Rocky Redux, our new and current listings, and fun things to do this week. What did you think of the Rocky remake video? I’d love to discuss. Please send me an email: [email protected]. This edition of Around the Block was originally published on Friday, 8/26/22.
Relevant Commentary, all information Philly (real estate and otherwise), Open Houses, Listings, Happenings, and More — by Jeff “City” Block
Last week’s ATB about the Ferris wheel and Rocky got a huge response. A few people shared their experience at the Ferris wheel, but Rocky really resonated with a lot of people. One funny anecdote is a person from the South who has been in Philly for a number of years told me that before she read last week’s ATB, she had never heard of Rocky, the statute, or the Theme. She knew of no Philly connection. Just that it was maybe some kind of boxing movie. I good-naturedly asked if she ever heard of the Liberty Bell. She had heard of the Liberty Bell, and one thing is for sure—she knows who Rocky Balboa is now. In fairness, I guess she could have busted on me for exalting a fictional character created almost 20 years before she was born in some place far away from Philly. However, she never heard of any of the Creed films either, and they are from when she was living in Philly.
I am the first to admit that I am Philly-centric all the way. When someone from NYC references the City, I think to myself, “Philly!” (I mean my nickname is City and I am from Philly, not NYC). So, I always assume that everyone knows Rocky. Is that the case? Hey out-of-towners, what say you?
Ok. Back to Rocky and what brightened my week. Here is the story. CBT client and University City resident Mark Stehle and his daughter Anna competed in and won the 6-week Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt in the summer of 2020 (think early pandemic-based activities). One of the Friday “Flash Challenges” was to create and submit a Rocky-themed video in 24 hours. The challenge was revealed at noon on Friday, and videos had to be submitted by noon on Saturday.
When Mark read the ATB, he sent me the link to this video and it made my day.
If you have two minutes and want to smile, check it out here.
If you know Rocky, then you already understand how well this video was done. If you prefer some context or just simply want to watch or rewatch one of the greatest, most inspiring clips in cinematic history then check this out. Yes, the OG.
I just watched it several times. If I am tired, I can watch it to get pumped up (and if I’m in the car, just the theme does it—love “Gonna Fly Now”). I cannot get enough.
I hope these videos make your day! And have a great weekend.
304 S Philip Street
2 BD + Family Room | Bonus Room | 2.5 BA | 2,250 SF | Significant Character | 1-Year Paid Parking | $1,025,000
Significant character in this historic (c.1818) home on one of Society Hill’s most desirable, quiet, cobblestoned streets.
Renovated home with spectacular kitchen and all new baths. Quiet private patio. 2 bedrooms plus family room and bonus room, 2.5 baths (could be readily converted to a 3 bedroom by adding a wall on 2nd floor). Approximately 2,250 sq.ft. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, early 19th century character. 1-year paid parking in Head House Square Garage.
This sunny home offers the perfect mix of character and renovation, plus an ideal location. Just blocks from all the best restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment, and shopping of Society Hill, Old City, Penn’s Landing, and all that Center City has to offer. 2 blocks from the superb Head House Square Farmers Market (and the garage parking is right across the street). In the McCall School Catchment.
NOTE– One of the original homes placed on the Philadelphia Historic Register. This home was once owned by famed patriot, banker, and shipping magnate Stephen Girard. The home was later the residence of Adolf DeRoy Mark, the superb mid-century modern Society Hill architect.
Celebrate Philly’s rich Welsh history and culture during Philadelphia Welsh Week. This event will include cultural performances, film screenings, and genealogical events. An upcoming event to look out for is a performance from the London Welsh male voice choir Eschoir at the Kimmel Center on September 3rd.
Experience the new eight-seat dining area at by Yanaga in Fishtown. This new experience in the back of the restaurant includes a 25-course tasting menu that is hand-crafted and chosen for every service by chef Yanaga. Also included are sake and wine pairings and a traditional tea service. Reservations required.
As always, please know that I’m humbled by and appreciative of your introductions and referrals. If you have a friend, colleague, or family member that is in need of Expert Real Estate Representation, please have them contact me.
Be assured, I will do my best to exceed their expectations! Thanks for taking the time to read this issue of Around the Block.
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