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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
June 2, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
In the U.S. Courthouse, they refer to it as "The Miracle on Market Street," that moment on Sept. 26, 2015, when the work of federal law enforcement officials led to a baby with a terminal illness getting a kiss from Pope Francis in front of Independence Hall. Following her papal peck, Gianna Masciantonio's condition improved, and on Tuesday the 19-month-old was present and lively as her big brother, 5-year-old Dominic, was sworn in as an honorary deputy U.S. Marshal at the courthouse at 601 Market St. The Marshals, the FBI and the Secret Service said they wanted to honor the Masciantonio family and that singular moment that brought hope to many - including law enforcement officials.
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alterra Property Group and Stockton Real Estate Advisors have purchased the 1760 Market Street office building in Center City from an affiliate of Swiss pension-fund advisor AFIAA. The joint venture closed on the 14-story building on Sept. 3, Alterra managing partner Leo Addimando said. Addimando declined to disclose the purchase price. The AFIAA affiliate paid $19.3 million for the 137,000 square-foot building in February, 2006, according to city records. Altera and Stockton will invest in a cosmetic upgrade of the building, which will remain in use as an office property, Addimando said.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brandywine Realty Trust has bought almost the entire Center City block that had been the site of 2013's deadly building collapse that flattened a Salvation Army thrift store. The 37,000 square feet of property purchased by the company Tuesday include all but three parcels along the southern side of Market Street between 21st and 22d streets, Brandywine president and CEO Jerry Sweeney said in an interview. The site includes two three-story buildings that Brandywine will renovate into rental lofts, offices and retail spaces, Sweeney said.
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
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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NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel, Staff Writer
It started with a simple question from a passerby who noticed the clock at 12th and Market Street always seems to be off: Who owns it? We decided to find out.  It turns out the clock has a long, storied history with Philadelphia and was once a sort of Tinder of its day.  Here's a post that piqued our curiosity on the Slack messaging app. Coming up on 120 years, with the exception of a 14-year absence, the four-faced post clock now...
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
IN THE U.S. Courthouse, they refer to it as "the Miracle on Market Street," that moment on Sept. 26 when the work of federal law-enforcement officials led to a baby with a terminal illness getting a kiss from Pope Francis in front of Independence Hall. After her papal peck, Gianna Masciantonio's condition improved, and on Tuesday, the 19-month-old was present and lively as her big brother, 5-year-old Dominic, was sworn in as an honorary deputy U.S. marshal at the courthouse at 601 Market St. The marshals, the FBI, and the Secret Service said they wanted to honor the Masciantonio family and that singular moment that brought hope to many - including law-enforcement officials.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
One side benefit of the construction of the massive retail-and-residential East Market project is that it has opened up views (temporarily, anyway) of the tightly packed commercial blocks between 11th and 12th Streets. For the first time in decades, you can clearly make out the colorful terra-cotta details on 15 S. 11th St., once a flagship location for the Horn & Hardart restaurant chain. The ornate, five-story structure was designed and built in 1912 by William Steele & Sons, the go-to developer of the day, on commission for Horn & Hardart.
FOOD
May 27, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
Ruth's Chris Steak House returns to Center City early next month, taking space on a revitalized stretch of Market Street just north of Rittenhouse Square. Marsha Brown is making a multimillion-dollar investment, just as she did three decades ago when she arrived from the chain's hometown, New Orleans. Back then, though, the location itself did not matter, she said. She fell hard for the Beaux Arts office tower at Broad and Spruce Streets built for the Atlantic Refining Co. The neighborhood was far from prime.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia man accused of ramming a stolen vehicle into a police car in Chester County last week - and of nearly running over the officer - was captured in Center City on Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force had developed leads that Tyrell Winchester, 28, was on Market Street near 18th Street about noon. When he was seen walking on the busy street and positively identified, marshals and Philadelphia police tried to stop him, but he ran, authorities said. Shortly afterward, on the 1900 block of Market, Winchester was surrounded and captured after a brief struggle, the Marshals Service said.
NEWS
May 26, 2016
Between Richard Basciano's shirking of responsibility for the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse and his long-standing ownership of said building lies a logical tension. It reaches its breaking point when this Ozymandias of pornography and blight is confronted with testimony that he was standing before his own dreary expanse of Market Street when his partly demolished building crushed a busy thrift store next door, killing six and injuring 13. While Basciano and his wife were indeed at the site, he claims in a deposition that he didn't see or hear the collapse.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - Check out the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust's booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's within this 6,000-square-foot space with an entrance bathed in LED panels showcasing malls the company owns all over the country that PREIT chief executive officer Joseph Coradino was working his sales magic. Since landing in Vegas on Saturday, he has been selling the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia at Market East, the company's latest baby, at the nation's largest retail and real estate annual confab, known as ReCon, which will conclude Wednesday.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WE START where we always have since the deadly Market Street building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 on June 5, 2013 - with the building's Teflon-coated owner, Richard Basciano. And if there is any justice or, perhaps more likely, karma in the world, we will end with Basciano walking down a road to a hell of his own making, paved with excuses. Since an unsupported four-story wall crumbled and crushed the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store at 21st and Market, many have wanted to hear from Basciano, the property owner who had the final say on contracts and decisions, but whose clout and cash kept him insulated from accountability.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
The Independence Visitor Center plans a $15 million overhaul that will extend the outdoor terrace and enlarge the gift shop as it aims to generate more cash for operations from the city's growing tourist throng. The renovation will be the biggest investment at Independence Mall since the early 2000's, when the center and other buildings were constructed as part of a then-new master plan for the National Park Service site. It comes as the building's operator, the nonprofit Independence Visitor Center Corp., strives to reduce its dependence on the Park Service in an age of recurring federal budget tiffs.
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