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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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE BOY HELD the flier in front of him and spoke. "My name is Marc Gildersleeve," he said. "Please help me find my dad, and if you know any information, please call. " He was poised. He was steady. And he broke our hearts. Just a day earlier, the 13-year-old's father, Bob Gildersleeve Jr., dropped him off at lacrosse practice and boarded Amtrak Train 188 from Baltimore to New York for a business trip. Usually his father, a vice president of sales for Ecolab, a food-safety-hygiene company, traveled by plane.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bank of New York Mellon is reducing its presence in its namesake Market Street building by 80 percent, amid staff cuts and a general trend among office tenants to take up less space. The New York-based bank will vacate in September 184,000 square feet that it uses at the BNY Mellon Center at 1735 Market St., said David Weinberg, chief operating officer of Equity Commonwealth, the building's owner. The bank signed an 11-year renewal prior to March 31 for its remaining 48,000 square feet in the building, Weinberg said in a call Thursday with analysts.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Aubrey Whelan, Matt Gelb, Michaelle Bond, and Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Conehead marching An orange and white striped parking cone sits atop the head of one marcher as the protesters head north on Broad Street, passing the old Philadelphia Inquirer building. The crowd appears to be thinning out. Some people are carrying signs and chanting "United we Stand, Divided We Fall. " To the Parkway Marchers passed the Four Seasons - protected by a line of police officers and their bicycles - and headed onto the Parkway. Earlier, protesters headed down 16th toward Walnut but police steered them back toward Market.
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
I was gliding into the left lane of rush-hour Market Street traffic on my Indego bike when I realized just how much fun I was having. I shifted into third gear. I sped past buses. Maybe it was the exhaustion, or the exhaust fumes, but I rang my bell a lot. I was laughing. Four hours earlier, I had not wanted to write this column. It was Thursday and my quad-mates Matt and Aubrey were abuzz about the launch of Philly's new bike-share program, Indego. Philly should have nice things, they said.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
HOW MUCH WOULD you pay for the plastic and paper bags used by grocery stores and other retailers? A penny? Maybe for your thoughts, but City Councilman Mark Squilla thinks you should pay five cents for each bag. A bill he introduced yesterday calls for the tax as a way to discourage littering while helping to fund the city's anti-littering campaign. Two cents from each nickel collected would go to the city and could generate as much as $150,000 a month, said Squilla, a Democrat who represents the 1st District, which includes parts of South Philadelphia, Center City and Port Richmond.
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
HASSANATU WULU chose to ogle jewelry rather than to hold Christina Sankey's hand, the way she should have. And when she realized Christina was in trouble, she waited to call police for help. Then she lied about it. And then Christina died. It's that simple. And that devastating. Yesterday, a grand jury recommended that Wulu be charged with reckless endangerment and felony neglect in Christina's death on March 7, 2014. The grand jury's presentment obviously won't bring Christina back to her relatives, who ache with grief for her. But I hope to hell it serves as a warning to the people who are hired to look after the most vulnerable among us: These lives matter.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT WAS EIGHT years ago this month that the Daily News branded 52nd and Market streets one of the city's most dangerous corners. "Death Row" screamed the front-page headline - one part tabloid hyperbole, one part depressing summation of the crime, blight and poverty that had choked the life out of the once-proud business and entertainment strip. Drug deals went down casually in broad daylight. Businesses collapsed, one after another, as a lengthy rebuild of SEPTA's Market-Frankford El turned the streets and sidewalks into a maze of construction equipment and debris.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Maria Panaritis, and Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Before he decided to reinvent the grim Gallery at Market East as a fashion outlet, Joseph Coradino considered converting it into a standard, suburban-style mall. The CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust also thought about making it into a giant restaurant-and-entertainment venue, or even a full-price high-fashion mall. But none seemed right for a Market East corridor that had grown decrepit, but now bloomed with new money, construction, and hope. Coradino combined elements of all three to create a vision for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, a $575 million development whose unveiling last week ended years of speculation about the future of the property.
NEWS
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.
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