August 8, 2016 |
Little Roxborough - 40,000 in population and 5.5 square miles in size - took a victory lap last month. The announcement July 7 that it was selected for one of four "flexible format" Target stores within the city limits blew up social media - 300 shares on Facebook and about 50,000 views of the online post, said James Calamia, executive director of the Roxborough Development Corp. (RDC). "It's incredible so many folks have moved into this area," he said. "They have their own set of needs and wants, and it's not exactly the right products and services to match those needs.
July 18, 2016 |
Manayunk seems to grow and grow, and more and more the engines of that growth are homegrown. In the case of Green Lane Realty Associates, four of the six partners involved in the four-phase conversion of the former St. Lucy's Church and School are Manayunkers. The two not from Manayunk -- Bob Elfant and Jared Pontz -- are partners in Martin Elfant Inc. and Direct Mortgage Loan Co. in Mount Airy, up the hill and on the other side of the park. "I think being from Manayunk makes it easier to build here," said C.J. Koch, who grew up at Green Lane and Ritchie Street, a two-minute walk to St. Lucy's, which he attended.
July 17, 2016
Repairs were still underway late Friday afternoon on an 8-inch water main that ruptured more than 12 hours earlier in Manayunk. The break occurred just before 4:30 a.m. on Main Street between Grape and Levering Streets, said John DiGiulio, spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department. The basements of two restaurants experience significant basement flooding, DiGiulio said. Repair work was not expected to be completed until 9 or 10 p.m. - Robert Moran
June 28, 2016 |
Thousands of arts and crafts lovers strolled along Manayunk's Main Street on Sunday afternoon from Shurs Lane to Green Street, ogling the creations of 300 painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry and clothing designers, and mixed-media makers. The final day of the weekend's Manayunk Arts Festival also featured dozens of newer artists in the Emerging Artists Tent. The most unusual of these was W.P. Galiczynski, a concrete contractor from Fourth Street and Girard Avenue who paints street scenes of his beloved native Kensington, with a twist.
June 26, 2016 |
DEAR BEN, I am writing you this letter to give you tips on how to become a beloved athlete here in Philadelphia. But before I get into that, a few general tips you might find handy as you get acquainted with our great city: The easiest way to ingratiate yourself to Philadelphia is by telling anyone that asks you about American football, "I don't know much being an Australian, but I do know that I hate the Cowboys. " I saw you on TV eating a cheesesteak from Dalessandro's in Roxborough (my favorite)
June 5, 2016 |
Robin Carpenter's parents joke that even if they didn't have invitations, people would show up anyway. All of their family friends know what happens on the first Sunday of June. Carpenter will compete in his fourth Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on Sunday, and some of his favorite memories of the event are from his parents' annual barbecue at their Manayunk home. While the race, which began in 1985, doesn't have the same international attention and prestige as it once did, it's experiencing what Carpenter called "a second life.
May 22, 2016 |
410 Shurs Lane was supposed to have been condos, and before the housing bubble burst, 23 units were completed and sold in one of the two buildings of the T. Kenworthy and Brother mill at Shurs Lane and Pechin Street in Manayunk. Mired in legal and financial issues related to the housing bust, the second building fell deeper into "eyesore status" as Jason Dempsey and Marc Pellicciota - DP Partners - sought to acquire it. When, in July 2015, "we were able to unwind the issues," as Dempsey put it, after a two-year effort, the building was in "horrific" shape, with boarded-up and broken windows and trash everywhere.
May 9, 2016 |
Maker Tina Dixon Spence, the mompreneur behind Buddha Babe, a line of bibs, blankets, clothing, and other accessories in stylish patterns and colors befitting tiny future hipsters. Online at mybuddhababe.com or at retailers like Momo's Tree House (205 Arch St., Philadelphia). Her start When Dixon Spence had her second son 2 1/2 years ago, she noticed something about all the baby clothes and bibs on the market. "They were so babyish. I was like, enough with the ducks!"
April 25, 2016 |
This particular Thursday night in April, cold beer and thin-crust pizza were plentiful. Desks had been rolled out of the way, replaced by rows of chairs filled with mostly twenty- and thirtysomethings drinking, eating, and generally having a good time. By coworking-space standards, it seemed like a run-of-the-mill happy hour at Benjamin's Desk on 17th Street in Center City. Routine, that is, until the first name was called, a woman rose from her chair and stepped to the microphone, and the storytelling began.
March 25, 2016 |
Lights are coming to the Manayunk Bridge, but it might be a while before they get there. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission approved a $600,000 federal grant for lighting on the iconic span Thursday. The plan is to install 20 lights on the 3,168-foot former rail bridge, which links trail systems in Lower Merion to popular recreational paths along the Schuylkill. With the funds available, a contract should be completed by the end of the year. Installation may take until 2018, though, said Clarena Tolson, the city's deputy managing director of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems.