July 6, 2014 |
This year's appearance by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in front of Independence Hall to celebrate the nation's birthday was a stirring success - but without Peter Nero, or Independence Hall. The threat of stormy weather moved Thursday night's free concert indoors, to Verizon Hall. Storms of the legal sort moved Nero out. The Pops' president, Frank Giordano, recently filed in federal court a defamation claim against Nero in an episode stemming from an interview Nero gave to the Morning Call.
July 6, 2014 |
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden celebrated America's 238th birthday at Independence Hall, where he considered the history and future of the nation's freedoms. Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd that gathered yesterday despite an overcast sky and drizzling rain, Biden spoke of the work the Founding Fathers did in Philadelphia in 1776. The event, part of the Wawa Welcome America Festival, focused not just on the signing of the Declaration of Independence but also on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1954 that desegregated schools and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
July 5, 2014 |
The two documents are rarely exhibited - and not easily accessed behind the many layers of security. To see them, Lee Arnold, library director at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, uses an entry card to pass into an elevator, then into a large locked room, No. 210. Inside, he twirls the tumbler of a combination lock on thick vault doors, then swings them open to reveal still another set of metal doors with a coded digital lock. Beyond is the climate-controlled chamber filled with historical treasures - and a heavy safe, accessed by keys held only by Arnold and the institution's director of research.
June 12, 2014 |
FOR A LONG TIME, Karen Warrington knew him only as "Flagman. " He would show up at demonstrations, rallies or other gatherings seeking justice for African-Americans, carrying a huge red, black and green flag. It might have been at City Hall, school district headquarters, Independence Hall or wherever activists gathered to air grievances and press for action. Warrington, communications director for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, eventually learned that Flagman was David Devlin, or, as he liked to call himself, the Rev. David Devlin.
May 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Going with the theme that the best place to celebrate America's birthday is the place where the country was born, city officials announced Monday the planned festivities for the nation's 238th anniversary. "This is Philadelphia. We own this," Mayor Nutter said. "There is no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here, Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States. " City officials and festival organizers are encouraging people to use #PhillyOwnsthe4th when discussing the event on social media.
April 19, 2014 |
A 26-year-old Camden man was sentenced Thursday to 57 months in prison for beating a man unconscious near Independence Hall in 2012, federal prosecutors said. Baldwin Centeno and his uncle Santos Centeno, 47, were convicted in federal court in Philadelphia last year of the attack on a 35-year-old man who approached them for help because he could not find his car. A park ranger found the victim lying near a curb on Fourth Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets. The victim suffered traumatic brain injuries and facial fractures during the June 16, 2012, assault.
March 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Restaurateur Michael Schulson's vision for the city's most historic spot calls for Independence Hall, Independence Day, and lots of local beer. "Where does it become more American than that?" he asks. It doesn't, he answers. With that in mind, he's trying to make a beer garden out of a patio and part of the ground floor of the Rohm & Haas building at 100 S. Independence Mall West by the Fourth of July. "Philadelphians love their beer. I thought I would do a beer garden in Philly if I got the right space," Schulson said in an interview.
March 12, 2014 |
The developer of Center City's luxury 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street condominiums said Monday that he plans to build a 26-story, 40-unit condo tower at Fifth and Walnut Streets at a cost of $150 million. The tower will overlook Independence Hall, developer Tom Scannapieco said, and will be built on an 18,155-square-foot site vacant for more than a decade. A number of proposals for the land have been made, most recently in 2004. Scannapieco said construction should begin in spring 2015, with units ready for occupancy in March 2017.
March 7, 2014 |
Imagine people eating and drinking, just steps from Independence Hall. It happened in the 18th century, and it will happen again this summer. Restaurateur Michael Schulson has secured a deal with the owners of One South Independence Mall West - the landmark Rohm & Haas building and now the home of Dow Chemical at Sixth and Market Streets - to create an outdoor beer garden across from the Liberty Bell. Schulson, who owns Sampan, the Saint James, and Atlantic City's Izakaya, will control 30,000 square feet around the building as Independence Beer Garden , which he hopes to open July Fourth.
February 22, 2014 |
It's hard not to wince when you first look at the renderings of the Mormon Church's expanding kingdom at 16th and Vine Streets, unveiled last week by Mayor Nutter. The architectural chameleons at Robert Stern's office have paired a 1920s-style apartment tower with a teensy redbrick meetinghouse that looks as if it was dragged across town from colonial-era Society Hill. As if that wasn't enough, those retro buildings will join a snow-white, double-spired, French classical Mormon temple by Perkins+Will that is already rising along the cliff edge of the Vine Street Expressway.