April 24, 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.
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.
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.
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.
January 5, 2015 |
Developer Andrew Kaplin is branching into Fishtown and New Jersey, expanding the business that he and his father, real estate attorney Marc B. Kaplin, started in 2005. The Kaplins are working on about a half-dozen residential and mixed-use projects. At Revolution Development Group, Andrew Kaplin runs operations day to day. Sister Simi Kaplin Baer, a lawyer, also works for the firm, handling transactional issues. "We have leapfrogged from Old City to South Kensington to Fishtown," Andrew Kaplin said.
April 18, 2015 |
The entrance to what's promised to be Philadelphia's hottest music club come fall is a gravel lot under an I-95 overpass. Now, it's just an abandoned metal factory in Fishtown - windows long blown out, covered in graffiti. But by fall, developers promise, it will be home to the Fillmore, a 2,500-seat music hall that promoter Live Nation aims to fill with big-name talent, as well as the Foundry, a more intimate venue with room for 450 aimed at local bands and up-and-coming talent, and a lounge.
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.