June 29, 2015 |
The Liberty Bell sat across the street, the symbolic copper-and-tin companion to the stately red brick of Independence Hall. But celebrity chef Michael Schulson wasn't wowed by the historic backdrop. In fact, as he listened to a business pitch imploring him to open a restaurant inside the forbidding concrete walls of the nearby Dow building, he was stunned by something more pedestrian: the lack of pedestrians. "It was dead," said the Sampan and Buddakan New York maestro, recalling that September 2013 evening in the heart of colonial Philadelphia.
February 21, 2014 |
THE RAIN, ice and lingering snow yesterday did not stop Ulana Mazurkevich. "We are here to show solidarity," Mazurkevich said. With about 20 cohorts, Mazurkevich - president of the Ukrainian Human Rights Committee, a Philly-area group - held a candlelight vigil on Independence Mall in support of rebels in Kiev who have been defying the Ukrainian government. They held signs: "Sanctions; No Going Back to the Gulag!" and "President Obama - Do Not Let Putin Dictate U.S. Foreign Policy.
July 15, 2000 |
The nation's second-largest medical association broke ground yesterday for a building that will greatly expand its Philadelphia headquarters and brighten an important gateway to Center City. The American College of Physicians needed to expand its headquarters on Independence Mall because of its 1998 merger with a longtime rival, the American Society of Internal Medicine, which was based in Washington. The new building, at Seventh and Race, will add 204,000 square feet to the organization's 117,500-square-foot headquarters.
June 4, 2013
The United States Golf Association on Monday announced an event called "The U.S. Open Experience at Independence Mall. " Scheduled to open next Monday at the Independence Visitor Center, the exhibit will feature interactive educational golf exhibits and an official U.S. Open merchandise store. On June 15 and 16, the final two days of the Open at Merion Golf Club, additional exhibits will include live outdoor big-screen coverage of the Open, authentic USGA bleacher seating and simulated playing opportunities.
June 21, 2015 |
Standing on Independence Mall on Friday afternoon, Mannwell Glenn doused two Confederate flags with lighter fluid and stood back to watch as the flames licked at the fabric. "If you burn a Confederate flag, to some people, that's painful," he had said earlier to a small cluster of TV news cameras. "But whatever you're feeling about us burning your sacred flag, we feel that about 100 times more when nine people are killed. " The deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. - killed by a white gunman who reportedly told police he wanted to start a race war - had been weighing on him, he said.
June 28, 2015 |
John Speer rested a rainbow flag - the same one Mayor Nutter ordered Friday to fly at City Hall - on one shoulder. Speer, 72, came out in 1976. Before that, he sneaked into gay bars. "I really didn't think I'd live to see this day," said Speer, one of hundreds who convened on Independence Mall to celebrate a Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. Nutter, less than an hour after his flight from Italy landed in Philadelphia, read from the Declaration of Independence.
September 20, 2013 |
THERE'S LIKELY TO be more handcuffs amid the haze of marijuana smoke this weekend, when legalization proponents plan to blaze by the Liberty Bell again. The ninth "Smoke Down Prohibition" is scheduled for Saturday at The People's Plaza at Independence Mall National Historic Park, and recent rallies held there have resulted in several arrests, including one in May when activist Richard Tamaccio, a comedian who uses the stage name NA Poe, was arrested. A recent sentencing memorandum filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office is asking that Tamaccio be forbidden to enter Independence Mall without permission from a probation officer.
October 15, 2014 |
The video opens with the black-and-white footage of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s stirring clarion call for equal rights at the 1963 March on Washington. It quickly goes full color, and cuts to gruesome close-ups of the bloody remnants of abortions. It is fair to say that what is shown is disturbing. On Friday, the images will be displayed on a 10- by 12-foot screen set high on Independence Mall, the heart of Philadelphia's tourism zone, as the antiabortion group Created Equal brings its high-tech assault on the practice to Philadelphia.
August 11, 1996 |
They're at it again. They have to find new ways to spend taxpayers' money, and make themselves look good. Who are they? The dreamers and planners and designers who want to make-over Independence Mall once again. To borrow from Robert F. Kennedy, they dream of things that never were and ask, "Why not?" The Independence Mall neighborhood never looked as it does now or in any of the proposed plans. We have created a Northern version of Colonial Williamsburg - an amalgamation of ersatz history.
September 5, 2013 |
A PEACEFUL protest of the United States' involvement in the Syria conflict ended up being anything but Friday for an Iraq War veteran and musician who was hauled off Independence Mall by a group of U.S. park rangers. Emily Yates, 30, a banjo-playing California woman, was charged with assaulting a federal officer, disorderly conduct and interfering with agency operations in federal court yesterday and released on $25,000 bond. The touring musician will be allowed to continue on her stops until her court date, which has not yet been set. Court papers allege that Yates ignored police orders to leave an area fenced off by authorities for evidence processing ahead of a pro-marijuana rally.