August 4, 2016 |
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.
September 11, 2016 |
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.
February 19, 2016 |
See: Craig LaBan's eating and drinking guide to Fishtown and Kenzo Before it was the trend-setting gastropub Johnny Brenda's, the Fishtown bar at the corner of Frankford and Girard was owned by a former boxer of the same name who got off early from his overnight shift at the Jack Frost sugar refinery to open the bar in time for his coworkers and the 8 a.m. rush. The morning rush in Fishtown today is more likely to be for the city's best new bagels, boiling in a vat of salted beer, at Philly Style Bagels, which opened its tiny corner store in January off Palmer Park.
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.
October 16, 2015 |
Andy's Chicken is no fast-food joint. Despite the nonstop buzz behind the counter of its no-frills take-out corner, this red-hot Fishtown newcomer may, in fact, be the slowest Korean fried chicken take-out operation in the city, obliging a call-ahead order at least a half-hour in advance, and, if my experience was typical, an extra 15 minutes of patience on top of that. But it's worth the logistical challenge. Because Andy's is easily one of the best in this recent wave of new K.F.C.
July 6, 2015 |
There may be no way to hold back the tide of gentrification in such neighborhoods as Fishtown, but Sandy Salzman is trying to find ways to keep it from washing away moderate-income residents. Salzman is executive director of New Kensington Community Development Corp., and the Awesometown townhouse project is its first foray into mixed affordable housing: 10 units selling at the market rate of about $400,000, and four subsidized by NKCDC to sell for half that, with the "winners" picked by lottery.
June 12, 2015 |
Paul Kimport and William Reed's bars, beginning with Standard Tap, have a long history of serving far more ambitious food than the usual bar fare. That continues at their pioneering Fishtown pub, Johnny Brenda's, where current chef, Adam Diltz, is strutting both seasonality and well-honed technique. I loved the delicacy of his crisped squash blossoms stuffed with sweet ricotta and mint. But Diltz's serious culinary training (Boston's No. 9 Park, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, and Chicago's Everest)
May 4, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. When it comes to squishy boundaries, Fishtown's are among the squishiest. The 19125 zip code of which this Philadelphia neighborhood is a part "encompasses several different civic associations for whom boundary questions can be an issue," says Chris Somers, broker/owner of Re/Max Access in Northern Liberties, who sells and invests in Fishtown. No matter where the neighborhood begins or ends, however, it is "an extremely vibrant, hot real estate market, with new construction and renovated properties in high demand but with extremely low inventory," Somers says.
April 4, 2016 |
AT 7:05 P.M., I arrive at Sarah Grey's house for "Friday Night Meatballs. " Considering that I'm sort of crashing this dinner party at her Fishtown home, I'm self-conscious about being the first guest in the door. The feeling worsens when I realize I've stupidly forgotten to bring something to contribute to the night's meal. I offer my hostess neither wine, dessert nor humble daisies for the table. I feel my smile freeze on my face. I am mortified. But the ever-chipper Grey, 35, is too chilled-out to notice (or at least to comment on)
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.