November 1, 2013
GHOULS and goblins aren't our only primal fears. There's also the fear of trying certain foods. Don't get spooked, now, but I'm talking about vegan foods. It's odd. Take eating insects: Everybody's hipster-brave about that now, testing their mettle at tastings premised on a global shift to bug-based cuisine. And macho meat-eaters long ago conquered all the more "unsavory" body parts of animals, even if only by way of hot dogs. But vegan cream cheese? Drinkable kale? Weird-looking plants?
October 18, 2013 |
WHEN THE Bulletin closed in 1982, it was a considerable blow to the McBride family. In fact, the family tried to keep it open as best they could. They demonstrated at the building at 30th and Market streets, even holding a candlelight vigil. Nothing worked, of course. The 135-year-old newspaper was doomed. The emotional attachment was a family affair. The late Bill McBride, who died in 1978, was a longtime Bulletin sportswriter, specializing in horse racing, and other family members worked there over the years.
October 15, 2013 |
A recently launched crowdfunding campaign will give Pennsylvania residents the chance to invest in real estate while challenging the traditional financing model. "It is a whole new generation of development," said Daniel Miller, cofounder of Washington-based Fundrise L.L.C., an online platform that allows individuals to invest as little as $100 in real estate development. With the assistance of Fundrise, developer Shift Capital is hoping to raise $500,000 of the $3 million it needs to rehab the 7,500-square-foot future Manayunk home of the Transfer Station, which will offer retail, office, and event space for paying members to share.
July 30, 2013 |
NBC10's Daralene Jones said "I do" this weekend to love Antoine Jamaal Bell . They wed at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Fla. Jones started working at NBC10 in January. She originally hails from Chicago, but came to Philly from Orlando, where she met Bell, who still resides there, working as a mechanical engineer for Lockheed Martin. The couple were engaged in December, on Jones' final night in Orlando before making the move to Philadelphia to work at NBC. Bell, under the guise of a dinner invitation, took Jones to the park where he first told her he loved her. Major aw!
July 11, 2013 |
Police were investigating the death of a man riding a bicycle Tuesday afternoon. The body of the black man, described as in his 40s, was found by a passerby about 3:17 p.m. on a bike path near the 4700 block of Umbria Street, police said. The man had suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not say that foul play was suspected.
June 27, 2013 |
Hello there Ryan, who grew up in North Wales, became friends with Dana's cousin, Chris, in their North Penn High School days. Chris sometimes mentioned his cousin to his buddy, and his buddy to his cousin. "We knew of each other, but we never really met," said Dana, who lived in Abington. After high school, Chris started hosting a Christmas Eve get-together. In fall 2003, when he was 25, Chris and three friends died in a car accident. His mother - Dana's Aunt Mary Ellen - continued the Christmas Eve party.
June 24, 2013 |
Manayunk's Main Street hummed with the buzz of countless conversations Saturday afternoon, but without the amplified booms of vendors hawking wares or shouting revelers. The place was overrun by invaders - chatty, friendly invaders. Thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists laid siege to Main Street for the first day of the 24th annual Manayunk Arts Festival this weekend. Throw in the sun beating down overhead, and there was an almost peaceful air Saturday afternoon as the crowds flowed past vendors who waited to show off their work: paintings, sculptures, jewelry.
June 4, 2013 |
It was a study in contrasting race-day styles. Cyclists beat back fatigue and burning muscles pedaling up the steep hill called the Manayunk Wall during the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic on Sunday. At the same time, Bob Brogno felt no pain at all as he hopped on his pal's motorized beer cooler and guided it down that very incline. Asked why he was riding the 50-quart ice chest - complete with steering and disc brakes - Brogno, a 24-year-old Roxborough construction worker, sipped his beer with a flourish, then asked philosophically, "Why would I not?"
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 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.