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.
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.
October 7, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Water Department needed to build a 4 million-gallon underground basin in Manayunk to capture stormwater and prevent sewers from overflowing into the Schuylkill. The city's Parks & Recreation Department and the Manayunk Development Corporation needed to replace the crumbling Venice Island playground with a performing-arts center to serve as a neighborhood cultural magnet. In the course of a few jaw-dropping minutes at a community meeting, a marriage was made between strange bedfellows.
September 28, 2014 |
Over his long career as a community activist and political maverick, T. Milton Street Sr. has faced his share of uphill battles, though surely none as stiff as Umbria Street. He had been rolling along just fine Sunday after leaving the Philadelphia Museum of Art on his custom-built titanium bike, on a ride to Valley Forge. But, coming out of Manayunk, the route turned a bit more vertical, and he struggled mightily as the grade stiffened. His breathing became labored and his bike weaved slightly as he slowed.
August 29, 2014 |
Chef Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal of the Feliz restaurants have veered away from Mexican for their fourth bar/restaurant, Beast & Ale (4161 Main St. in Manayunk; 267-437-3936), down the street from Taqueria Feliz. The name is a play on "Beef & Ale," and the concept is billed as "updated greasy spoon. " Seating is on three levels (a bar on street level, a mezzanine, and a second floor looking out on Main Street), and includes a 28-seat deck off the second floor. Centerpiece of the menu (from Spinner and chef Matthew Savastano, the former sous chef at La Calaca Feliz)
August 29, 2014
IF YOU haven't gotten your tix yet for October's Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, too late. The world's largest beer-judging event is sold out. But here's an insider's tip that will give you a taste of some of the champions: The last week of August is when local breweries deliver their bottles to Colorado for the medal competition. That means that specialties brewed especially for the event - the very best of their portfolios - go on tap locally over Labor Day weekend. Which means that, come October, when you hear that a local brewpub like Stewart's, in Bear, Del., or Round Guys, in Lansdale, has won a gold medal, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out there and taste 'em this weekend.
July 8, 2014 |
As triathletes, one professionally in the past and the other because she's clearly a glutton for torture in her free time, Holden Comeau and Jayme Anne Goldberg have an informed perspective on endurance sports. And not just that they are brutal. The two noticed a costly deficiency: Events managers were not using online video advertising. That meant they were seriously limiting outreach to potential participants and sponsorship revenue, Comeau and Goldberg said. You could liken it to a swimmer not wearing the most aerodynamic suit, or a marathoner not laced into the top running shoe.