July 24, 2015 |
Peter Hwang and his family, who own Center City's Oh So Good quick-serve, have gone farther up the food chain with SouthGate , a Korean-inspired pub, replacing the landmark Tangier (1801 Lombard St., 215-560-8443). Opening is Thursday after a week of trials. The building was stripped down to its bones for necessary structural repair, yielding a sleek dining room, an open kitchen set behind a glass window, and windows you can now see through. The name suggests Namdaemun, the great south gate of the open-air market in Seoul, and is also a play on the location, bridging Rittenhouse just to the north and South Street at its doorstep.
June 21, 2015 |
A stately house of worship, designed in the Gothic style by famed architect Frank Rushmore Watson and built in 1888, was saved by real estate developer Jordan Brody in 2012, just as the wrecking ball was heading for the former Episcopal Church of the Covenant on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown. The stars further aligned for the sandstone neighborhood landmark after Brody bought the building and hired Philadelphia architect Ian Smith. Smith designed a second life for the edifice that includes 16 apartments for rent, some of which are on two floors, with sleeping quarters in the former church loft.
May 22, 2015 |
IT WAS THE YOUNGER of two brothers who announced a robbery at a GameStop in North Philly who first began firing at Police Officer Robert Wilson III, prosecutors said yesterday. But both brothers - Ramone Williams, 25, and Carlton Hipps, 29 - fired at the officer, and more than the first shot was potentially lethal, prosecutors said. Williams and Hipps, both of Hollywood Street near Stiles in Brewerytown, yesterday waived their preliminary hearing in a standing-room-only courtroom filled with police officers in blue, other cops and the slain officer's family, including his grandmother, sister and brother.
May 18, 2015 |
Jeanne Ray Willig, 92, a retired state administrator and dedicated gardener, died Thursday, May 14, at Lankenau Hospital of complications from a stroke. A longtime resident of Lower Merion, Mrs. Willig was born in Wyomissing, Pa., and moved with her family as a teenager to Philadelphia. She graduated from Olney High School, where she edited the student newspaper. She worked for years alongside her high school sweetheart and, later, husband, Paul Willig, at the family delicatessen, Paul & Irv's, in Brewerytown.
April 30, 2015 |
Sailor Eddie was going through his regular morning routine outside his tattoo shop at Front and Girard. He had swept up outside, on the lookout for drug baggies. Now, Eddie, owner of Bonnie & Clyde Tattoo Parlour, which sits just out of the shadow of the El, was chasing away some guys that he suspected were from the methadone clinic down the street. The usual waltz. Eddie told them to leave. They told Eddie to go do something to himself. Eddie opened the door and let them have a look at his boxer-pit bull mix, Bonnie.
March 28, 2015 |
Five days after Christmas, Tommy Joshua received an e-mail from a Philadelphia Housing Authority official that threatened to bulldoze the preceding three years of his life. The agency would be testing soil on land it owned in Sharswood, a neighborhood defined by its two 18-story project towers and the expanse of vacant land that surrounds them. Joshua put on his boots. With a dozen neighbors Jan. 6, he walked five blocks to prevent the PHA from digging into its own property at 24th and Bolton Streets, once an eyesore and now something promising, named North Philly Peace Park.
December 15, 2014 |
MM Partners real estate development company aims to help transform Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood. By buying and rehabbing shells, stores and empty or underused warehouses, MM Partners hopes to revive the West Girard Avenue retail corridor along with its residential developments. All Philadelphia locals, David Waxman and Jacob Roller are co-managing partners of MM, and Aaron Smith is partner and director of property management, sales and marketing. Currently, they have an office in a recent rehab at 1234 N. 30th St. To date, MM Partners, founded in 2001, has renovated and owns 50 properties in Brewerytown, including mixed-use, multifamily and single-family projects, about $45 million worth within a five-square-mile radius.
October 29, 2014 |
UP AND DOWN the 1500 block of North Dover Street, handwritten notes on yellow legal-size sheets of paper were tucked inside the storm doors of every house. "My name is Danielle . . . My husband is Kyle," the notes began. "We would like to buy your house. Please call or text me at (516) . . . " It then gives a number for the couple in Long Island, N.Y. Miss D, who lives in the middle of this tidy block of brick rowhouses - just east of 29th Street between Jefferson and Oxford - shows the note at her front door.
October 17, 2014
WHEN LAST WE heard from Hohenadel Brewery, the 19th-century East Falls landmark was wincing under the weight of a wrecking ball. It was 1997. Just one look at the stubborn but crumbling brick structure at Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane told you it was time to pull the plug. The brewery that once proclaimed its "Well Earned Supremacy" could only sigh as it joined the likes of Gretz and Esslinger and Erlanger in the great Philadelphia pile of brewery dust. Indian Queen Ale . . . Rival Porter . . . Trilby Export - the brands that Hohenadel brewed till it closed in 1952 were gone and mostly forgotten.
October 10, 2014 |
ANNA MARIE Perkins-Bottoms had a number of jobs in her working career, but among the most satisfying was working with autistic children at the Wood Services School. "She loved that job," said her cousin Estelle Matthews. "She would say, 'Those kids are normal; we're special people.' "She really loved those kids. They are so loving, kind and generous, she would say. It was more than a job to her. She said she learned a lot from those children. " Anna Marie, who also worked with homeless people at the RHD Ridge Shelter, at the Postal Service's main office at 30th and Market streets, and in retail, died Sept.