October 20, 2014 |
JOHN JUNIUS TAYLOR, a second-generation cabinetmaker and woodworker in Powelton Village, was walking down Hamilton Street near 35th two years ago, when he saw a beat-up Victorian door in a dumpster. "It needed some love," Taylor said dryly. And he suddenly needed a walnut-panel Victorian door. Last week, as a result of what he did with that door, Taylor won a 2014 Storefront Challenge Award from the Community Design Collaborative and the city's Commerce Department for "outstanding storefront facade improvements.
August 3, 2014 |
Never put a gun on the stage, advised the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, unless you intend to have it go off during the play. He could have added: Never put a theater prop designed to look like a pipe bomb in a Dumpster - especially if it's near the controversial Goldtex apartments - unless you want to attract the full force of the city's Homeland Security unit. That was the lesson Bayla Rubin, of the Philadelphia theater troupe Applied Mechanics, learned Friday morning after a phalanx of police, firefighters, and ambulances descended on 12th and Wood Streets in response to a report of a bomb in a vacant lot across from Goldtex, scene of bitter months-long union protests in 2012.
February 24, 2014 |
YOU WANT THAT steak wit' or wit'out? If you're ordering at Geno's, you can now get them wit' - with the proper business and health licenses, that is. Seems that the famous cheesesteak palace at 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue had been operating with an expired food-prep license since May. Their private dumpster and sidewalk cafe licenses had been expired since 2011. After hearing from the Daily News , Geno's got the food-prep and sidewalk-cafe licenses renewed Thursday. Kylie Flett, a spokeswoman for Geno Vento, says the company learned of the expired licenses during their recent heath inspection.
July 9, 2012 |
On May 26, Ronald Poppo, a Miami man, was the victim of a gruesome attack that left him badly injured and disfigured. Poppo, 65, who has undergone several surgeries and is still hospitalized, had made his home in the stairwell of a parking lot near where the assault took place, vulnerable to the weather and to those who would harm him — or help him. Efforts to assist the homeless are often focused on pushing them off the street and into a...
June 16, 2012 |
"What a dump!" If Bette Davis' perpetually parodied line from Beyond the Forest (1949) describes any room in your house, you know you have a problem. With clutter, of course. No matter how much storage a house has, the supply of stuff always seems to exceed demand by at least two bays of a one-car garage. We buy new without tossing old. When we do try to cull, we often find that no one wants the old stuff, except, perhaps, for the scavengers who troll the streets the night before trash collection to cart off perceived treasures.
April 25, 2012 |
Every Tuesday Leah Howse got a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call. Free of charge, courtesy of the trash haulers right outside her bedroom. Since December, when someone moved a Dumpster to the alley behind her house, the noisy haulers consistently provided an unwanted alarm. Howse, who lives in Francisville, says the combination of the beeping truck, the banging to make sure the Dumpster's empty, and the workers yelling to each other ensures that her day starts early. "It's relatively quick," she says, "but then I'm awake.
September 11, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The greatest park in San Francisco arguably is Golden Gate - 1,017 sweeping acres studded with playgrounds and windmills, lakes and museums, a Shakespeare garden, a brew pub, and its own herd of bison. No one could argue that the latest green spaces to grace the city are a far more modest proposal. The two bright-red Dumpsters, 16 feet long by nearly 6 feet wide and filled with greenery, have been placed in a busy downtown neighborhood where they provide a little shade, elicit regular double-takes, and fill curbside spots that otherwise would go to cars.
September 9, 2011 |
The mystery of the floating doughnuts has been solved. Over the last two years, thousands of doughnuts, bagels, and other baked goods have turned up in Newton Lake Park in Collingswood, strewed across the fishing dock and floating in the water. No discernible origin, no suspects - until Thursday. Around 6:15 a.m., park police caught an employee from a nearby Dunkin' Donuts store with three trash bags full of old doughnuts - as well as hair nets and other trash. The man, Santosh Dey of Oaklyn, told police he wanted to feed the geese that make the park their home.
September 6, 2011 |
Neil Benson and his merry band of mavericks made art - and headlines - from the stuff other people threw away in the early 1990s. These self-proclaimed "Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia" collected, curated, and transformed treasures they rescued from trash containers and sidewalks into something wonderful. But Benson's commitment to what he calls "free art supplies" became more consuming after he retired from freelance photography a decade ago. As the contents in his network of informal storage spaces seemed to metastasize, his deepening devotion threatened to bury him. Enter another merry band: a new one composed of young artists, old friends, and neighbors.
August 28, 2011 |
After an all-day search, police in Bucks County this afternoon found the body of a U.S. Army captain suspected of murdering four people - three in Virginia, one in Buckingham Township - and wounding two police officers during a late-night shootout in Doylestown. Leonard John Egland, 37, of Fort Lee, Va., was found dead in the brush of a vacant lot near York and Almshouse Roads in Warwick Township at around 3:40 p.m., District Attorney David W. Heckler said. Authorities believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot.