January 12, 2008 |
In this nearly all-Victorian beach resort, some residents were shocked that plans for a $10 million beachfront convention center didn't include a fancy porch or even a single carved turret. But its designers had not looked that far into the past for inspiration. Instead, the two-story facility that is to open by 2010 will borrow elements from a convention center that was built in 1917 and then flattened by the great March storm of 1962. "I was surprised that when it was announced we would be replacing the existing Convention Hall, talk began to center among residents about the 1917 building," said Skip Loughlin, chairman of the Cape May City Historic Preservation Commission.
November 5, 1998 |
The sound that fills the cavernous hall on the Boardwalk is so large, so magnificent, so stirring that it would seem only the ocean a few steps away could surpass it in grandeur. Internet rumors to the contrary, the largest pipe organ in the world has not been walled up inside the old Convention Hall on the Boardwalk. Its eight pipe chambers have not been converted into meeting rooms. Its parts - both massive and intricate - have not been consumed by flood. Just ask the 8,000 screaming boxing fans who on Halloween night heard the organ played for only the second time this year, heralding the entrance of preening featherweight champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed in true Phantom of the Opera style.
May 26, 1994 |
While two battalions of firefighters were quelling a fire that seared a section of the roof of the famous Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, their off-duty counterparts were across town to witness City Council's approval of a contract that raised their pay. The fire, according to officials, may have been started around 2 p.m. when sparks came in contact with roofing materials as welders were installing a new section of the circular peaked Convention...
August 31, 2004 |
The Republican National Convention's unscripted moments last night came from filmmaker Michael Moore, whose movie Fahrenheit 9/11 skewers President Bush and the war in Iraq. Moore, who is writing a convention column for USA Today, caused a minor stir when he tried to enter the convention hall as a member of the press. After some confusion over the credentials for his security guard, Moore was escorted to the press seats. Republican catcalls began to erupt in his direction.
December 10, 1987 |
The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority yesterday hired a pair of politically connected law firms to work on its impending $200 million bond issue. The firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll will be the lead bond counsel for an undetermined fee. The firm was among Mayor Goode's largest campaign contributors at $25,000. Atkinson & Archie will be the minority bond counsel. Nolan Atkinson is Goode's personal attorney, and the firm contributed $7,000 to his campaign.
September 7, 1990 |
On this September weekend every year, sofa spuds are sprawled in front of the tube ogling the Miss America pageant and maybe wondering what it would be like to roll down the Expressway, lumber into Convention Hall, and see America's most famous skin-and-dental-reconstruction show live. Hmmm, they may be thinking, maybe it's got all the thrills of a ballgame at the Vet - there you are in the bleachers in casual attire, hooting, hollering, stomping your feet with the organ's beat and maybe catching a fly ball.
February 17, 2012 |
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - This week the National Constitution Center premieres its exhibit dedicated to the Boss, "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen," open through Sept. 3. But you can also take a weekend trip to see where it all began for Springsteen - in the actual Asbury Park, which is just a little over an hour's drive from Philadelphia. Springsteen's 1973 album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. is a classic that not only told the world about the Jersey Shore but also gave the city a slogan it still uses today, even though the album showcased the tribulations of people living in a then-depressed town.
June 15, 2015 |
I didn't leave my heart in San Francisco. The Philadelphia Warriors, without my consent, took it there. For me, the Warriors' sudden and unexpected departure for California in 1962 was a sting as sharp as death's. And while healing came with time, wisdom did not. I didn't understand the move then, and, 53 years later, I still don't. This week, seeing and hearing the Warriors' name so often during these 2015 NBA Finals, I had to wonder again why my beloved basketball franchise abandoned me. If, as we like to believe, Philadelphia is a basketball town, then the Warriors should have been a bedrock civic institution, like TastyKake or the Museum of Art. Instead, despite an unusually successful history, a hometown superstar who happened to be the world's greatest player, a supporting cast teeming with Philadelphia talent, and attendance that was average at worst, they left.
August 28, 2014 |
EVEN THE LATE "positive thinking" avatar Norman Vincent Peale would have a tough slog finding optimism over Atlantic City's current state, what with gaming revenues running about half of what they were eight years ago and three casinos set to turn out their lights by mid-September. But everything is relative. Compared with 50 years ago this week, the town is Las Vegas, Paris and Rio de Janeiro combined. The resort's post-World War II decline was exacerbated by what should have been a triumph: Atlantic City had won the right to host the Democratic National Convention.
August 19, 1987 |
While Philadelphia's proposed Center City convention center sinks deeper into a morass of political finagling, Philadelphia's "other" convention hall is showing signs of improvement each month. The city-funded Civic Center's customary annual deficit shrunk to $764,000 during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the facility's first full year under professional management. The deficit in the previous fiscal year topped $1.4 million. Executives of Spectacor, the management company picked last year to operate the Civic Center and the Port of History Museum, say the deficit dwindled because revenue at the convention hall shot up at an unprecendented pace.