April 18, 2016 |
For a native such as David Waxman, Philadelphia's current building boom is one for the books. "It's crazy," said Waxman, who, with Aaron Smith and Jacob Roller, is developing for-sale and mixed-use properties as MM Partners. "I grew up here," said Waxman, a graduate of Friends Select School and Boston University. "I've never seen anything like it. " The trio has long focused on Brewerytown - the five-story Braverman Building at 2617-19 W. Girard Ave. is their latest - but MM Partners' $45 million in completed projects since its start in 2008 are not limited to one neighborhood.
March 13, 2016
A 38-year-old man who was found in a car with a single gunshot wound to the head in Brewerytown remained in serious condition Friday night at Hahnemann University Hospital. The victim remained unidentified as investigators searched for his assailant or assailants. The discovery of the man's body was reported at 6:02 p.m. Friday at 29th and Flora Streets. No suspects have been identified and the motive remains unknown, according to Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp. He said it was also unclear whether there was more than one shooter.
February 26, 2016 |
SURROUNDED BY FAMILY in her Plymouth Meeting living room, Dara Arline puffed on a Newport and talked about the coping skills she wishes she had. "I think about him at least 20, 30 times a day because he was such a gentle spirit," she said. "None of my children have ever been in a fistfight. He was never suspended from school. . . . " That gentle spirit - her oldest child, Shakoor Arline - died in the most violent way, in a lurid and still-unsolved slaying early last Nov. 6. That's when someone pumped a barrage of bullets into him and Lisa Smith, the woman he was with, in an SUV parked near Lemon Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park.
January 11, 2016 |
WHEN MY Sister Franny got cancer six years ago, I started trash-picking, cleaning up stuff and selling it. I'd always loved prowling through thrift stores, but after Franny was diagnosed, I became obsessed. It was like I'd developed a third eye, suddenly noticing battered tables, chairs and bureaus I'd have driven by in the past. I'd screech to a halt, throw the treasure into the hatchback, and careen home like I'd won Powerball. I'd spray-paint or varnish my finds, then sell them on Craigslist.
November 16, 2015 |
What's so exciting about the region's current brewpub boom? The sheer diversity of the movement. Yes, the area's corporate pioneers are still thriving. But the indie newcomers have gone well beyond the familiar templates, with quirky concepts in unlikely locales, from far-flung strip malls to bike paths along the river, colonial inns, emerging city neighborhoods, and vibrant suburban main streets. Some have full kitchens. Others make the most of crock pots, induction burners, and a panini press.
October 10, 2015 |
Fall is upon us. Time for changing leaves, corduroy, and flannel, pumpkin spice something or other, and festivals galore. To truly enjoy the season, get out in the brisk weather before winter's forced hibernation. We have a jam-packed guide full of fall ideas citywide to keep you busy outdoors. From Brewerytown to Fishtown to the heart of Rittenhouse, we have your weekend mapped out wherever you choose to fall into Philadelphia. FRIDAY Selfie sticks allowed The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center wants you to get out the tripod and capture the moments that often go undocumented for this year's Sixth Annual Philly Photo Day . Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and submit their favorite shots taken during the daylong celebration.
August 5, 2015 |
LAST SUMMER, Blair Shaw, an attorney who lives in Brewerytown, regularly walked his dog, Bailey, past a dense weed jungle on Master Street near 27th, unaware that in 2011 it had been Marathon Farm, an oasis of veggies in an urban food desert. Its motto: "Spreading the Love: one carrot at a time!" But by 2013, the Marathon Grill restaurant chain, which had cleared the third-of-an-acre lot and created Marathon Farm with such high hopes, suffered financial setbacks and pulled out. By last summer, the raised wood-frame beds had deteriorated and disappeared in the tall weeds, leaving no clue of their brief "one carrot at a time" history.
July 26, 2015 |
Nino Cutrufello and Marcus Toconita, buddies since their Malvern Prep days in the early 1990s, worked for national builders during the housing-boom years. In 2007, they decided to strike out on their own as Callahan Ward Cos. (their mothers' maiden names) and begin building the upscale housing they saw was in demand in the emerging Philadelphia neighborhoods of Northern Liberties and Fishtown. It was August 2007, to be exact - just as the real estate bubble burst. "We timed the market perfectly," Cutrufello, a Havertown native, said recently, laughing.
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.