April 7, 2014 |
ANOTHER YEAR, and the feisty members of Fishtown's St. Laurentius Catholic Church are going toe-to-toe again with their oft-nemesis, the Philadelphia Archdiocese. First came word in 2012 that the archdiocese would shutter the parish school, even though its enrollment was increasing. A fight ensued, led by passionate well-organized parish families, and St. Laurentius prevailed (the school is doing well, by the way.) Then the archdiocese announced in 2013 that St. Laurentius would merge its parish operations into Holy Name Church, a few blocks away.
September 26, 2014
Puebla-born chef Adan Trinidad knows how to cook authentic Mexican, a fact I can taste, however ironically, in the family recipe for rich, dark mole sauce that glazes his meatballs sandwiched between Asian steamed buns at Sancho Pistola's. Then again, that's what has always made Trinidad's work so tasty during his creative modern riffs on Mexican flavors at Jose Pistola's, and now its Fishtown sibling, Sancho Pistola's. The hipster factor, though, is significantly stronger on Girard Avenue, which means the need for a serious vegetarian option.
June 21, 2013 |
Joseph F. Spross, 83, a lifelong Fishtown resident who fought in the Korean War, died Friday, June 14, at his home. Mr. Spross, known to many in his neighborhood for the care he took in cleaning and maintaining the 300 block of East Thompson Street, where he lived, died of a heart attack as he was organizing trash bins for pickup that day. "Everybody in the neighborhood will miss him," said son Chris. Mr. Spross served in the Army during the Korean War, then returned to Fishtown and went to work on the bottling line for the Gruber's soda company in North Philadelphia.
June 1, 2006 |
For the last few years, Fishtown residents have dealt with increased speculation about slots parlors being located a few blocks from their homes. While it is possible that none of these locations will be chosen by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the people of Fishtown and other communities are looking at ways to minimize the impact any development would have on our neighborhoods, streets and families. Traffic concerns have dominated almost every public forum in which slots parlors have been discussed, and developers have attempted to allay our fears with studies that discount the impact that these gambling venues will have on our small, one-way streets.
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 capitol. 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 arms, the regiment made it only to Baltimore's President Street Station, where a mob of secessionists attacked its train. Leisenring, stabbed in the back and side, became the first casualty of the Civil War from Pennsylvania.
July 6, 2012 |
Philadelphia police are looking for surveillance photos and potential witnesses in the death of a 32-year-old man, shot in the chest early Sunday morning near Fourth and Lombard Streets in Society Hill. Michael G. Hagan Jr., an information-technology consultant who grew up in Pennsauken and moved to the city's Fishtown neighborhood several years ago, was an apparent robbery victim. Family members said Hagan had been out Saturday night on the Delaware River waterfront with two old friends from Pennsauken, a schoolteacher and a Peace Corps volunteer.
June 10, 2011 |
Residential garages in Philadelphia have long been both the envy of neighbors (a designated parking spot!) and the bane of urban-planning types (they're block-killers that disrupt the streetscape!). Lately, though, ambitious home buyers are seeing street-front garages as something different: opportunities. Across Philadelphia's developing neighborhoods, creative individuals with reverence for the city's industrial past and willingness to embark on expansive remodeling work are transforming former garages - often priced at a fraction of finished residences - into homes with loftlike living areas, custom workspaces, and, yes, even a parking space or two. Jennie Shanker, 47, a Fishtown-based sculptor, converted a 150-year-old carriage house-turned-machinist's garage into her workshop and home about nine years ago. "It was a complete and total shell - and in a way, that was the beauty of it," Shanker said.
December 22, 2008
WHEN I FIRST heard that the Nutter administration would be cutting certain public libraries, I automatically knew the ones in the African-American communities would be targeted first (exception of the Fishtown branch). Mayor Nutter clearly understands the consequences behind challenging the Philadelphia Eagles' multibillion-dollar football stadium, which owes the city $8 million, or targeting the Mummers Parade, which are both white-folks recreational establishments. But because this mayor has developed a slave-master relationship with the white community in this city, his tenure will forever be in a form of psychosocial obedient debt to them for electing him. Unfortunately, resulting in the cutting of urban libraries where young African-American children go to access resources is no concern to this psychologically trained "Happy Negro" mayor.
March 22, 2013 |
NOT MANY PEOPLE can go shopping and emerge from the store with a cart full of goods having either spent only a few cents or with the store actually owing them money. Marge McDermott could. At least, that was the story she told. She was a fanatic coupon-clipper, and by the time she finished delivering her coupons to the cashiers, her bill was negligible, or nonexistent. And Marge loved it. She enjoyed shopping so much that she was at two stores in Port Richmond the day before she died Saturday at age 92. She lived in Fishtown.
June 28, 1997 |
In Philadelphia, it's been demonstrated that you can take the boy out a River Ward, but you can't take the River Ward out of the boy, no matter what his biological age. Which is why River Ward Doco - now Doco of the Daily News - was assigned this story. Three of Philadelphia's most colorful River Wards are linked like sausages, better known as Fishtown, Port Richmond and Kensington. Each has its own personality, but they're more alike than not, because their rowhouse character was shaped by the early industrialization, when Philadelphia was the workshop to the world.