January 6, 2016 |
The long: Philly skyline's former iconoclast turned its spire into a 360-degree, 57-stories-up destination for spectators big and small. The short: "Am I gonna fall down? Am I gonna fall down? Am I . . . ?" Photo opps: Selfie at Ben Franklin's bust. Photographer before elevator takes two green-screen shots that make it look like you're in front of the skyline by day and night, for $19.99. What preschoolers want: To crank out flattened souvenir pennies from the machine, 51 cents a pop. Bring quarters (and pennies)
November 30, 2015 |
On a clear day, the newly opened observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place offers unhindered views as far as Limerick's steaming nuclear plant cooling towers in the north to Wilmington in the south - with all of Philadelphia's urban bustle packed in between. What would our city's founders, stuck at pedestrian level, have made of such a panoramic, bird's-eye vista? "I am beside myself," offered the Benjamin Franklin impersonator hired to stand next to the observation deck's larger-than-life, geodesic bust of Franklin and greet the opening-day crowds Saturday.
November 5, 2015 |
Brandywine Realty Trust chief executive Jerry Sweeney says that there are no immediate plans to redevelop the multi-level garage in Center City's Market East area the company purchased earlier this year, and that it may add levels of parking to the structure. Brandywine is completing engineering studies to see whether additional decks can be added to the five existing levels of parking in the structure at 618-34 Market St., between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Sweeney said in an interview.
September 19, 2015 |
For a penthouse, the top of One Liberty Place hasn't seen much action. First, it was a Cigna corporate cafeteria. Then, it sat vacant. Soon, though, the space - and, more important, the views - will be accessible to anyone willing to pay $19 a ticket. The One Liberty Observation Deck , to open in November, represents an investment "north of $10 million," said general manager Evan Evans. He expects it to attract half a million visitors per year. To his employer, the French company Montparnasse 56, it was an obvious choice.
August 4, 2015 |
The world is full of terrible and average people, lots of half-decent ones who do dumb things when they're drunk, and those rare heroes who lift our collective spirits with a game-winning touchdown or successful round of CPR. That whole mishmash of humanity exists in Philly, like a plate of steaming scrapple, and it's evident in the people offering to rebuild a hitchhiking Canadian robot and those who allegedly jumped him over the weekend in...
December 20, 2014 |
A France-based company that operates observation decks in Paris, Berlin, and Chicago plans to open a viewing spot on the 57th floor of the 61-story One Liberty Place. Montparnasse 56 said the attraction - its second in the United States - is scheduled to debut in the summer. Mayor Nutter welcomed the project, saying in a statement: "We are a destination rich in history, culture and the arts. From the most historic square mile in the country to the expansive collection of art housed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the new observation deck by Montparnasse 56 will offer visitors a chance to see our changing skyline and tourism assets.
September 22, 2014 |
The most pleasant feature of Shawn and Lauren League's roof deck is the constant breeze - even on the most sweltering summer-in-the-city days. After visiting the roof deck of some Point Breeze neighbors at 15th and Dickinson Streets, the Leagues liked the idea so much, they took out a home-improvement loan to put in one of their own. "We moved to the city from Bucks County and missed having a yard," Shawn League said. "Yes, the roof deck improved the value of the house, but also our quality of life.
August 19, 2014 |
STRAWBERRY Mansion residents will be the benefactors of three Philadelphia Housing Authority projects within 24 months. The neighbors say they want and need the housing but they want to make sure they have a say in how it's done. City officials broke ground on the first development Tuesday: the Oakdale Street Apartments, on a longtime vacant lot in the north end of Strawberry Mansion. Twelve units will be built on Oakdale Street near 28th, across from the Widener Library. The three developments will result in a total investment of about $30 million.
February 9, 2014 |
Methacton's Eric Straup had seen Isaac Philip before, and he knew what he had to do to notch his third consecutive win over the Wissahickon senior in a 120-pound duel. "Front headlock," Straup said. "I've been using that a lot. " Straup's pin of Philip helped seal a loud win for Methacton as the Warriors downed host Wissahickon, 65-5, in a nonconference bout Friday. "I've wrestled him before, and I did pretty good," Straup said. "It was pretty much the same thing today against him. " Straup was one of the Methacton regulars to post wins, and some of the team's younger guys also had a productive match, as the Warriors' freshmen combined for five wins.
December 11, 2013
YOU'VE heard of stop and frisk, the highly controversial and often unconstitutionally applied tactic wherein police search people without evidence of wrongdoing. The Pennsylvania Legislature is now considering another category of unreasonable search and seizure: stop and swab. A bill pending in the House would allow police to collect DNA evidence from people who are arrested for felonies and certain misdemeanors by swabbing their cheeks when they're booked. It expands current law, which allows DNA evidence to be collected only after people are convicted of certain crimes.