June 3, 1988 |
About once a week, Rollin Wilber and Sally Lou Nation walk halfway down the steep slope in front of their house in Manayunk to look at the Wall. Sometimes they stand in silence, following with their eyes the trail of curling honeysuckle and Virginia creeper and drinking in the thick fragrance of the place. Most of the time, they talk excitedly about their hopes for what is known as the Manayunk Wall - a natural stone formation buttressed by man-made retaining walls in the 200 block of Lyceum Avenue, one of Manayunk's steepest hills.
June 8, 1990 |
On June 17, the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championship, the event that put Manayunk on the international bike-race map, returns for the sixth year. More than 100 top professional cyclists will vie for $110,000 in prizes in the 156-mile race. Competitors will pedal off at 9 a.m. in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and proceed to the "Manayunk Wall" on Levering Street before heading down Manayunk Avenue to the museum at speeds reaching 50 miles an hour. While waiting for the cyclists' return, spectators along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can browse through Cycling Expo '90, 60 booths of bicycle equipment, clothing and other products.
June 5, 2012 |
AS NEARLY 200 cyclists fought their way up the infamous Manayunk Wall at Sunday's 2012 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, their moxie was mirrored by Jon Martin of Bluebell, who pushed a double stroller containing his sleeping Marianna, 2, and Anthony, 4, up the adjoining Lyceum Avenue sidewalk. No clanging cowbells for Martin as he doggedly made his way up the 17-degree incline over broken pavement and the protruding steel legs of race-route barricades, around weaving partygoers and oncoming strollers.
September 3, 2010 |
A 19-year-old woman was charged with DUI and aggravated assault after her 20-year-old boyfriend was run over by a car early yesterday while he was trying to push it up the Manayunk Wall, police said. Mary Opel, of Ridge Avenue near Heritage Drive, in East Falls, was steering the disabled 1996 Volvo sedan east on Levering Street about 4:15 a.m. while her boyfriend tried to push it up the steep hill, police said. The car rolled back over him and dragged him 25 to 35 feet, police said.
June 4, 2013 |
ANDREW NEUBAUER spent much of yesterday's Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic lurking behind bushes near the top of the Manayunk Wall, suddenly thrusting his life-size, stuffed-toy rottweiler, Rowdy, at unsuspecting passers-by and growling. "Rowdy went to York College with me," he said. "Found him at a yard sale freshman year. We've been together ever since. My friends and I tailgate with him at Phillies games. He stands on the roof of the car and parties. You know PETA would get after me if I left him in the car. " Neubauer interrupted the interview to growl while thrusting Rowdy at Adriana Bellode, who jumped and grabbed the arm of her friend Lilliam Ribeiro.
June 20, 1988 |
The hill - rising about 250 feet in less than a half-mile - is a killer when you walk down it. It's beyond description when you ride a bicycle up it 10 times. Yesterday, a crowd of thousands lined the narrow streets - Levering Street and Lyceum Avenue in Manayunk - to watch the pain as cyclists in the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championship challenged the Manayunk Wall. From yesterday morning until mid-afternoon, the hill alternated between race course and block party, and Philadelphians just loved it all. Tim Cosenza of Kensington was sipping beer, leaning against a guardrail at a rowhouse in the 100 block of Levering.
September 2, 2010 |
A 20-year-old man is in extremely critical condition after he was run over by a car he was trying to push up the hilly street known as the Manayunk Wall early today in Northwest Philadelphia, police said. Police said the man's girlfriend was behind the wheel of a disabled 1996 Volvo sedan on the 200 block of Levering Street about 4:15 man when he attempted to push it uphill. The street has a steep 10-percent grade at that spot, police said. That means the elevation increases 10 feet for every 100 feet traveled.
June 2, 2012 |
Chong Park runs the new Palm Tree Market, located in an old furniture building at the bottom of the Manayunk Wall, which on Sunday will be the center of Philadelphia and the cycling universe. The owner of the building, Sam Kroungold, in Manayunk for 40 years, urged Park, his tenant, to keep the store open on Sunday. "You'll make more money in one day than you will in a month," the building owner said. The grocer refused. Since opening six months ago, he has always obeyed the Sabbath.
June 6, 2012 |
LEMON HILL was easy. So was the other steep hill on the TD Bank International Cycling Championship Course. But then I got to the Manayunk Wall. Let me back up a bit. I'm no jock, but I usually hold my own. Not long after completing my first marathon last November, I signed up to do it again. I've even been toying with the idea of doing a triathlon. And so I figured I was ready when signed up to do the amateur portion of the TD Bank International Cycling Championship last Sunday.
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.