November 10, 2006 |
For artist Diane Pieri, it's the most authentic symbol of Manayunk: the stoop. With that in mind, Pieri accepted a commission to create "Manayunk Stoops: Heart and Home," an array of colorful stoops built along the walking path between the Schuylkill and the neighborhood. The public art project, a part of the reconstruction of the Manayunk Canal Towpath, once a neglected eyesore, serves both artistic and practical purposes. The nine mosaic stoops, stretching on the block between Cotton and Lock Streets, also serve as seats for the foot-weary.
November 16, 2005 |
It's a symbol of Manayunk's vibrant past and, it is hoped, a more vibrant future. And it's a miracle the Manayunk Canal is here at all. "Absolutely," said Nicole Galdieri, president of the Friends of the Manayunk Canal, a nine-year-old volunteer group that monitors and lobbies for the canal. "It's one of the last two sections that still exist. " Galdieri, 25, is a transplanted " 'Yunker" and a University of Pennsylvania grad student working on dual degrees in environmental studies and city planning.
June 24, 2005 |
A second residential building boom is developing in Manayunk, the neighborhood of mills from another era that has become a shopping and dining mecca along the Schuylkill. Construction has started on two big condominium projects, and a third is planned. By year's end, 650 residential units will be under construction in these projects in the hillside Philadelphia neighborhood of 5,000 residents. A fourth is being planned across the river in Montgomery County. In collaboration with that project, Lower Merion Township wants to enhance public access to its riverfront and create new pedestrian links to Manayunk.
February 10, 2003 |
The headline on a front-page article on Dec. 22 reads: "New strategy on flooding: Don't rebuild, just get out. " Three days later, an article tucked away in the middle of the paper is headlined, "Ruling clears way for Manayunk units: Luxury apartments on flood-prone Venice Island got the green light from Commonwealth Court. " And then we have this headline on Jan. 12: "Danger an issue, U.S. set to remap flood-prone areas: New maps could save $48 billion in property damage, FEMA estimates.
December 17, 1999 |
Despite protests from Manayunk residents, City Council yesterday took a major step in opening Venice Island to residential development. By a vote of 13-3, Council rezoned from industrial to residential about half the 300-acre island, which sits between the Schuylkill and the Manayunk Canal. Councilman Michael Nutter, who sponsored the measure, called the change a tool to "better control and better manage any potential growth on Venice Island. " But Councilman David Cohen - who asked Nutter to withdraw the rezoning - called the move "hasty" and "foolhardy.
October 1, 1998 |
What's long, narrow, surrounded by water, located in Manayunk, and has only one - count it, o-n-e - restaurant? Venice Island. But maybe not for long. The 300-acre slip of land between the Schuylkill and the Manayunk Canal is turning into the latest battleground between the flatlanders who run Main Street's playground of eateries, clothing stores and art galleries, and the locals living on the hills behind them. Right now, the island is home to a couple of factories, a recreation center, some parking lots and that single restaurant, the Arroyo Grille.
May 27, 1998 |
Right near Locks 69 and 70 of the Manayunk Canal, where the water comes tumbling down in a gush of white, four men are pulling up bass so effortlessly that you would think the fish were holding a convention at their feet. Gracefully, the men cast their lines, watch as the lines become taut, and bring in fish in a scene nearly as timeless as the river. "I was born right across the street," Mike Kuneck, 67, confides quietly as he takes a break from fishing. "I was here when they built the town up. " The town he is referring to, the Manayunk of arty boutiques and intriguing restaurants, is nearby, but you would hardly know it. That Manayunk still turns its back on the river.
June 11, 1997 |
It's a problem hidden from view, except the one the canoe club members have when they're paddling on the Schuylkill. The trash lurking along the riverbank in Manayunk is camouflaged by foliage this time of year, and it can't be seen any time of year from Main Street. What's out of sight is out of mind for the businesses along Main Street, say members of the Philadelphia Canoe Club. But take a little canoe or kayak ride on the river when the trees on the bank aren't providing cover, and the mess is in plain view: derelict cars, couches, window frames, roofing material, tires and other disgusting stuff.
February 28, 1997 |
Still smarting from a three-year, traffic-snarling restaurant invasion, Manayunk residents are seeking to expand a proposed moratorium on new eateries. The once-quiet neighborhood that became too trendy for its own good had sought help from its City Council representative, Michael A. Nutter. "Enough already!" Nutter said he heard from residents wincing from the sting of success. Nutter responded by proposing a five-year moratorium on new restaurants along the most densely developed stretch of Main Street, from Shurs Lane north to Leverington Avenue.
February 24, 1997 |
Your editorials Dec. 9 and Feb. 14 addressed my proposed zoning legislation for Manayunk. In December, you viewed this measure as an important tool to "control commercial and residential density and foster economic growth. " Two months later, you suggest I "take a more sober look at how to balance competing needs in the areas. " The change of heart sends a confusing message. The bill, as written, prohibits new restaurants between Shurs Lane and Leverington Avenue. This approximate eight-block stretch already has 32 restaurants.