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.
August 16, 2011 |
EDWARD John Staniszewski called himself a saver of soles. Yes, soles. What you have on the bottom of your shoes. Needless to say, Edward was a shoemaker. But not only a shoemaker. Edward Staniszewski was a legendary figure in Fishtown, where his Star Shoe Service, at 311 E. Girard Ave., kept businesspeople, lawyers, judges, politicians, celebrities, cops, firefighters and ordinary citizens well-shod for more than 60 years. As his son-in-law, Eric W. Herr, wrote in an obituary, Edward and his wife "became permanently woven into the rich tapestry of the Fishtown community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 1994 |
Two white men were arrested last night on charges of breaking into the home of a black family in Fishtown and bludgeoning a deaf woman and her son in what police say was a racial attack. The brother of one suspect and a woman were being sought on arrest warrants. At least one may surrender today, said police. A fifth suspect, also a woman, has not been identified by name. The bat-wielding gang attacked the only black family on Marlborough Street near Thompson Friday night to avenge a verbal tiff hours earlier between teen- age girls, said Lt. Stephen Johnson, commanding officer of the police Conflict Prevention and Resolution Unit.
July 23, 2012
A 23-year-old man suffered severe head trauma when he was hit by a vehicle in the 900 block of Delaware Avenue in the Fishtown section of the city just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Police say the victim, whose identity was not released, was involved in an altercation with bouncers from a nearby nightclub when he was struck by a blue Honda leaving the parking lot. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was in critical condition after surgery, police said. The driver fled but was later taken into custody.
June 16, 2014 |
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown, diners lined up for cups of chilled strawberry soup, as well as escargot with mushroom oatmeal and garlic scape cream. The dishes emerging from the Heart food truck, one of 14 such competitors for the 2014 Vendy Awards, were no different from the ones Heart's owners once presented at their Pottstown restaurant. "We're trying to take what we did in the restaurant and do it out here," said co-owner Tonda Woodling, who formerly ran Pottstown's Funky Lil' Kitchen.
November 19, 2012 |
It's fitting that Toronto power trio METZ got their big break by leveling crowds at the annual CMJ Music Marathon conference last month in New York. These historians of hardcore do things the old-fashioned way, evidently unbelieving in just about everything that's happened to music since the advent of the Internet. Most of their discography is 7-inch singles. If they use a computer to record their music, you couldn't tell. Signed to Sub Pop, they most resemble the clamorous rock godheads that once anchored that label's seminal roster and singles club of the late '80s and early '90s: Sonic Youth at their most punk, Mudhoney at their primal grungiest, Nirvana circa anything but Nevermind . METZ's Friday-night appearance at the tiny Kung Fu Necktie dive in Fishtown corroborated their anachronistic appeal.