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.
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.