June 27, 2014 |
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
February 5, 2014 |
OLD CITY Philadelphia building officials have ordered the developer renovating Old City's Shirt Corner buildings to demolish the early 19th-century row after engineers discovered wide cracks in the walls, indicating that the structures were on the verge of collapse. The order, issued Jan. 24 by the Department of Licenses and Inspections, means the city will lose an important group of buildings that once served as warehouses and offices for Philadelphia's port, and later became a quirky retail gateway to Old City.
May 5, 2014 |
Many young men came home from World War II and started their own businesses. Charles Goldberg did just that, and his was an instant hit. With just $600 in capital, he and his older brothers, Harry and Jack, formed Goldbergs' Marine, selling boating equipment from a store on Market Street. "They were a legend," said Bill Wermuth, a Wynnewood native who went there for 14 years starting in 1958 to outfit the boat his parents kept in Nova Scotia. Goldbergs' was synonymous with savvy salesmen and apt advice, Wermuth said.
February 7, 2014 |
Ground was broken Wednesday at the site of Philadelphia's latest high-rise rental effort - a 28-story, $110 million project at 36th and Market Streets in University City. Called 3601 Market Street and due for delivery in spring 2015, the building will be constructed on a portion of the 17-acre University City Science Center campus that is now a parking lot. The 364-unit, 443,000-square-foot, mixed-use structure is a joint project of the Science Center and Southern Land Co., of Nashville.
October 17, 2014 |
A JUDGE yesterday rejected the Salvation Army's attempt to shield five employees from being questioned by lawyers who are suing the nonprofit over last year's fatal Market Street building collapse. Common Pleas Judge Mark Bernstein ruled that the Salvation Army cannot invoke Fifth Amendment privilege for the five and ordered that they be produced for depositions between Oct. 21 and Dec. 1. The decision was praised by attorneys for the victims and relatives of those who were killed or injured when part of a building being demolished fell on top of a Salvation Army store at 22nd and Market streets, June 5, 2013.
February 21, 2014 |
THE WINDOWS on the Nissan Altima were dark - dark enough, it seems, to hide the body of Nadia Malik for at least a day or two. A tip from an anonymous caller to the Marple Township Police Department led Philadelphia cops to inspect the car shortly before 10:30 a.m. yesterday on a slush-rimmed stretch of 30th Street near Market, behind the hulking IRS building. They found Malik, 22, in the front passenger seat. The mother of two from Broomall had been missing since Feb. 9. How she died is a mystery for now. She showed no visible signs of trauma and was fully clothed, said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives.
June 2, 2014 |
For months, Nancy Winkler and Jay Bryan went out of their way not to pass by 22d and Market Streets. They lived only three blocks away, so it wasn't easy. But avoiding that corner forever would be almost impossible. When the couple did finally find themselves there in April, what they saw only deepened the sadness in their lives - a barren lot, long and narrow, strewn front to back with accumulated garbage. "It was depressing to see that people were trashing it," Bryan said.
December 27, 2012 |
The XXX-rated films are gone, along with the customers who trolled the Forum Theater on Market Street seeking public arousal. As videos and the Internet killed porn theaters, the Forum was among the last to die, but it finally closed Nov. 30, giving Philadelphia the opportunity - for the first time in decades - to develop this key link between the city's east and west sides. Richard Basciano, the man behind the proposal to revive the area with new apartments and street-level commercial space, is best known as the king of Times Square porn.
November 30, 2013 |
Like the prow of a ship, the main facade of Drexel University's new business school at 32d and Market Streets steers toward Center City, straining to narrow the two-block gap between the Schuylkill and its fast-growing campus. In a bit of overt symbolism, the university even relocated a statue of founder Anthony Drexel to the entrance plaza, so he now stands firmly at the helm of this eastward venture. Under its current president, John A. Fry, Drexel has made no secret of its desire to fill that bleak, underutilized space with the sleek towers of a new technology-dominated neighborhood.
August 22, 2014 |
LAWYERS FOR the two men awaiting trial for allegedly causing last year's Market Street building collapse that killed six and injured 13 gave notice yesterday that they will seek to sever the case so their clients can be tried separately. If Griffin Campbell and Sean Benschop were tried together, statements Benschop made after the collapse incriminating Campbell could not be properly challenged, Campbell's attorney, William Hobson, said after a brief court hearing. Attorney Daine Grey, who represents Benschop, said he supported the call for separate trials.