June 2, 2013 |
A few months ago, it looked as if the metal barriers to line Lyceum Avenue in Manayunk weren't going to be ordered and there would be no need for the signs urging spectators to refrain from disorderly conduct. Some parts of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic - a race renamed, redesigned, and reorganized to run Sunday after its predecessor was canceled for a lack of funding - have stayed the same. The course still has the grueling Manayunk Wall, still attracts world-class cyclists, and still has Manayunkers bracing for rowdy crowds.
May 31, 2013 |
It's still cycling, but the name has changed, and so have the course and the scheduling for the inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, which takes place Sunday. What is unlikely to change is the enthusiasm of the Philadelphia cycling community, and organizers said they hope that more than 100,000 spectators will see at least part of the 120-mile men's race and 60-mile women's race. The 12-mile course winds through Roxborough and East Falls, heading down Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill to Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill before returning to Manayunk along Main Street.
May 17, 2013
P AULA HIAN IS a Manayunk-based fashion designer who splits time between Philly and France, where she makes her own line of knitwear for women. The sole owner of Paula Hian Designs rolls out her 2013 holiday collection for buyers next week in New York City. Hian, who grew up in Penn Valley and lives in Wayne, won an international competition in Paris for fashion students, and the winning dress is on permanent display in the Louvre. Q: What inspired you to become a fashion designer?
May 10, 2013 |
SO WHY DID Mikel Martinson play in yesterday's U.S. Open local qualifier at Paoli's Waynesborough Country Club, when there were 110 other sites he could have chosen? Well . . . "My two roommates, they live in Leesburg, Va.," said Martinson, who's from Throckmorton, a small town near Lubbock, Texas, and now lives 8 months a year in Charlotte, N.C., while he plays the eGolf professional mini tour. "They're doing the one in Maryland [Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana], and it's actually full.
May 2, 2013 |
Heidi Tirjan's schedule was packed. There were visits to a new bakery and a soon-to-open bookshop in Bryn Mawr, then off to Philadelphia to drop in on a couple of chic Northern Liberties retailers she thought should launch outlets in Lower Merion. She also found time to revel in a luscious victory: persuading the owners of the highly regarded Philadelphia restaurant Melograno to open another eatery on the Main Line. After years of wooing, Rosemarie Tran and Gianluca Demontis had succumbed to Tirjan's blandishments and their own desire, and are putting the finishing touches on Fraschetta, a restaurant they are opening near the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
April 9, 2013
P AT FEENEY, 60, of Warrington, Bucks County, has owned Main Street Music in Manayunk since 1991. It's one of the few independent record stores still left in the city and the first official sponsor of WXPN's "Album of the Week. " Q: Most people download music from the Internet. How have you managed to stay in business? A: It's been rough, I'm not gonna lie. I think it's the allegiance of our customers. They'll see something online but they'll still wait until they come in and buy it from us. If it wasn't for them we probably would have closed years ago. Q: Who's the typical patron?
March 28, 2013 |
The 2013 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic will start and end at the Manayunk "Wall" but skip the Art Museum and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in favor of a more compact course. But at least the June 2 race will actually happen, surviving a threat to its existence when previous organizers could not find a corporate sponsor. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and other civic leaders organized to save the event, recruiting Parx Casino and New Penn Financial as sponsors. The race, famed for its leg-burning ascents up Manayunk's hills, will end atop Lyceum Avenue, part of the climb known as the Wall, which organizers hope will provide dramatic finishes for the crowd.
March 27, 2013 |
The 2013 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic will start and end at the Manayunk wall but will skip the Art Museum and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in favor of a more compact course. But at least the June 2 race will actually happen, surviving a threat to its existence when previous organizers could not find a corporate sponsor. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and other civic leaders organized to save the iconic event, recruiting Parx Casino and New Penn financial as sponsors. The race, famed for its leg-burning climb up Manayunk's hills, will end atop Levering Street, part of the climb known as the Wall, which organizers hope will provide dramatic finishes for the crowd.
January 31, 2013 |
LIFELONG Manayunk resident John Teague has been fighting a battle for years against the drunks that he and other residents say converge on their tidy riverside community on weekend nights after they pour out of the bars on Main Street. "It's just the sheer number of young people. There's not enough supervision, and that results in our property getting damaged," Teague, 50, said, adding that drunks often vomit or urinate on sidewalks and people's property. Wednesday night, Teague and other neighbors made some headway in their fight at a meeting with bar owners, representatives from the District Attorney's Office and members of the state Liquor Control Enforcement.