March 1, 2014 |
Stand at the corner of Ninth and Berks Streets in North Philadelphia and you can practically feel the tidal wave of gentrification bearing down from both directions. One block west, the twin concrete towers of Temple University's Anderson Hall loom up like a medieval gate. Walk a few blocks east and you're enveloped in the hipster precincts of Fishtown. But the parts in between have been forsaken for so long that it's hard to recall what this rowhouse neighborhood was like in its prime.
June 7, 2013
To call Pizzeria Beddia hot is an understatement. This tiny Fishtown corner takeout is as inconvenient as possible - open only Wednesday through Saturday, with a limited cash-only menu and no phone. But I'd endure the hour-plus wait again because Joe Beddia puts so much love into every crispy New York-style round. From the locally sourced ingredients to his meticulously fermented dough, he practically sends each one into the oven with a goodbye kiss. But things get genuinely hot with the Arrabiata, an "angry" pizza whose thick Jersey tomato sauce is spiked with so many chiles, both pickled serranos and thinly shaved fresh Thai peppers, that it's bound to become Philly's new object of spicy desire.
September 15, 2014 |
What's in a name? For developer Chad Ludeman, quite a lot. His projects include Awesometown in Fishtown, Duplexcellence in South Kensington, and Folsom Powerhouse in Francisville. And now, Pop! - two cork-clad and -insulated houses that feature purifying air-filtration systems and green roofs. Postgreen Homes, founded by Ludeman and run by him, wife Courtney, and partner Nic Darling, is anything but an ordinary development company. And quite a few buyers, it turns out, are sold on those distinctive names.
October 17, 2014
REMEMBER Kathy Sledge , the lead vocalist from the Philly-based singing group Sister Sledge ("We are Family" and "He's the Greatest Dancer")? She has a new song that's No. 1 on the Billboard dance-club breakout chart. It's called "Keep it Movin' " and she performed it with the Aristofreeks . It's an electronic dance-track song that makes you bop in your seat. "I wrote the song from a lot of the things I was going through in life," she told me earlier this week. "This song is very special because it's very personal.
August 17, 1988 |
AT GIRARD AND BERKS, Vickie Williams and son Mike, 3, stop to chat with a neighbor, Angelo Vassios, while their transportation takes five. Williams, who boards her gray Arabian, TC, in a nearby stable, occasionally rides it in her Philadelphia neighborhood. Vassios is the owner of the Girard Restaurant at Girard Avenue and Berks Street in Fishtown.
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.
July 30, 2009 |
David W. Sale Jr., the 22-year-old killed outside a Phillies game Saturday, had worked for a North Wales chemical company for a year and was a "good employee and friend of many people," the company says. This weekend, the friends who remembered Sale as cheery and hard-partying will gather to bury him at a Souderton church. "I'm never going to find anyone even close to him as a friend," said Dan Curran, 22, of Lansdale, who had Phillies season tickets with Sale. The two, friends from their North Penn High School days, used to take road trips to Pittsburgh, attend country-music concerts, and share other adventures.
October 13, 2012 |
Henry Walter Isenberg, 88, a survivor of Hitler's pre-World War II Nazi Germany, died from a brain injury on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Isenberg immigrated to the United States in 1936 at age 12, leaving his family in their hometown, Magdeburg. He was one of the many Jewish children rescued before the start of World War II. In the United States, Mr. Isenberg was taken in by a foster family in Terre Haute, Ind., where he learned English and attended school.
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.