June 23, 2014 |
Judy Rohtbart and Nancy Gordon were on a mission: to find a small, one-of-a-kind table at the Manayunk Arts Festival for Gordon's new apartment in Center City. "It's serendipitous. You never know what you're going to find," said Rohtbart, an interior designer from Wynnewood riding the train from Conshohocken to Manayunk - forget even thinking about finding parking at the jam-packed event - where she was meeting her friend and client. As soon as the two hit Main Street, Gordon spied a piece that fit all of her qualifications: It was unique, handcrafted, and fun. But it wasn't a table.
June 6, 2014 |
Simon Kaschock-Marenda needed a science project for his sixth-grade class at Masterman School and was intrigued by the fact that his parents had just cut back on sugar in their diet. Because his father, Drexel University biologist Daniel Marenda, worked with fruit flies, the boy thought it might be interesting to feed sugar and other sweeteners to some flies. Was it ever. Regular sugar was OK, but the flies that ate the sweetener Truvia were dead within a few days. Daniel Marenda was skeptical, so he helped his son redo the experiment.
June 1, 2014 |
On many days, the Manayunk Wall represents nothing more than the most convenient way home for Robin Carpenter. "It's one of the ways I'll often get back to my house," Carpenter said last week. "It's the shortest way. So if I'm feeling like I just want to get it over with, I'll just head straight up the Wall. " Sunday, it will mean much more as the starting and ending point of the race when the 21-year-old Manayunk native competes in his second Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic as a professional cyclist.
May 19, 2014 |
LOCAL PERFORMERS will have to wait a few more months for the curtain to rise at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center & Recreation Park in Manayunk. The completion of the venue, a project more than 10 years in the making, has been pushed back from June 5 due to a variety of factors, city officials have said. The biggest culprit? Torrential rains late last month that flooded the construction site on Venice Island, sandwiched between the Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill. Tom Dignam, the city Parks and Recreation Department's performing-arts coordinator, said no specific date has been set for the opening, but estimates it'll be sometime in the fall, possibly October.
May 11, 2014 |
The hum of gas-powered generators and the smell of mildew filled the air Friday at the Manayunk Brewing Co. as a crew worked. Cases of the company's canned beer on wooden pallets lined a wall outside the 18,000-square-foot restaurant, brewery, and banquet room on Main Street in the city's Manayunk section. What was missing on this afternoon was the lunchtime crowd - and the lights. More than a week after torrential rain caused massive flooding in the community along the Schuylkill, the 18-year-old craft brewery remained without power after 51/2 feet of river water deluged the former textile mill and ruined its electrical system.
May 5, 2014 |
Peter Korn grew up in Mount Airy and Rydal and was educated at Germantown Friends School and the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in history. His father, a Philadelphia lawyer, was expecting his son to follow a conventional career path by becoming a lawyer, too, or a doctor, professor, or stockbroker. Instead, Korn went to Nantucket and got a job as a carpenter. His father may have been dismayed that his son was working with his hands, but Korn loved it. "From the start, there was a mind/body wholeness to carpentry that put it way ahead of what I imagined office work to be," Korn writes in his new book, Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman.
May 3, 2014 |
Jon Cordo and Glenna Breslin moved to the Venice Lofts for the ambience - a mix of Industrial Age textile mills and modern amenities, nestled between the Schuylkill and the Manayunk Canal. "We wanted water views," Cordo said Thursday as rescue workers were evacuating his neighbors from the flooded island. "We have them now. " The couple had experience with rising waters - they'd weathered Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J. But that October 2012 disaster gave enough advance notice for them to stock up on wine and bottled water.
January 24, 2014
WELL, AREN'T THEY a fine group of ingrates? The millennials, I mean, the "youth" group between 20 and 34. They love Philadelphia, but half don't plan on staying, a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts tells us. It's like Philly's good enough to date, but not to marry. There's a huge difference between someone 20 - barely an adult on life's doorstep - and someone 34, who's already launched a life, career and often a family, but we'll let that slide. The largest demographic in Philadelphia now is people 25 to 29. Maybe they don't trust anyone older than 30. (Yet.)
January 17, 2014 |
To visit the Sweet Note Bagels bakery, a spare, 600-square-foot manufacturing space within the old Le Bus headquarters in Manayunk, you'll have to sign a nondisclosure form, or, at least, pledge not to reveal any trade secrets. After all, a good gluten-free bagel is hard to find, and even harder to make. And Sweet Note founder Michelle MacDonald, 28, has learned from experience that plenty of people would like to get their hands on her patent-pending process. Her company, which is 15 months old and run by three women under 30, is selling 5,000 bagels a week, serving 70 restaurants and shops in five states.