June 4, 2003 |
Edward Batzig Jr. and Jason Sweeney were 16-year-old boys who liked to pal around in their Fishtown neighborhood, playing video games or listening to the radio. Two summers ago, Jason went to the Shore with Eddie's family. Later that summer, Eddie vacationed with Jason's family in Florida. They were good friends, maybe best friends. Early yesterday at Police Headquarters, Eddie told his parents he killed Jason. "He told me he did," Edward Batzig Sr. said. "He confessed to the police.
January 22, 2016 |
Later, there will be tale-telling. The time the mosquito got trapped in the car on the way back from the Shore, feasting on the kids who were pinned down by the luggage stacked on their laps. And the time one son-in-law's eyes turned yellow, the first sign of a failing liver. And on and on around the table - nine feet long (with the card table appended). This is the almost-closing act of one more Sunday supper in the Fishtown dining room of Michael DiBerardinis, a ritual stretching back now more than 20 years.
November 8, 2015 |
Philadelphia, as seen through the price tag at the bottom of a whiskey glass, can seem like a disorienting place. Isn't it strange that the same two-ounce pour of Jefferson's Reserve bourbon can run you anywhere from $15 to $24? Or that a shot of Highland Park 12-year-old Scotch will range from $13 to $22? A tumbler of familiar Maker's Mark will cost $9. Or it might cost $13, depending on where you are drinking. Few things in the restaurant world fluctuate according to address prestige quite as drastically as a pour of booze.
October 16, 2015 |
On a recent Sunday morning, the line of hipsters and bagel lovers (and hipster bagel lovers) snaked out the door of a Fishtown storefront and around the corner. They had all wandered there in search of a certain form of manna: Philly Style Bagels, a for-now pop-up business that's aiming to help put Philadelphia, finally, on the map as a bagel town. If ever there were a sign that bagels - too long a schlubby breakfast afterthought in this city - are finally having their moment, this early-morning queue for hand-rolled, slow-fermented bagels might be it. Other signs of life in the erstwhile bagel desert that is Philadelphia include the spreading Spread Bagelry establishment, fancy flavors like za'atar and togarashi at Washington Square newcomer Knead, and even the high-concept bagels at High Street on Market.
June 23, 2011 |
George Zallie Sr., 84, of Voorhees, owner and founder of Zallie Supermarkets Inc. in South Jersey, died Saturday, June 18. Mr. Zallie's interests extended beyond retailing. A website for Jefferson Medical College states that the George Zallie and Family Laboratory for Cardiovascular Gene Therapy is "focused on making gene therapy for congestive heart failure a clinical reality. " A spokeswoman for Wakefern Food Corp., in Keasbey, N.J., stated in a news release that "in 1980, the Zallie family joined Wakefern Food Corp.," a retailer-owned cooperative whose members operate supermarkets under the ShopRite banner.
July 11, 2015 |
In a decision that will protect Fishtown's St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church from demolition - at least temporarily - the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted overwhelmingly Friday to grant the 19th-century building historic status. Cheers erupted after the vote, which followed a lengthy and emotional hearing that pitted parishioners, neighborhood residents, preservationists, several Polish heritage groups, and even Poland's honorary consul against the church hierarchy. Because St. Laurentius is Philadelphia's oldest church built by Polish immigrants, the community considers it a cultural touchstone.
May 13, 2014 |
ANGELA POTE remembers many low points in her life - living in a place where she had to fight rats from the crib. Or sending one of her sons to school with a single Pop-Tart for lunch, because that's all she had. Maybe one of the lowest, though, was living in a house in Fishtown with barely any walls; there was electricity, but no heat or hot water. She would curl up in bed with her six kids trying to stay warm. This was hard because they lived there through a winter of ice storms. Fortunately, her mother-in-law lived down the street, so she would take her kids there to feed and wash them.
December 22, 2015 |
It turns out, tintypes aren't just for Civil War soldiers. They're for bicyclists and drummers and surfers and judges and college professors - anyone who wants to engage an 1860s photographic process to forever fix their black-and-white image onto a small piece of metal, to embrace an old process that's become suddenly hip. It's the steampunk of photography. And, after fading from popularity at about the time Sitting Bull was surrendering to federal troops, it's making a small, stylish comeback, led by a few specialist photographers, prominent among them Nashville-based Giles Clement.
April 6, 2015 |
John and Melissa Lattanzio realized last year that they were priced out of the red-hot real estate market in Fishtown, so they began looking for a house in nearby Olde Kensington. "The options seemed to be a house that would need a lot of updating, or a quickly and generically rehabbed house," said Melissa Lattanzio. "We had lived in Fishtown for eight years and knew the neighborhood. But the construction and investors were driving up prices. Sellers wanted all cash in many cases.
December 20, 2015
Samesies, a duo made up of DJs Nicky Devine and Frances Quinlan - the latter of whom is the singer of Philadelphia 2015 breakout indie band Hop Along - take over Johnny Brenda's in Fishtown. 8 p.m. Monday.