August 20, 2016 |
Good bye, Plaza. So long, Court. At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, King of Prussia Mall was officially declared "one mall" by owner Simon Property Group. Hello Bonobos and Calligaris. Bring it on, Jimmy Choo, Vince, and CH Carolina Herrera. The East Coast's premiere shopping mall just grew by about 500,000 square feet. It now includes a 155,000-square-foot connector that ties together the two former sections for the first time, and an added 250,000-square-foot wing, home to 50 new retailers and restaurants.
August 20, 2016
When it comes to attracting upscale retail in the region, it was clear King of Prussia had an advantage over Center City. But as of Thursday, we can say - in the fight for luring top fashion brands here - the mall has been victorious. King of Prussia unveiled its gleaming, 155,000-square-foot expansion Thursday morning that looked more like New York's Fifth Avenue than the wing of an indoor suburban mall. With brands like Carolina Herrera, MCM, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, and Diane von Furstenberg - my New York Fashion Week designer favorite opening its first location in Pennsylvania here - it's a high-end shopper's dream.
August 15, 2016 |
It took more than half a century, but who's counting? King of Prussia becomes one humongous mall on Thursday. Normally, there's a ribbon cutting at these things. Not this time. Execs at powerhouse mall owner Simon Property Group plan to connect two ribbons. They'll take one ribbon from the Plaza, one from the Court, and connect them at Savor, the new food pavilion, and announce the Plaza and Court as "no more," only King of Prussia. "We're giving that to you early," David Contis, president of Simon Malls, said in a giddy manner over the phone on Aug. 5. "It's going to be pretty neat.
August 12, 2016 |
BORN AT THE START of the Great Depression in 1929, Pauline King Blakney grew up in a family of strivers, business owners and civic-minded people who made sure their children were exposed to music, art, and cultural opportunities. Ms. Blakney, 87, who sang opera as a teenager and won an award for her painting as a young woman, died Saturday, July 30, at her home in Northeast Philadelphia. She was among the first African Americans to be hired by John Wanamaker and the very first to be hired locally at an F.W. Woolworth Co. store, family members said.
August 11, 2016 |
John Dougherty did exactly what you'd expect John Dougherty to do Friday as federal investigators hauled box after box of evidence from his Moyamensing Avenue home: The powerful union leader and political kingmaker played it cool. Sure, he paced. But he also offered swarms of reporters wilting in the summer sun iced tea and doughnuts, and cocksure confidence. "I've had many, many subpoenas and many, many visits. I'm not making rookie mistakes. I've been doing this for 25 years," he said in his Cagneyesque rat-a-tat, while G-men carted away their boxes and a computer.
August 2, 2016 |
In the back of the house at 753 Walnut St. in Camden, back through a small gravel alley that glitters with broken glass, over piles of debris and under a crumbling roof, you can just make out the boarded-up window of a bedroom that may have been where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed in 1950, when he was a student at the now-closed Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland. King was living at the house when he was refused service at a bar in nearby Maple Shade, an incident that sparked his lifelong crusade for civil rights, according to activist Patrick Duff, who has compiled dozens of documents on the time period.
July 29, 2016 |
The scene downstairs at Del Frisco's steak house was the kind of party that was busting out all across Center City this week. If you know the right people. And where to look. On this Tuesday afternoon, it was the Congressional Black Caucus being feted, with an assist from Philadelphia City Council members. Wine glasses clinked. Smooth jazz flowed from a band playing before a glittery curtain, illuminated in shades of red, white and blue. Servers with trays of hors d'oeuvres struggled to push through.
July 29, 2016 |
THE SUMMER of 1990 was a turbulent one in sports. George Steinbrenner was suspended by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent for his involvement with a small-time gambler named Howie Spira. Pete Rose was headed to prison. Bob Clarke had just been fired as the Flyers' general manager. Ron Hextall was holding out for $1 million. (One million! For a goalie!! The nerve!!) And . . . Don King was battling it out with Buster Douglas and his manager in a New York courtroom over the boxer's future, with casino owners Steve Wynn and Donald Trump either directly or indirectly involved and millions of dollars at stake.
July 27, 2016 |
With more than $3 billion worth of commercial property within its borders, including the massive King of Prussia Mall, Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County is one of the region's richest in terms of property wealth. But despite all that prosperity, the township long has had an underlying problem: sinkholes. The story of how they came to be is about 500 million years old, but the problems they cause are here and now. During the King of Prussia Mall expansion that begin in 2014, the ground continually caved in. To date, it has happened 35 times.
July 6, 2016 |
THE WIENER and still champion . . . Former three-time Wing Bowl champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own record in regaining Nathan's Mustard Yellow International Belt Monday, downing 70 hot dogs and buns - and more amazingly, keeping them down - to top defending champ Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie at the annual July Fourth eating contest. Chestnut, 32, was on a roll as he easily secured victory by swallowing 17 more hot dogs than Stonie, who last year ended Chestnut's streak of eight straight wins to take the championship title at Nathan's Famous on Coney Island.