December 25, 2014 |
Over the years, Manayunk designer Paula Hian has had her fair share of fits, starts, and fashion drama. For example, Hian swears the belted plastic raincoat she developed in a Paris factory in 2005 was copied by at least two well-known designers who shared a manufacturing facility with her. Although the Paula Hian label received a bit of Hollywood buzz back in 2007 when Gossip Girl' s Taylor Momsen wore the designer's bubble-hemmed frock...
December 23, 2014 |
Divers searching the Schuylkill for any trace of a missing West Chester University student found the 21-year-old's keys in the water near the riverbank Sunday, the student's uncle said. Shane Montgomery of Roxborough has been missing since early Thanksgiving Day. He was out with friends at Kildare's Irish Pub on Main Street in Manayunk and disappeared after leaving the bar. Two weeks ago, police recovered video of Montgomery on a bridge crossing the Manayunk canal that leads to a parking lot. On Sunday, his keys were found in the river just south of that lot, said Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery's uncle.
December 19, 2014 |
Broad Street's sequined strutters will be flapping their feathers toward Main Street come February. Just days before their annual New Year's Day parade along a shortened route in central Philadelphia, the Mummers announced Wednesday that they would hold yet another parade a few weeks later - through Manayunk, in a Mardi Gras celebration they hope to turn into an annual affair that can double as a fund-raiser. It will be the first time the Mummers will mount a parade beyond the New Year's spectacle that is to many Philadelphians what the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is to New Yorkers.
December 8, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. "You know. Something like Manayunk. " In the last two years, there hasn't been a conversation reported in this space about a reemerging suburban borough or a hopeful city neighborhood that did not include at least one reference to the "Manayunk experience. " That's Manayunk, translated from present-day Philadelphian as trendy and hip , as opposed to Manayunk, from a Lenni Lenape word meaning river (in this case, the Schuylkill)
December 1, 2014 |
PETE GILL spent his Thanksgiving trying to make sense of an ordeal he never expected. Maybe his childhood friend Shane Montgomery got too drunk and passed out somewhere, Gill told himself. Maybe he hadn't been heard from in hours because he went home with a girl. But as dinnertime neared, dread started to seep in. "This is something you see on the 6 o'clock news," Gill said last night. "It's not something you do. It's not ever a person you know. " Gill is one of many Northwest Philly residents scouring Manayunk for Montgomery, who seemingly vanished into thin air early Thursday morning after a night of drinking.
December 1, 2014 |
Bound by faith and an increasing sense of urgency, hundreds of volunteers concerned about the fate of West Chester University student Shane Montgomery gathered Saturday evening in Manayunk for an emotional prayer vigil near the bar where he was last seen partying with friends on Thanksgiving Eve. A special Mass followed at St. John the Baptist Church on Rector Street. Nearly 500 people - friends, family, fellow students, and neighborhood residents - had scoured the streets and the Schuylkill riverbank in near-freezing conditions over two days, with the search scheduled to continue Sunday.
November 22, 2014 |
Stephen Lorek, lead singer of Philadelphia rock trio Shark Tape, is holding the band's debut album, Marathon , in his hands. Finally. "From this point on, I'm making a record every year," says the songwriter, bassist, and Fishtown resident. "No more lulls. " As Lorek sings on the fourth song of the propulsive, eminently catchy Marathon , it's been a "Long Time Coming. " The band, which also includes guitarist Niles Weiss and drummer Dylan Mulcahy, celebrates the release of Marathon at MilkBoy Philly on Saturday.
November 17, 2014
ZEN LEN likes feng shui, but doesn't like to be categorized. As an artist, Leonard Bazemore works in wood and clay - and watercolor, oil and acrylic, too. Before his ascent into art, he built his bankroll as a real estate agent - and real estate remains a key in his strategy for success in the art world. It seems contradictory. Commerce and art are usually mutually exclusive, but not for Zen Len. When he was about 10, he delivered newspapers and bought himself sneakers.
November 16, 2014 |
Philadelphia police are searching for two teenagers in connection with vandalism at the Venice Island Park in Manayunk - with damages to the brand-new facility on the Schuylkill totaling $20,000 to $30,000. Police say that around 1:55 a.m. Nov. 8, Fifth District officers responded to the park - where a new recreation and performing arts center opened last month after years of work - and found "extensive damage. " Surveillance footage showed two teenage boys inside the park, with one breaking LED accent lights and pulling out rope lighting from a staircase railing.
October 9, 2014 |
Philadelphia's ambitious $2.4 billion, 25-year storm-water management program hinges on innovative practices such as porous pavement, green roofs, and rain gardens to soak up the first flows of rainfall. Anything to keep storm water from overwhelming the sewer system and overflowing into area rivers and streams, carrying road oil and litter and raw sewage with it. But, in the final analysis, sometimes you have to bring on the tank. On Tuesday, the city formally cut the ribbon on a $46 million project on Venice Island in Manayunk that includes a massive tank to hold the storm water and raw sewage that in an earlier time would have gushed into the Schuylkill during big storms.