January 19, 2012
A 28-year-old Fishtown man has been charged with two bank robberies in Northeast Philadelphia, police said Tuesday. Brandon Shields was arrested Monday at an apartment complex in Wynnewood by members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and Lower Merion police. Shields, of the 1100 block of East Eyre Street, allegedly robbed a PNC Bank at 6855 Frankford Ave. on Dec. 7 and a Citizens Bank at 6537 Castor Ave. on Jan. 6. - Robert Moran
March 19, 2013 |
No beckoning searchlights, no red carpet, not even a drop-in by a city dignitary marked Bottle Bar East's grand opening in December. Still, it was a big deal - another first in a string of new ventures, with plenty more planned, for a stretch of Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia's transitioning Fishtown neighborhood. Major credit for the ongoing metamorphosis from Girard Avenue to Master Street goes to restaurant royal Stephen Starr, who since 2011 has opened two culinary outposts - Frankford Hall, a beer garden, and Fette Sau, a barbecue joint - in a place where for decades the primary entertainment draw had been restaurant/music club Johnny Brenda's.
February 9, 2012 |
MARYELISE DOYNE told a packed courtroom yesterday about the early-morning robbery attempt by two men on a Fishtown street that ended with her boyfriend of 2 1/2 years being shot dead on Nov. 13. One man - later identified as Ryan McMunus of Kensington - had a gun, she said during a preliminary hearing, and the other pulled up his T-shirt to cover part of his face. In court she identified the second man as Richard Smith, 19, of Fishtown. Doyne said her boyfriend, Shane Kelly, 27, of Mayfair, argued with the robbers and told them, "If you're going to shoot me, shoot me. " She called police and stopped a passing female motorist at Thompson and Berks streets, and asked for help.
May 12, 1988 |
It is Philadelphia's St. Elsewhere, St. Mary Hospital is. The El rattles at eye level a couple blocks away, past the old barrel works and the depot where, years ago, you could get an excursion train to the shore. And like the sugar houses and mills, the railyards and even the bank, now St. Mary says it's leaving. It's not St. Mary saying it, so much as Franciscan Health System of Chadds Ford, the 12-hospital corporation founded by the Sisters of St. Francis. Fishtown can't believe its ears.
October 1, 2014 |
IN POINT BREEZE coffee shops, Fishtown pubs and South Street tattoo parlors, Philadelphia has a Secret Admirer . Every week, flash fiction, comics, trivia, crosswords and other quirky muses fill Secret Admirer 's four pages in what its creator, David Commins calls "an art project, more than a journalism project. " There are seemingly no rules for Commins' free, DIY publication, except that Monday is production day and Tuesday is distribution day, a task he completes on his bike.
July 3, 2011 |
In the mid-1990s, the World Wide Web was relatively new and just beginning to be appreciated by businesses for its e-commerce potential. To many, the Internet was still a great unknown and a source of anxiety. Thus, the name that Mia and Tracy Levesque chose at the time for their Web-design company: Yikes. It's a five-letter word the couple are uttering with regularity these days over their own anxiety. "This is the riskiest thing we've ever done," Tracy Levesque said, sitting cross-legged on the floor in the middle of a $1.1 million construction project in full sawdust-laden progress.
April 23, 2011 |
George Leisenring was 26, a German immigrant living alone in Fishtown, working as a blacksmith, when President Abraham Lincoln issued a call for volunteers to defend the nation's capital. Virginia had just seceded from the union. Leisenring boarded a train at Broad Street and Washington Avenue with 1,200 others on April 19, 1861. Lacking both uniforms and weapons, the regiment made it only to Baltimore's President Street Station, where a mob of secessionists attacked its train.
December 8, 2014 |
In 2011, Heather Thomason was living in Brooklyn, N.Y., working in graphic design and spending her off-hours at farmers' markets and food co-ops to fuel her cooking habit. "People asked me did I wish that I worked in food, because I was always talking about food and always cooking," she says. Now - three years and one radical career change later - she's a butcher and manager at Kensington Quarters, the new restaurant, bar, and butcher shop in Fishtown that specializes in carving up whole animals sustainably raised on local farms.
November 2, 2014 |
Helen Heenan bought a 19th-century house on the 400 block of East Wildey Street in Fishtown in 2013. It was uninhabitable at the time. Using an FHA program called 203k, Heenan was able to finance both the acquisition of the property and nearly all of a total renovation. A native of Port Richmond, Heenan has lived on and off in Fishtown for nearly 20 years. First, she was renting houses with roommates, and then, after a stint working in Ireland and attending business school in London, she finally bought her own Philadelphia house in 2005.
October 20, 1989 |
For several years, Frank and Joe Schmidt have walked from their Fishtown home to hang out at an old neighborhood bar in the city's Kensington section. Monday night, their trip was interrupted. The two were attacked by a group of 10 to 12 men - one who attempted to run the Schmidt brothers down with a car, and several others who beat them with sticks and pipes, according to Joe Schmidt. Joe Schmidt, 36, escaped, but 34-year-old Frank was badly injured. He was rushed with head injuries to Episcopal Hospital, where he died yesterday afternoon.