September 4, 1988 |
When you've been to as many Manayunk restaurants as I have and each seems to be better than the one before it, you look forward with great excitement to visiting new arrivals. The competition is super keen in this neighborhood of diverse dining pleasures. Surely anyone anticipating opening a new restaurant here would know that and be ready with a knockout package of food, service and decor. Then how do you account for Melvo's, downtown Manayunk's first full-fledged seafood house?
January 6, 1989 |
In June, the Joshua Slocum company of Manayunk trumpeted a successful turnaround, calling it the "Miracle of Manayunk. " But seven months later Slocum is calling it quits, saying sales at its Sparrs and Post Horn women's specialty stores have been so slow it is unable to cover operating costs. Today, the remaining 18 Sparrs and Post Horn stores are reopening under the management of a company that at a bankruptcy auction on Wednesday bought the rights to liquidate the inventory.
November 3, 1996 |
Perched high on the hill that bicyclists love to hate, BLT's Cobblefish is what guidebooks call a destination restaurant. What that means is that, unless you're shopping for a case of Bud Light (the restaurant's nearest neighbor is a beer distributor), you don't stumble on the place accidentally. You deliberately drive up and away from Manayunk's trendy-to-the-max Main Street. You look for the BLT's Cobblefish sign. You park at a cost of $2 in the restaurant's cobble-bumpy courtyard.
May 17, 2012 |
Water-main break snarls traffic in Manayunk A water-main break Wednesday afternoon caused basement flooding in nine businesses and snarled traffic in Manayunk. An eight-inch water main ruptured about 3:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of Main Street, said Philadelphia Water Department spokeswoman Laura Copeland. Crews eventually shut off the water, leading to a halt of water service for more than 20 businesses. The 4400 block of Main also was closed to traffic. The department expected to restore service Wednesday night, Copeland said.
January 27, 2000 |
It seemed too risky to let GOP convention business go to chance. "We've attended several meetings, breakfasts, dinners, etc.,. . .and we were never given any specifics on how do you go about getting the business," said Eldred Hall, director of operations for Main Street Restaurants, in Manayunk. So, they decided to go about getting the business for themselves. The restaurant group - a dining dynasty and one of the most formidable businesses in the city - decided to hire a full-time marketing specialist dedicated to luring Republicans up into the hills of Manayunk.
February 11, 2012
Blocks of ice were transformed into images of love along Main Street in Manayunk Saturday. Thousands strolled along the street to watch as master ice sculptors created frozen symbols of "Passion" in honor of Valentine's Day like giraffes, their necks wrapped around each other; cupid sitting on the moon and hands with one placing a ring on the other. The event, the second annual "Manayunk On Ice" Pro Ice Carving Competition and Winter Family Festival, opened with an ice bonfire on Friday and will continue on Sunday with a Master Ice Sculptor Invitational from noon to 3 p.m. Ice-carvers will create original works around the theme of "Obsession.
November 29, 1995 |
The city is taking several steps toward easing traffic and parking congestion in Manayunk. "Parking has always been the battle cry for Manayunk," said Kay Smith, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp. A vacant lot on Main Street near Shurs Lane will be turned over to Smith's group for parking under a leasing arrangement, said City Councilman Michael Nutter. If approved, it will become the fifth parking lot in Manayunk, all leased by Smith's group. A public hearing on the plan, which requires City Council approval, was scheduled for 1 p.m. today in City Hall room 400, before the public property and public works committee.
November 11, 1988 |
Barney Greenberg used to say, "The sun always shines in Manayunk. " In his heart it did. Manayunk was Mr. Greenberg's niche in the world - where he opened a shoe store in the 1930s, where he raised his family, where he stayed through good times and decline, where he passed the hours of retirement sitting in a steel lawn chair on the Main Street sidewalk. Over the years, a few even got to calling Mr. Greenberg "the Mayor of Manayunk. " The place meant a lot to him. And after Bernard "Barney" Greenberg, 81, died Monday at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, friends and relatives remembered that Manayunk was where he made his mark.
November 15, 1989 |
Francis W. Speight, 93, an artist who devoted much of his career to painting the landscapes of Manayunk, which fascinated him with its hills, changing light and "rich mosaic of houses," died yesterday at his home in Greenville, N.C. Mr. Speight received numerous honors during his career, and his paintings hang in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was born in 1896 in Windsor, N.C. In 1920, he enrolled at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington but left after a term to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Daniel Garber.