September 16, 2016 |
Howard Sullivan remembers riding on construction equipment at Broad and Oxford Streets when he was 10, as workers broke ground at Progress Plaza and his father's dream became reality. The shopping center, which opened in 1968 in the heart of North Philadelphia, was the brainchild of the Rev. Leon Sullivan, a civil rights icon who fought apartheid in South Africa and encouraged black economic development at home. Sullivan Progress Plaza, as it is now known, was the first shopping center in the country that was developed, owned, and operated by African Americans.
May 20, 2016 |
AS YOU MAKE the way into Xfinity Live! from the Wells Fargo Center, you pass a statue of Gary Dornhoefer scoring the Flyers' first-ever overtime goal, against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 5 of a first-round playoff series in 1973, and propelling the franchise to its first playoff series win. There's Kate Smith in the middle of "God Bless America," the Flyers' good-luck charm during their Stanley Cup runs of 1974 and 1975. There's also one of Julius Erving, ball high above his head in his right hand, legs bent and ready for flight.
September 17, 2015 |
A state historical marker will be installed in front of the Curtis Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday honoring artist Maxfield Parrish, who attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the 1890s. The Curtis Center, at Sixth and Walnut Streets, is home to Parrish's celebrated Dream Garden , an enormous glass mosaic created in collaboration with Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the subject of one of the city's most contentious preservation battles. The 15-by-49-foot mural was designed as the crown jewel of Cyrus Curtis' 1910 headquarters, where such magazines as the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal were published.
March 30, 2015 |
One hundred years ago, on April 7, 1915, one of the 20th century's greatest singers was born in Philadelphia. The name on the birth certificate was Elinore Harris, born in Philadelphia General Hospital on Curie Boulevard in West Philadelphia, a tax-supported municipal hospital that ministered mostly to indigent patients. She became known to the world as Billie Holiday, a transcendent singer with a tragic American life. Fans of jazz - of music, period - will observe her centenary worldwide.
May 22, 2014 |
THEY CALLED Eddie Gottlieb "The Mogul" because of the ability and power he had to get things done. In the early days of the NBA, he was the man who got the league moving in the right direction. Heck, he was putting the schedules together by hand in the 1970s. A lot of that same persistance and determination have been the impetus behind installation of a historic marker that will be unveiled today at South Philadelphia High School. Gottlieb, founder of the Philadelphia SPHAs and former coach and owner of the Warriors, who is enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., was a 1916 graduate of South Philly High, and it is where he discovered basketball.
November 16, 2012 |
THE STONE staircase, sandwiched between rowhouses and connecting Water Street and Front Street on an Old City block, seems like any ordinary set of old steps. Residents store their trash cans on them, and fallen leaves line the treads, which dip a bit in the middle from the masses that have climbed up and down them. But neighbors of the Wood Street Steps in Old City say they are a historic treasure, the last remaining steps of about a dozen such staircases William Penn in 1684 ordered be built to ensure public access to the increasingly congested Delaware River waterfront.
October 31, 2012 |
Driving straight from 3901 Henry Ave. in East Falls down to the Schuylkill, particularly at dusk, when the river settles like glass, with three single scullers rowing right out of an Eakins, it's not hard to see why John B. Kelly built his family home there. The neighbors - not to mention fans of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, around the world - have always known that the 21/2-story brick Georgian home at Henry and Coulter Avenues was the Kelly family home. Now, everyone who passes by will also know, with the addition of a blue state historical marker outside the home commemorating the Kelly family.
September 12, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A fan of Muhammad Ali has acquired an important piece of memorabilia: the boxing great's boyhood home. Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss closed on the property earlier this week, a Louisville realtor told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Realtor Dave Lambrechts said Weiss paid $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang at 3302 West Grand Ave., in a neighborhood of neat, modest homes. "The guy's a huge Ali fan, and that's what kind of spurred this," Lambrechts said.
October 25, 2011 |
Ira Tucker Jr. used to think that going to Sister Rosetta Tharpe's house was like going to Hollywood. Even if all he did was cross Broad Street into Yorktown. But here, on the east side of North Philadelphia, was where many African American role models lived - the schoolteachers, lawyers, and doctors who mowed the lawns in front of their homes and parked late-model cars in their garages. "You'd see these people and think, 'I might be able to get here someday,' " Tucker said Monday.