013
When: January 20-25 and January 27-February 1
More info: www.centercityphila.org

New Facebook Sweepstakes! Enter to Win an iPad mini!

Jan - 04 | | no comments. | Blog

To enter the Sweepstakes, Like our Facebook page and then click on the Sweepstakes tab located on our Facebook page to enter. Sweepstakes ends February 28, 2013.

Homebuyers Confident About Rising Home Prices, Survey Finds

Dec - 27 | | no comments. | Blog

Excerpt from parjustlisted.com by Diana Dietz

"Homebuyers are feeling more confident about the recovery of the residential real estate market according to a new survey from real estate firm Redfin."

"Redfin, a technology-powered real estate broker, found 71 percent of homebuyers believe that home prices will increase in their neighborhood in the next year, up from 61 percent last quarter."  Read more

Wintertime Fun: Ice Skate At The Blue Cross RiverRink At Penn’s Landing

Dec - 27 | | no comments. | Center City

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing is Philadelphia’s only outdoor public ice rink (at least until Dilworth Plaza reopens), and the 2012-2013 season marks the 19th year for this wintertime tradition.

Open through the beginning of March 2013, this outdoor Olympic size rink overlooks the Delaware River. If you get chilly, enjoy some time in the indoor heated facility, complete with snack bar, game room, and more. If you're interested in trying out the ice, the RiverRink has open ice hours Monday through Thursday from 6–9 p.m.; Fridays from 1:30-5:30 p.m., 6–8 p.m., 8:30–10:30 p.m., and 11 p.m –1 a.m.; Saturday from 12:30–2:30 p.m., 3– 5:30 p.m., 6–8 p.m., 8:30–10:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.–1 a.m.; and Sunday from 12:30–2:30 p.m., 3– 5:30 p.m., 6–9 p.m.

And, if you stop by on Friday or Saturday evenings, you can enjoy DJ jams that will keep the party going from 9 p.m.-midnight.

If you need to brush up on your skating skills, you can book a private ice skating lesson, or for a fun holiday event or birthday party, book a group party, or attend one of the great events like Daddy Daughter Skate, Thursday, January 31st; or Sweetheart Skate, Thursday February 14th.

Even better, skating admission is a bargain at only $9, with an additional skate rental of $4 if you need a pair of skates. Also, convenient parking is available on-site for just $12.

New this season, you can now purchase tickets for the RiverRink in advance online at the RiverRink site.

Before you head out, keep in mind that there are special hours for holidays, including New Year’s Eve & Day, Martin Luther King Day, and President’s Day; more about that here.

Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Market Street

Philly Spots To Ring In The New Year & Watch The Fireworks

Dec - 20 | | no comments. | Restaurants

Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia is hosting two amazing, free fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve, one at 6 p.m. and one at midnight. Both shows are sponsored by Sugarhouse Casino, and each displays will be about 15 minutes in length, set against the breathtaking skyline of Philly. If you're interested in seeing the show while you ring in the New Year, below is a list of some of the top parties with the best vantages points the region has to offer.

New Year’s Eve at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia: Partake in a delicious New Year’s family meal at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, which will be serving up a robust buffet for guests of all ages. Kids can indulge in chicken fingers, mac n' cheese, apple sauce, and more, while parents can feast on fresh salmon and tender filet mignon, and then from 5:30-6:30 p.m. fill up on desserts galore as you enjoy an ideal view of the fireworks at Penn’s Landing. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children 3-12. Children under 2 are free.

Family New Year’s Eve Party at the Independence Seaport Museum: Cheers with sparkling cider at the Independence Seaport Museum, as you enjoy a fabulous view of the 6 p.m. fireworks from the second floor balcony. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $10 for children, college students, and military. Children under 2 are free.

Moshulu: Watch the fireworks from onboard Moshulu at their annual New Year’s Eve dinner. The delicious four-course meal is offered at two seatings, 3:30 to 7 p.m. for $100 per person, or 7:15 to 10:30 p.m. at $150 per person. If you're interested, the full menu is available for viewing here. Children ages 14 and under can enjoy a three-course dinner menu for $35.

Dave & Buster’s: Dave & Busters is celebrating New Year’s Eve with not one, but two awesome parties. Bring the whole family for an enjoyable night of games, dinner, and entertainment before getting a front row seat for the early fireworks show at 6 p.m. This early bird offering is just $45 per person, and that includes $40 Power Card (it's $25 per person without Power Card). If you're 21 or older, the celebration continues from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. with a New Year’s Party complete with four-hour open bar, dinner, dessert, and dancing before watching the fireworks at midnight. The adults-only party is $90 per person, or $160 per couple; without bar $55 per person or $100 per couple.

Spirit of Philadelphia: The Spirit of Philadelphia is also throwing a New Year’s Eve celebration that offers outstanding views of the fireworks. Board the boat at 8:30 p.m. for an evening of dancing, live entertainment, great food, and open bar. The boat will cruise the waterfront from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., and will end with a fun, dockside party until 1 a.m. Tickets are $164.90 per person. Or, for kid-friendly experience, board the ship a little earlier for a dinner cruise from 4-6:30 p.m. with views of the 6 p.m. fireworks.

SugarHouse Casino: In addition to sponsoring the amazing fireworks show, Sugarhouse Casino is also hosting a New Year’s Eve party. This event, with a great view of the fireworks (or course!), includes a two hour open bar, snacks, live music, and a champagne toast at midnight. Plus, all guests can enjoy a great view of the fireworks at the casino’s private viewing area.

Philadelphia Named One Of Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013

Dec - 13 | | no comments. | News

Each year, Lonely Planet, the number one travel publisher, produces a well-researched list of top travel destinations in the United States. And, this time around, Philadelphia made their recently published list for 2013!

Here’s an excerpt of what Lonely Planet says about The City of Brotherly Love:

“Forget the cheesesteaks and tri-corner hat, Philadelphia is becoming known as an art capital. In addition to the world renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, the formerly remote Barnes Foundation, a once private collection of Matisse, Renoir and Cézanne, has a new central location. And it’s not just the big museums – Philly’s gallery scene is exploding with new venues like the Icebox garnering international attention and turning the Northern Liberties and Fishtown neighborhoods into the new hot arts hub.”

Lonely Planet chose its top choices based usays of its picks basted upon this goal: “We wanted to shine a light on 10 places in the U.S. that travelers should add to their wish lists for the coming year.”

So, whether you currently live in Philadelphia, or are looking for a fabulous city to relocate to, you can't do much better than this top 10 pick! Read more about Lonely Planet's list at: Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2013.