July 18, 2016
Name: History Here. What it does: Provides nuggets of history about thousands of locations across the United States, including famous homes, battlefields, museums, and more. It can be used to prepare for a trip or to discover what's around you on a current trip. You can keep your own to-see list in "My Places. " Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In Google Play, requires 4.0 and up. Cost: Free.
July 18, 2016 |
It took them 13 years, but an eclectic crew of volunteers and visionaries has transformed a vacant 19th-century church into the Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum. Opening Sept. 11 in the resilient rowhouse neighborhood/emerging arts district known as Waterfront South, the architecturally impressive and thematically ambitious museum will showcase the history of the city's shipbuilding and related industries, where tens of thousands of people once worked. Camden's maritime might spurred development of entire city neighborhoods such as Fairview, as well as nearby suburban communities such as Audubon Park and Brooklawn.
July 17, 2016 |
The first real estate piece I wrote for the Inquirer, back in March 1989, was on how to determine your house's age. That was nearly 5,000 articles ago, and it applied specifically to Philadelphia and the older suburbs, but it was inspired by what I went through to determine when and by whom my first two city houses were built. Every old building has a story, though it often isn't until that building is repurposed that you hear it. In April, I wrote about MM Partners' $12 million redo: the A.F. Bornot Lofts at 17th Street and Fairmount Avenue, a mixed-use project with 17 loft-style rental apartments, two for-sale townhouses, underground parking, and five businesses comprising 15,000 square feet.
July 14, 2016 |
The magnet on the refrigerator was a saying from football coach Bill Parcells that hung in quarterback Phil Simms' locker: "Blame nobody. Expect nothing. Do something. " Brad Furman's mother put it up when Brad was a boy growing up in Lafayette Hill, 35 minutes from Center City. Both have taken it to heart. Furman, who graduated from Friends' Central School, decided early on he wanted to be in the movie business, moved to L.A., and, through force of determination, made it happen.
July 12, 2016 |
Summer is here, and the warm weather has flooded historic Philadelphia with thousands of tourists - everyone from American schoolchildren to international guests. Some locals might scoff at this influx of curious visitors, but not me. Their presence reminds me that I live in a special city. The cobblestone streets that I walk every day were the cornerstones of our nation. And because faith was so important to our nation's founders, it is impossible to explore the City of Brotherly Love without noting the centrality of religious institutions.
July 12, 2016 |
I am a grandmother of a 22-year-old college student, a black male. Many times over breakfast, I have tried to get him to read a story in the local newspaper. Sometimes he will give it a glance, but usually his attention is on his phone. Thursday morning, he pulled me into his telephone world. He showed me the story of the Twin Cities police shooting of Philando Castile and his girlfriend's wrenching account of sitting next to her dying boyfriend. The story had not yet made print media, but social media had taken the story around the world in moments.
July 2, 2016 |
When delegates and visitors arrive for the Democratic National Convention this month, it will mark the 12th presidential convention in Philadelphia history. In 1848, the Whig Party nominated Zachary Taylor for president at the former Chinese Museum at Ninth and Sansom Streets. In 1856, the American Party chose Millard Fillmore as its candidate at National Hall, 12th and Market. Ulysses S. Grant was the Republican Party choice in 1872 at the Academy of Music, at Broad and Locust. Just some of the history you can uncover at an exhibit showcasing Philadelphia's presidential convention history, 1848-2016, unveiled Thursday by former Gov. Ed Rendell, chairman of the Philadelphia host committee for the convention, at Philadelphia International Airport's Terminal A-East.
June 27, 2016
Paper Paging Through History By Mark Kurlansky W.W. Norton. 416 pp. $27.95. Reviewed by Michael D. Schaffer Mark Kurlansky has created a niche writing about things that we take for granted. Cod , his briny and brainy "biography of the fish that changed the world," won a James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing in 1999. He has written about salt and oysters and frozen food, all with a flair that can make the mundane mesmerizing.
June 25, 2016 |
The Rev. John Thomas Denny, 58, of Villanova, an Augustinian friar, priest, and educator on the Main Line, died Monday, June 20, of complications from cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Father Denny was born in Bryn Mawr, one of eight children of Joseph G. and Mary K. Schubert Denny. He graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Boston College. Although he initially entered the Augustinian Order in Lawrence, Mass., in August 1980, he withdrew the following March and went to work as a real estate agent and teacher.
June 23, 2016 |
FOR THE FIRST time since 1996, the Sixers will be making the opening pick of the NBA draft when they tab their selection on Thursday. This was part of former general manager Sam Hinkie's plan, but now it is being overseen by Bryan Colangelo, who was brought in as president of basketball operations in April - shortly after Hinkie resigned his post amid speculation his role was going to be diminished. Colangelo, who turned 51 earlier this month, will be commanding his 19th draft; he was the general manager in Phoenix for 11 seasons and held the same role for the Toronto Raptors for another seven.