December 13, 2014 |
An undeveloped site that was once planned for a 45-story Trump Tower project on the Delaware River waterfront in Fishtown is for sale. The land, at 709-17 N. Penn St., was put on the market Thursday by U.S. Bank and other disappointed lenders who hoped to finance the Trump project. Broker Michael Barmash of Colliers International in Philadelphia has the listing. The two-acre site is zoned as a community commercial mixed-use district, suitable for a variety of uses, "most notably: multifamily, retail, office, medical or hotel," according to the Colliers listing.
November 17, 2015
K EITH SCANDONE, 41, of Society Hill, and Mike Gadsby, 36, of Pennsport, are CEO and CXO (chief experience officer), respectively, of O3 World, a digital product design and development agency in Fishtown. From concept and business road maps, O3 World designs, develops, deploys and maintains these products to ensure that they generate revenues. I spoke with Scandone. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: We started in 2005. Two other guys had their own companies and were doing content management, branding and Web design.
May 2, 1995 |
Gesturing and speaking through court interpreters for the hearing-impaired, a Fishtown woman yesterday told a Common Pleas Court jury that she was sitting in the living room last fall when three white men and a white woman burst in with aluminum bats and attacked her and her children. "All of a sudden the window smashed. It scared me," Joan Smith testified. "I jumped back . . . on the couch. All of a sudden there were three, four, five people beating on me, beating on my children with baseball bats.
October 29, 1994 |
Thirteen-year-old Nanniel Smith spoke shyly into a microphone at Family Court yesterday, describing how her family was sitting in the living room of their Fishtown home when they heard the front window shatter and racial slurs being shouted. After three white men and two white women - four wielding aluminum baseball bats - burst into the house on Marlborough Street after 10 p.m. on Sept. 23 and began beating them, Nanniel Smith said, she saw blood "gushing out the back" of her mother's head and "coming down the face" of her brother, Walter, 15. Her sister, Joan Smith, 12, testified she was struck in the leg with a bat. After yesterday's preliminary hearing, Judge Joseph C. Bruno ordered four Fishtown residents - Joanne Roberts, who lived a block away from the Smith home; Roberts' sons, Kevin Norton and Thomas Norton; and Edward Farrell, described as a family friend - to stand trial on charges of ethnic intimidation, simple and aggravated assault, burglary, possessing an instrument of crime, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and terroristic threats.
September 11, 2014 |
Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti were at the top of their game, famous for their particular specialty: La Colombe coffee. Then each took up a hobby, creating another specialty. Soon, each became obsessed. For Carmichael, it was distilling; he even set up a legal still - though he calls it "moonshining" - at La Colombe's roasting plant in Port Richmond. Meanwhile, Iberti revived his love of baking and set up an oven. "On Fridays, we'd make food for the staff and JP would be baking bread and I'd send them home with rum," said Carmichael, the globe-trotting entrepreneur who also stars in the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds . "We were getting very, very good at it, and we said, 'Well . . . we should share it with the world.
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.
March 29, 2016 |
They told Jeff Tubbs that crossing Girard Avenue from Northern Liberties to build in Old Kensington was a crazy idea, especially in 2009, with the residential real estate market already deep in the recessionary tank. Tubbs was undeterred, and the Flats at Girard Pointe at Third Street and Germantown Avenue was built. The prices there were groundbreaking as well: $300,000 to $450,000 in an under-$100,000 area. Six years later, in fourth quarter 2015, the median sale price for the 19125 zip code encompassing that part of the city was $280,000 on sales of 129 homes, according to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors' HomExpert Market Report.
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.
March 30, 2016 |
THE CITY of Philadelphia's 10-year tax abatement on new construction has led to the gentrification of Philadelphia's most vulnerable communities. By giving huge breaks to those who build or refurbish housing, the tax abatement has increased property values in some of our poorest neighborhoods. Along the way, it has pushed out poor tenants through higher rents, and forced out impoverished homeowners through higher property taxes. And because 55 percent of Philadelphia property taxes go to schools, the tax abatement has also denied much-needed funding to a financially strapped School District filled with children of color.
July 31, 2013 |
During the red-hot real estate boom of a few years back, flipping was big sport in many parts of the country but not particularly popular in the Philadelphia region. Times change, bubbles burst, and the game of buying and selling adjusts accordingly. These days, with the market improving and prices at pre-boom levels or less, flipping single-family homes is becoming more common in those city neighborhoods and area towns where investors see the opportunity to make quick money. Hip, desirable neighborhoods such as Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and Passyunk Square have become targets for flipping.