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August 8, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
About 90 years after his grandfather helped introduce talking movies to Philadelphians, Bruce Frank returns with an innovation of his own. He has named his new business Revolutions, opening at month's end in Fishtown's Penn Treaty Village development. You can call Revolutions an MVE - industry term for a multi-venue entertainment site. Just don't call it a bowling alley, because it's much more than that. While spinning gears, balls, bottles, and turntables seek to create what Frank calls "the wow factor," Revolutions' primary come-on will be 26 lanes of Brunswick bowling tweaked with some pretty cool creature comforts and technology.
NEWS
February 21, 2012
By Donna Cooper In his new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 , Charles Murray uses Fishtown as a prototypical white, lower-class community in decline. Philadelphians know Fishtown as one of a few city neighborhoods attracting urban hipsters and young families. Where Sanka was once considered gourmet, La Colombe is now widely sold. I should know; I've lived in Fishtown for 27 years. An earlier book that Murray cowrote, The Bell Curve , was roundly criticized for its flawed conclusion that blacks are on average less intelligent than whites.
NEWS
November 13, 2001
I was intrigued by Monica Yant Kinney's column "City line serves as dividing line" (Inquirer, Nov. 6) but also confused by the statement, "The droves fleeing Fishtown for Flourtown... " While I know Kinney probably used this as a metaphor for urban flight to the suburbs, I can't imagine a more inaccurate one. Fishtown is probably one of the strongest neighborhoods in the city. It did not experience "white flight" in the 1950s, and it hasn't to this day. I am not talking about it being one of the strongest Philadelphia neighborhoods, but one of the strongest in America.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Gone are the days in the 1940s and '50s when Clete Cunningham's father opened a welding supply company in what oldtimers call Fishtown, and "there was so much manufacturing in the city that there was plenty of business to go around. " But these days, amid coffee shops and brew pubs, the area has been rebranded as East Kinsington and is becoming a business incubator, nurturing small arts- and tech-based companies. "They are tiny little customers now, but we know from experience that some of them will grow into huge, multimillion dollar corporations," said Cunningham, who leads J.A. Cunningham Equipment Inc., founded in 1946 on Trenton Avenue.
NEWS
August 13, 2003
I'VE JUST READ one of the most positive, well-written Daily News letters of all time: "A Celebration of Fishtown " (Aug. 7). I couldn't agree with Mr. Kilpatrick more. Do I live in Fishtown? No, not yet. My family is moving there at the end of the month, and we made our decision based on many of the points this neighborhood son brings up. We knew for years that Fishtown was a solid, family-oriented, working-class neighborhood with quality people. We now live in Fairmount, another great city neighborhood whose residents have many friends and family in Fishtown.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
For jewelry artisan Sarah Lewis, this month is a time for celebration. Celebration, yes. Easy breathing, no. She opened her boutique in Fishtown, Philadelphia's latest neighborhood-on-a-comeback, on May 6, 2011. Experts say five years in business is needed before survival can be declared for small start-ups. Lewis's smile gave way to a slightly pained expression when she was asked last week about her total investment to bring Adorn Boutique to life at 1314 Frankford Ave. There's a mortgage, and the cost of transforming the former welding shop into an inviting retail outpost.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
By A.J. Thomson Call it a Wynn-win for Philadelphia. The 300-room casino-hotel for Philadelphia proposed by Steve Wynn would sit about five blocks from my home in Fishtown, and extend up into lower Port Richmond. It should be the only site up for discussion. Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd., which has similar operations in Las Vegas and Macau, is intent on building a destination resort on this 60-acre site, which extends along North Beach Street from Palmer to Cumberland Streets.
FOOD
October 23, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The latest branch of Tandoor India, beneath the El tracks along Front Street, seems to be in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of it all. Just a few years ago, this industrial landscape at the northern edge of Fishtown was relatively obscure. Today, it's on the cusp of major gentrification, and, just a half-block from the Berks station on the Market-Frankford line, it's almost convenient for a midday kebab run from Center City (there's also a parking lot). It may be worth it. Shafi Gaffar and his partner, Ray Ibrahim, who last year bought and rehabbed University City's somewhat tired Tandoor India, have given a smart makeover to the lofty warehouse space of this seven-month-old Fishtown location.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
A blimp made an unscheduled landing on a construction site Friday evening in the city's Fishtown section. No injuries were reported after the two-passenger blimp went down along the 1900 block of Richmond Street just after 6:45 p.m., police said. The Police Aviation Unit posted photos of the downed blimp on Twitter. People could be seen inspecting the blimp, which appeared to wrapped around a utility police. The blimp was displaying advertising for Bostik, an adhesive company.
FOOD
July 29, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 26, 2016:   Craig LaBan: What's been making your meals exciting since we last spoke? How are you surviving the crowds, the protest- and motorcade-driven traffic jams, not to mention the heat? Has your dining itinerary been crimped or unaffected (so far) by the big events? Reader : I've got a couple [pictures] of some Pizzeria Beddia pies that will make you drool, thanks to my friend who waited in the downpour on Saturday to reserve our pies.
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REAL_ESTATE
August 8, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
New Kensington Community Development Corp. wasn't sure that "Awesometown" was the right name for its 14-home, mixed-income development lying between Moyer and East Thompson Streets in Fishtown. But Postgreen Homes, which had been "doing interesting things in the neighborhood," in the words of New Kensington executive director Sandy Saltzman, was the partner in the project, and the name "fit into its brand of marketing. " Not surprisingly, "people gravitated to it," Saltzman said, adding that "every time we talk about it, they say that it is 'awesome.' " It is awesome, in many respects, not the least of which is that all 14 homes - 10 market-rate and four affordable - have been sold, even as the four East Thompson Street houses and the driveways for the project are in the final weeks of construction.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
About 90 years after his grandfather helped introduce talking movies to Philadelphians, Bruce Frank returns with an innovation of his own. He has named his new business Revolutions, opening at month's end in Fishtown's Penn Treaty Village development. You can call Revolutions an MVE - industry term for a multi-venue entertainment site. Just don't call it a bowling alley, because it's much more than that. While spinning gears, balls, bottles, and turntables seek to create what Frank calls "the wow factor," Revolutions' primary come-on will be 26 lanes of Brunswick bowling tweaked with some pretty cool creature comforts and technology.
FOOD
August 5, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
North of Northern Liberties, the intermittent clanging of a tinny firehouse bell is a sound familiar to many. But it doesn't signal a blaze requiring immediate attention. There, the ring means one thing: The pizza truck is coming your way. A roving staple of the River Wards for more than 50 years, this boxy, boisterous slice-dispensing truck is an institution in this part of town, an outlier untouched by the pull of the new-wave mobile-food culture. It's not wrapped in loud graphics; it doesn't work college-campus or music-festival circuits.
NEWS
August 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
One of two people charged in the December beating death of a longtime block captain in Fishtown has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. James Cheever, 51, of Port Richmond, also pleaded guilty Monday to charges of conspiracy, robbery, and possession of an instrument of crime. Cheever and codefendant Jane Johnson, 47, both knew Kathryn Wilson, 54, who lived alone with two small dogs on the 1300 block of Earl Street. Johnson had cleaned Wilson's house for years and Cheever did odd jobs for her, according to Homicide Capt.
FOOD
July 29, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 26, 2016:   Craig LaBan: What's been making your meals exciting since we last spoke? How are you surviving the crowds, the protest- and motorcade-driven traffic jams, not to mention the heat? Has your dining itinerary been crimped or unaffected (so far) by the big events? Reader : I've got a couple [pictures] of some Pizzeria Beddia pies that will make you drool, thanks to my friend who waited in the downpour on Saturday to reserve our pies.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
A big reason for the boom in fast-casual chains has been the renewed embrace of that old axiom "you are what you eat. " Their salad and stir-fry options are fresher than meals you get at your typical burger joint, with more vegetables and fewer mystery ingredients. It's still fast food, of course, just better for you. Honeygrow , a Philadelphia-bred fast-casual chain that has been planting its all-natural flag up and down the Eastern Seaboard , has taken that healthy lifestyle philosophy in an architectural direction with its new Fishtown headquarters on Front Street.
REAL_ESTATE
July 11, 2016 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Daniel Glaubinger and Sauce Leon were moving to Philadelphia from Newark, N.J., and they wanted a home that was environmentally sustainable and did not take up a lot of room. For the couple - Glaubinger teaches high school history and Leon, his husband, teaches special education at an elementary school - house-hunting resulted in that vision's evolving a bit. "First, we looked at old houses, and we loved the way they looked, but they had all kinds of leakages and high costs," says Glaubinger.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
A blimp made an unscheduled landing on a construction site Friday evening in the city's Fishtown section. No injuries were reported after the two-passenger blimp went down along the 1900 block of Richmond Street just after 6:45 p.m., police said. The Police Aviation Unit posted photos of the downed blimp on Twitter. People could be seen inspecting the blimp, which appeared to wrapped around a utility police. The blimp was displaying advertising for Bostik, an adhesive company.
NEWS
April 21, 2016
Fresh off her victory in New York, Hillary Clinton will make two appearances Wednesday in Philadelphia. She will join a discussion with former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Mothers of the Movement at 4:15 p.m. at St. Paul's Baptist Church, 1000 Wallace St. Due to space constraints, this event is invitation only. Clinton will appear Wednesday night at the Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St., Fishtown. An event listing from her campaign says Clinton will "discuss her vision for the future and plan to help Americans across the country break the barriers that are holding them back.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
What if buying life-giving literature were just as easy as buying a bag of Herr's Original Crisp 'N Tasty potato chips or Goldenberg's Peanut Chews? There's a vending machine for that. Nic Esposito is the founder of Fishtown craft book publisher the Head & the Hand Press. Among his many duties, he is mixing his passions for literature and food - with a vending machine that dispenses tasty, nourishing books of locally themed fiction and poetry. Esposito sees an abiding connection between writing and growing food.
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