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September 30, 1994 | By Carol Morello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A crowd of angry Fishtown residents booed Mayor Rendell last night as he left an ecumenical prayer service intended to promote racial tolerance in the neighborhood. "You're not my mayor," several shouted at Rendell as he finished addressing the audience inside the East Baptist Church. Many complained that neither Rendell nor Councilman Joe Vignola had visited the neighborhood to hear residents' complaints about increasing crime and violence. About 100 residents had gathered spontaneously outside the church - about the same number as those who were attending the service inside - after word spread that Fishtown was being bad-mouthed as racist.
NEWS
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
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
NEWS
February 9, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
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.
NEWS
May 12, 1988 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2011 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 23, 2011 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
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.
NEWS
October 20, 1989 | By Sheila Simmons, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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