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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
September 26, 1994 |
Two white men were arrested yesterday in what police say was a racially motivated attack Friday night on a black family living in the city's Fishtown section. Two more arrests are expected today. Police said Jean Smith, 39, and her 15-year-old son were struck by baseball bats during the attack, in which four people broke into their home. The family is the only African American family on the block. Arrested were Thomas Norton, 24, of the 1200 block of Crease Street in Fishtown, and Edward Farrell, 21, of the 2300 block of Collins Street in Kensington.
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.
September 11, 2013 |
USUALLY prosecutors and crime victims are on the same team in court. But the family of Shane Kelly, 27, exited a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday grumbling with disgust over how Kelly's two confessed murderers were treated by the criminal-justice system. Ryan McManus, 22, the gunman, and Richard Smith, 20, his accomplice, each could have received prison sentences of 100-plus years if a jury convicted them on all counts in the fatal shooting of Kelly during a botched street robbery in Fishtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2011.
April 29, 2011 |
After spending 35 years as an insulator, beloved Fishtown fixture James "Chalk" Thompson lost his battle with mesothelioma in March, less than a year after being diagnosed. Now his family and friends are trying to fulfill his last wish by raising awareness of the disease. Thompson's daughter-in-law Leslie Gabor, of Fishtown, and other friends and family will be running in the Broad Street Run Sunday to show their support. A benefit will be held in Northern Liberties after the run, with proceeds going to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.