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January 22, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
Correction: The original version misstated the date Gallery II opened. It was in October 1983. Market East Station (now Jefferson Station) opened in 1984. THE NEWS STAND. Toys "R"Us. Easy Pickins. Taco Bell. One by one, stores and eateries have been closing at the Gallery in recent weeks as the clock ticks down for a major renovation of the nearly 40-year-old Center City mall that stretches along Market Street from 8th to 11th. At the FYE entertainment-media store, signs tell customers to visit the store's Broad and Chestnut location.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything about the decrepit Gallery at Market East may be about to change. Under an intended top-to-bottom renovation, one of Center City's most notorious dead spots would be reborn as a gleaming glass-and-steel emporium - brimming with brand-name discount fashion shops, destination restaurants, and lively sidewalk cafés. Even the name would be new. Welcome, shoppers, to the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. Details of the plan were provided exclusively to The Inquirer in advance of a series of meetings by government agencies whose support is vital to the project.
NEWS
April 19, 2012
THE CITY Department of Licenses & Inspection issued three citations Wednesday against a building on Market Street near 7th owned by Yechiel, Nahman and Michael Lichtenstein, who also owned the Kensington building that burned last week, killing two firefighters. An L&I spokeswoman said the fire prompted a review of all Lichtenstein properties, leading to the new citations on Market Street, which included operating a multifamily dwelling without a housing-inspection license, failing to keep fire-alarm-testing records and certificates on site, and improperly maintaining the facade.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2015
Pieces by Moore College of Art & Design students will be on a rotating display in Century 21's windows in the 800 block of Market Street until mid-July. The pieces are from JumpStart, the school's annual themed fashion show, which was in September. The students had one month to devise, design and showcase a garment based on a theme. The theme for this show was based on the Philadelphia Museum of Art's 2014 exhibition "Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love. " As part of the school's partnership with Century 21, the retailer also will host internships at its Philadelphia and New York City stores and offer workshops on merchandising and sales at the college.
NEWS
February 10, 1989 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police were looking yesterday for the man who shot two young men in the 1300 block of Market Street shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the assailant used a .22-caliber pistol to shoot Harold Roberts, 18, of the 2600 block of North 11th Street, and Maxie Everett, 19, of the 2300 block of West Diamond Street, after a quarrel. Both men were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital. Roberts, who was wounded in the head, was listed in guarded condition yesterday. Everett, who was shot in the right knee, was listed in good condition.
NEWS
October 27, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
A knife-wielding man slashed wildly at police officers who chased him through five Market Street blocks crowded with rush-hour pedestrians yesterday before subduing him after a struggle, police said. The man kept threatening, "I'm going to kill you," and "I'm going to kill the mayor," police said. Police arrested him at 7th and Market streets, after flogging him with nightsticks. Four police officers suffered minor injuries in the struggle. The suspect, James Wood, 43, of Keim Street near Westmoreland, Juniata Park, was cut on the head, but refused hospital treatment.
NEWS
October 7, 2014
LAST TUESDAY, I fell. Hard. Not in love. That was last year. Tuesday, for no reason, I tripped on Market Street and went down like a sequoia. I landed facedown, but my paratrooper training saved me from serious harm. Editor's note: Never a paratrooper, Byko did skydive a few years ago and learned techniques to hit the ground without injury. When skydiving, I could see the ground coming up to me (actually me coming down to it). Experienced skydivers advise to not look at the ground.
NEWS
August 21, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE WOMAN whose legs were amputated after being trapped for 13 hours beneath rubble from the Market Street building collapse filed a lawsuit yesterday, claiming several parties ignored signs of the impending danger. Mariya Plekan, 52, of Hunting Park, was shopping at the Salvation Army store when a three-story wall fell onto the store the morning of June 5. Firefighters pulled Plekan from under the debris shortly before midnight. The suit says that, as a result of the catastrophe, Plekan's entire lower body has been removed.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ON MAY 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on a West Philly rowhouse. Eleven people died and 61 homes went up in flames. Within a week, then-Mayor Wilson Goode agreed to appoint an independent commission to investigate exactly how and why the Police Department's final confrontation with the MOVE fringe group escalated to catastrophe. It has been four months and 19 days since the collapse of 2140 Market St. killed six people and injured 13. So far, all we have is the promise that Mayor Nutter will appoint a similar independent commission to examine how the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections might have averted the tragedy.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE TWO MEN facing a murder trial in last June's Market Street building collapse that killed six people lost another round in court yesterday after a judge rejected their requests to throw out conspiracy charges. Following a brief motions hearing, Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner ruled that city prosecutors had presented enough evidence during a Feb. 18 preliminary hearing to sustain the conspiracy charges. A trial date has not yet been set for Sean Benschop, 43, and Griffin Campbell, 50, who are being held without bail.
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April 18, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Turns out there's a truck tunnel beneath the Gallery at Market East. It's been there since the structure was built in the 1970s - a huge, hidden space defined by loading docks and trash bins, used as a means to deliver merchandise, food, and supplies when the mall was in its heyday. "It actually is pretty cool," said Brian Abernathy, executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. "Like a subterranean cavern. " The question of who controls it and who may use it in the future stood among a half-dozen complex matters considered and resolved Thursday, as the authority took the first official step toward placing control of the rundown mall into the hands of a developer who plans a complete remake.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything about the decrepit Gallery at Market East may be about to change. Under an intended top-to-bottom renovation, one of Center City's most notorious dead spots would be reborn as a gleaming glass-and-steel emporium - brimming with brand-name discount fashion shops, destination restaurants, and lively sidewalk cafés. Even the name would be new. Welcome, shoppers, to the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. Details of the plan were provided exclusively to The Inquirer in advance of a series of meetings by government agencies whose support is vital to the project.
NEWS
April 15, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
A $19.6 million project to transform a century-old building at the gritty 69th Street terminal complex into a sleek, modern structure that will be greener and more passenger-friendly was officially begun Monday. "This is going to be a model for how we will be able to make old buildings sustainable," said Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.), one of several politicians at Monday's groundbreaking ceremony. Actual construction work began last fall. Meehan predicted that the upgrades to West Terminal would draw more passengers and bolster the local economy.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
It was a year ago last Thursday that Gary Ginsberg stood on Market Street and watched his life go up in flames. All those suits in Crayola colors, all that polyester, all those luminous shirts and wonderfully fat-knotted ties, all that imitation gator skin, just disappearing in the fire. All that family history. Gone. Suit Corner was burning. It had been a cruel stretch. A month earlier, Gary's mother, Linda, had passed. Weeks later, Gary was measuring a customer when across the street his Uncle Marvin's store, Shirt Corner, sold and under demolition, collapsed.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parts of the Vine Street Expressway will be closed during pre-commuting hours starting next week as part of a $64.8 million project to replace seven aging bridges in Center City. The roadway will be shut down between Broad Street and the Schuylkill Expressway from 12:01 to 5 a.m. starting next Tuesday and will continue to be closed during those hours through April 17, according to the state Department of Transportation. Traffic will be detoured onto John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Market Street.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN DARCY Walker Krause was 15, her mother died suddenly from a heart attack. Twenty years later, Krause is herself the mother of two, including a newborn, yet there are times when her own mother's death still affects her. "There are many moments in the last 20 years that I have missed my mom," she said. "What comes to mind the most are major life events like graduations, my wedding and certainly the birth of each child. "She's not there to visit me at the hospital," Krause said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
A Philadelphia taxi ride used to be one of those luxurious indulgences where you could escape, however briefly, from your over-scheduled life and spend a few precious minutes staring out the window, lost in thought. Now every trip begins with a backseat television screen laying claim to your eyeballs. At least you still have the option of hitting the off button. If a bill sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla is put to a final vote later this month, the mere act of walking through the streets of Center City will become a lot like a cab ride, but without the off button.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two hours behind schedule, Beth Heinly finally located a working electrical outlet in the echoing cavern of the Broad Street concourse and settled in, wearing a puffy chef's hat, to cook pasta. The mac-and-cheese giveaway was Heinly's take on site-specific performance art - meant to engage a space that mostly lies vacant, except for occasional skateboarders, scuttling rainy-day commuters, and covert smokers of marijuana. "I wanted to do a really loving thing in a scary place," she said.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
PHILADELPHIA, MEET a fan. "I'm really happy to stay in Philadelphia. I'm Philly, too," said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family. "You are a beautiful and splendid city. " Paglia spoke in Italian-accented English to a group of students, adults and reporters yesterday after he was introduced at a World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 event that involved, of all things, milkshakes at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. The pontifical council he heads is in charge of the triennial World Meeting of Families to be held this September in Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
As the Inquirer's architecture critic, I often receive e-mails seeking information about this or that structure. No building has prompted more inquiries over the years than a mysterious Market Street relic that resembles a cresting ocean wave. For many years, I also wondered what the peculiar, blank-faced behemoth at 1020 Market St. was used for. Because it has no windows, I thought it might have started life as a movie theater. It wasn't until 2013, when the building made the Preservation Alliance's endangered properties list, that I discovered its impressive pedigree.
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