March 19, 2016 |
Sometimes you're just born with a powerful punch, that straight-off-the-street sledgehammer that can send an opponent's brain bouncing around his skull like a pinball. Mike Rafferty, the youngest and skinniest of four boys growing up in a Grays Ferry rowhouse, had to work for it. He built himself up in the old Augie's Gym at Ninth and Passyunk under the tutelage of Jimmy Arthur, a man who could teach a mouse to drop a cat. Rafferty harnessed power in his hips, found the footwork to drive his fist home, and pounded on his hands just the right way, so that at age 44 his knuckles still rise like a mountain range.
March 13, 2016 |
Seven Philadelphia-area "hipster" zip codes - five in the city, and Ardmore and Upper Darby - are among the top 30 nationally for profitable home flipping, says RealtyTrac, the Irvine, Calif., foreclosure search engine. RealtyTrac analyzed single-family homes and condos flipped (sold twice within a 12-month period) in 2015 in more than 15,000 zip codes nationwide and identified the top 30 so-called "hipster" zip codes for flipping. Flips in most of these local zip codes account for relatively few of the total home sales in 2015 - 3.3 percent in Upper Darby to 12.9 percent in 19146, comprising Southwest Center City and Point Breeze.
March 3, 2016 |
Moisture in a foundation wall caused the collapse of a house in Grays Ferry over the weekend, a spokeswoman with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections says. The two-story corner property, at Patton and Reed Streets, flattened at about 7:40 a.m. Saturday, sending one man who lived there to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Karen Guss, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections, said in an email that the collapse of the property at 1401 South Patton Street was caused by a "sudden failure of the stone foundation wall along Reed Street ... resulting from moisture infiltration over a prolonged period of time.
March 1, 2016
ISSUE | SCHUYLKILL TRAIL Add works of art and they will come The art scene in Philadelphia has been crippled by gallery closings in Center City and the eviction of artists from studios in and around the Spring Garden district. Why don't we use the opportunity that the Schuylkill River Development Corp. has provided ("Another Big Step," Friday) to energize the riverbanks of the Grays Ferry and Kingsessing neighborhoods with the next dedicated arts district, taking advantage of the proximity to Center City, lower rents, amenities, and vacant warehouses?
March 1, 2016
Two teenage boys were shot and wounded Sunday shortly before 6 p.m. in the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia. Police said a 15-year-old was shot in the left side of his abdomen and in the right foot. Police rushed him to Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, where he was in critical condition. A 17-year-old was shot in the left calf and left arm. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital by city medics, and was listed in stable condition. Police said they were investigating the double shooting near 31st Street and Tasker Avenue.
February 29, 2016 |
A house collapsed in Grays Ferry early Saturday and one person was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, authorities said. A Fire Department dispatcher said the 911 call about the collapse came in at about 7:40 a.m. for a house on the 1400 block of Patton Street. The dispatcher did not know the condition of the person taken to the hospital. CBS3 reported that it was a 39-year-old man. The cause of the collapse is under investigation. A rapid-response team of inspectors from the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections went to the two-story property at 1401 Patton Street, at the corner of Reed.
February 17, 2016
Philadelphia lost a little piece of its soul Friday with the death of Acel Moore, the longtime Inquirer editor and columnist who for more than 40 years provided insight both within and outside this newspaper into what it meant to live, to work, to dream, to fail, to succeed, and to hope in this city. Moore did all of that in the town where he grew up and became a newspaperman. It was no easy feat. Born when Philadelphia matched some southern cities in its racial bias, Moore worked his way up from copy boy, a term he despised, to become one of the Inquirer's first black reporters.
October 30, 2015
DOUGLAS McKAY got the call from God while sitting on a bar stool at Sam's Bar, 30th and Wharton, Grays Ferry, USA. It wasn't the first call he heard, but it was the final one. After a fight at Sam's that night (he won, he says) he got lost in thought. He wasn't destined to spend his life on a bar stool at Sam's. The next day McKay presented himself to his parish priest at St. Gabriel's, the massive stone Catholic church dominating his Irish, working-class neighborhood. He said he wanted to become a priest.
July 17, 2015 |
The City Council race between incumbent Kenyatta Johnson and Ori Feibush delivered fireworks. But you wouldn't know that from the results of Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary. In the end, the freshman councilman outpaced Feibush by nearly 2-1. The Inquirer sat down last week with Feibush, who made headlines long before his self-funded foray into politics as a brash businessman and a staunch critic of Johnson. Feibush, 31, who owns a real estate business and a chain of coffee shops that bear his initials, OCF, is best known as a developer, having helped build hundreds of homes in the rapidly changing Second District, which includes Grays Ferry, Point Breeze, and part of South Philadelphia.
June 7, 2015 |
Doris Polsky, 90, a precocious mathematician who helped integrate Mount Airy, died Wednesday, June 3, in her home at Cresheimbrook Condominium. Along with her twin sister, she was recruited out of the Philadelphia High School for Girls to work on Army ballistics research during World War II. Together, they also helped found the Allens Lane Art Center and West Mount Airy Neighbors. As owners of Twin Realty, they helped stanch white flight in Northwest Philadelphia during the 1960s, thwarting banks' redlining practices and selling to people of all colors, creeds, and sexual orientations.