April 14, 2014 |
OLD CITY The Shirt Corner and the Suit Corner buildings had been through a lot during their nearly 200 years at Third and Market Streets, but somehow they always found a way to adapt. Only two months ago, the two were still inseparable companions, still standing eyeball-to-eyeball, still trying to outdo each other with their blazing, red-white-and-blue facade graphics. Today, the Suit Corner, on the southwest corner, is a smoldering ruin, its roof gone, its timbers charred black from Wednesday's fire.
April 11, 2014 |
Gary Ginsberg, owner of the Suit Corner, stood on the north side of Market Street on Wednesday morning, facing reporters. Behind him, his family business burned. "All these years at Third and Market, going down to an end," he said as firefighters fought the two-alarm blaze. "I just can't believe this is happening. . . . It just went up in smoke. " Within a month, two Old City haberdasheries connected by blood, architectural motif, and outlandish retail style had been destroyed in spectacular fashion.
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.
February 10, 1989 |
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.
October 27, 1987 |
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.
August 21, 2013 |
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.
October 25, 2013 |
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.
March 20, 2014 |
In a sweeping $500 million-plus project aimed at finally upgrading Philadelphia's worn downtown retail district and spreading Center City's apartment revival east of Broad Street, a development group says it plans to demolish a modest block of stores on Market Street between 11th and 12th - and eventually level or renovate the rest of the block down to Chestnut Street - in favor of a new retail/residential complex. Developers of the complex, to be called East Market, are two Philadelphia concerns, backed by Washington and New York firms.
July 10, 2012 |
The new home of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com at 801 Market Street opened for business today. Newsroom employees for the Inquirer and philly.com started unpacking this morning and will be followed later this week by their colleagues from the Daily News. Operations of the three news organizations are being consolidated on the third floor at the former Strawbridge and Clothier Department Store Building. The move was necessitated by the sale of their previous home, the iconic white tower at 400 N. Broad Street, to developer Bart Blatstein by the news organizations' previous owners, Philadelphia Media Network.
October 29, 2012 |
A $60 million deal to sell a large piece of Center City real estate to the owners of the Gallery at Market East is nearly complete, helping pave the way for a planned redevelopment of the long-struggling urban shopping mall, officials said Monday. Vornado Realty Trust of Paramus, N.J., in an announcement made on a stormy day that idled markets and major businesses along the East Coast, said it had entered into an agreement to sell 907 Market Street to Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, a shopping mall company headquartered in Center City.