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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.
FOOD
September 2, 2016
In a city of pizza riches, Fishtown already serves some of the best, from the cheffy Neapolitans at Wm. Mulherin's Sons to the crispy cult rounds at Pizzeria Beddia. With the recent arrival of Medusa along its northern edge, the neighborhood now has another worthy destination - a starkly modern and spacious bilevel hall that makes the wood-fired pizza experience all the more accessible. The view from its second floor deck, gazing north from the corner of York and Gaul over the rooftops of rapidly gentrifying Kensington and Port Richmond, is a draw in itself.
NEWS
April 22, 2012 | By Charles Murray
Coming Apart, the book I published a few months ago, tracks the cultural divergences in America's classes from 1960 to 2010, focusing on whites as a way of getting people to understand that the problems I describe aren't driven by minorities. I used Belmont, an affluent Boston suburb, as my label for the white upper middle class, and Fishtown, referring to Philadelphia's own Fishtown, one of the oldest white working-class communities in America, as my label for the white working class.
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September 11, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Ten years ago this week, a music-venue-that-could opened above a former boxer's bar at the corner of Girard and Frankford Avenues on the border of the then-not-so-hip neighborhood of Fishtown. The opening-night bill on Sept. 13, 2006, at Johnny Brenda's didn't seem that big a deal at the time. It featured four local acts: a neighborhood band fronted by songwriter Adam Granduciel called the War on Drugs ; a solo set by Meg Baird, then lead singer of the psychedelic-folk band Espers; blues player Jack Rose; and Bardo Pond , the West Philly psych-rock band fronted by Isobel Sollenberger.
NEWS
September 5, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
Philly's artisan spirit scene continues to steam along with another worthy new player. Red Brick Craft Distillery opened to the public in January in a rehabbed former widget factory in Kensington. But its more creative and aged spirits are only just debuting this fall. Among them is an impressive (albeit still young) small-barrel malt whiskey made from Pennsylvania grain (plus a dash of Massachusetts chocolate malt for dark intrigue). I'm also looking forward to the October release of From the Woods, a unique spirit distilled from mead that's vividly steeped with local birch wood.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Krista Yutzy-Burkey remembers how her hands shook last year when she and her husband, Steve, signed the contract to buy a century-old public bathhouse at Front and Girard in Fishtown. With its dramatic arched entrance and soaring interior, the building was perfect for their new business, an arts-focused children's play space. The location, not so much. The bathhouse sits in the lee of the Market-Frankford El , the elevated train line that courses down the middle of Front Street, through the millennial precincts of Fishtown and Kensington on its way to the Frankford Transportation Center . Yet, even as the rowhouse blocks on either side began making a comeback in recent years, the murky, blighted strip under the El remained a notorious haven for drugs and crime - the last place a parent would want to push a stroller.
FOOD
September 2, 2016
In a city of pizza riches, Fishtown already serves some of the best, from the cheffy Neapolitans at Wm. Mulherin's Sons to the crispy cult rounds at Pizzeria Beddia. With the recent arrival of Medusa along its northern edge, the neighborhood now has another worthy destination - a starkly modern and spacious bilevel hall that makes the wood-fired pizza experience all the more accessible. The view from its second floor deck, gazing north from the corner of York and Gaul over the rooftops of rapidly gentrifying Kensington and Port Richmond, is a draw in itself.
NEWS
August 29, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
A long time ago, I went to work at a restaurant in Chambéry, France, and along the way discovered an entire class of refreshing alpine wines I'd never heard of before.   Chignin? Roussette? These regional curiosities were hardly ever seen then, even in cosmopolitan Paris. But 25 years later, on the more adventurous lists of Philadelphia's suddenly burgeoning wine scene, the mountain wines of the French Savoi e have become one sign of a sommelier who encourages guests to explore.
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.
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