February 11, 2006 |
Jeff is an apartment-house doorman, and he may as well be stuck in the door he spends all night guarding. Maybe his life is getting better because at least he has the ruthlessly boring doorman job, having been ejected from the Navy for smoking weed, then losing lots of money on a stupid bet. But mostly, he's stuck, and too smart and glib for his own good, and coated all over with naivete. Or is he just a down-to-earth, honest guy who respects the truth? Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, in which Jeff is the prime character, is absorbing in a paragon of a production by the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio.
May 2, 2000 |
South Philadelphia nightclub doorman Oscar Young lost his life trying to be a peacemaker on July 11, 1998, a prosecutor said. Young, 52, of 32nd Street near Dickinson, was shot in the face while struggling to keep two men and a woman from pushing past him to resume an argument with a woman patron, said Assistant District Attorney Randolph Williams. The men had been flagged from the bar after the earlier dispute. After a jury heard the case, Kemhya Mickel, 27, of Wharton Street near 17th, was convicted yesterday of third-degree murder and a weapons offense.
November 10, 1993 |
Jasper D. West, 79, of Olney, the cheerful, steady doorman who greeted guests at Old Original Bookbinders with a smile and a helping hand for more than 45 years, died Sunday at Medical College Hospitals' Main Clinical Campus. From 1946 until he retired last November, the tall, slender Mr. West, dressed in a neat, gray uniform with yellow piping, was a familiar figure to diners at 125 Walnut St., opening doors, passing out matches and occasionally mediating disputes between competing cabbies.
May 17, 2012 |
The dapper doorman did not set out to class up the city single-handedly with his blinding-white nylon gloves. But since he has, and since I asked, Leroy Mickens II shares that the key to that gleam is a nightly soak in Dawn detergent, a morning scrub (one gloved hand washing the other), and air drying. "I have eight pairs, so I always have a spare with me if they get dirty," Mickens says between taking requests from guests at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel across from City Hall.
April 28, 2009 |
It may lack Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and New York City elan, but Conshohocken is about to get a Manhattan staple: a doorman. Next to the scene of the devastating fire that destroyed 189 apartment units on the Schuylkill waterfront in August, work is progressing on what developer J. Brian O'Neill says will be the region's "most luxurious" apartment complex. Although luxurious and Conshohocken have rarely appeared in the same sentence in the town's 159-year history, O'Neill promises that when the building opens by the end of the year, it will have all the candy - from a $5,000-a-month furnished unit to granite countertops to that front-door attendant.
July 12, 1998 |
David McCurry has a warm, gentle smile on his face as he speaks of his life and work. "I'm a relatively new granddad. I'm retired. I find it's a pleasure to get up each morning. I take that to my job. " Now, there's a guy who'd be nice to come home to each day - and a lot of people do. David McCurry is a doorman at 250 South 17th Street. Until this weekend, he had divided his time between there and the Town House on south 19th. "The doorman is the first person our tenants, prospects and guests meet when entering the building, and we feel his attitude is a reflection on the management," said Stephanie Freedman, Rittenhouse Management Corp.
August 28, 1989 |
A doorman at a Fishtown club was charged with murder after he was involved in an altercation early yesterday morning that left another man dead, police said. Thomas Trout, 31, of the 2400 block of Firth Street, in the Fishtown section, died from injuries suffered when he fell down a flight of stairs during a fight with the doorman, Lewis Dunnigan, 36, of the 2500 block of East Somerset Street, also in Fishtown, police said. Dunnigan was awaiting arraignment late yesterday.
May 21, 2005 |
A city police officer was routinely shifted to administrative duty yesterday after he shot and killed a man late Thursday night. Police said a patron pulled a gun in an Olney bar and leveled it at the officer's brother, who worked there as a doorman. The officer, who was off duty at the time, fired one shot after the gunman refused to drop his pistol inside Nikki's Place, in the 5000 block of North Fifth Street. "It appears at this time that the officer acted in a justifiable fashion," said Police Inspector William Colarulo, who declined to release the officer's name.
August 17, 1987 |
Normally, when one thinks of a doorman, one thinks of a swank establishment where patrons have to make sure they didn't leave their American Express card at home. The McDonald's restaurant at 726 Market St., where the highest-priced item on menu is less than $5, customers get a taste of luxury. Six days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Reuben Jimenez, dressed in a black and gray hat, gray jacket with tails, and black pants, opens the door for the restaurant's patrons. "He starts early to greet the breakfast customers, then after breakfast he greets people, and those who come into the restaurant late in the afternoon," said Johnny Velez, the general manager.
November 11, 2010 |
WHERE IS Lawrence Bernard? Is the mentally ill man OK? Those questions have gnawed at Theodora Landgren since Sept. 25, when she witnessed what she says was the "brutal" treatment that Bernard suffered at the hands of Philly cops. "I saw it from beginning to end - I hope I never see anything like that again," says Landgren, who has filed a complaint with the police Internal Affairs Bureau about the incident. Bernard, 47, a homeless denizen of the Rittenhouse Square area, is "clearly mentally ill - a 2-year-old could see that," says Landgren, 65, who lives in the Rittenhouse Plaza, at 19th and Walnut streets, where she's on the co-op's board of directors.