January 3, 2016 |
Lidia Hernandez took chairs down off tables and unrolled mats on the floor of her East Camden restaurant, Lupita's, preparing for the lunch customers, who start coming as early as 11 a.m. Down the block on Federal Street, Monica Herrera talked with a client in her accounting office, tax forms strewed on the table. Across the street, Grisel Nunez organized the day's deliveries in her flower shop, Nyla's, behind a window decorated with poinsettias and wreaths. Along Federal from 21st to 27th Streets, shop owners pulled up metal grates, hosed off sidewalks, piped music out from speakers, and set Christmas trees in front of storefronts.
September 25, 2015 |
THE MAN'S VOICE comes out of the darkness at the corner of Kensington and Allegheny: "You're dead! You're dead!" This is the congregation of the Rev. William Murphy, and from a distance, I can hear the wheels of his small, black, rolling luggage, filled with Pop-Tarts and juice. It's for the Saturday morning Pop-Tart Prayer Walk he has participated in since he and the Rev. Joseph Devlin opened Mother of Mercy House in an old bar. With him is Sam Lufi, a young father who lives nearby.
July 28, 2015 |
LAST WEDNESDAY, Hien Bui was angry and tense. She was puzzled why the city and the Philadelphia Housing Authority would want to shut down the North Philadelphia nail salon her mother started nearly 23 years ago and put another business in its place. "I couldn't sleep last night," Bui said Thursday, the day after she got a letter from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority telling her that PHA planned to seize her business under eminent domain. Bui said she's been running Ann's Nails, on Ridge Avenue near 23rd Street, for 18 years.
May 2, 2015 |
There's nothing fancy about the ensemble of redbrick houses that line the 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue in Powelton Village. Built in the late 1870s, when the avenue linked country farms to city markets, the modest, wood-trimmed buildings housed working people who tended shops on the ground floor. Folks still live upstairs today, and neighborhood businesses - bike store, nail salon, day-care center - still pepper the storefronts below. Such blocks are what make Philadelphia, well, Philadelphia.
December 23, 2014 |
A GRIM CLUE in the disappearance of Shane Montgomery - missing since early Thanksgiving morning - surfaced yesterday along the banks of the Schuylkill, nearly a month after the college student and Roxborough native vanished. Members of the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit - contacted by Montgomery's family - donned scuba and snorkeling gear and searched the river Friday and yesterday, Montgomery's mother, Karen, said. During their search yesterday, they found the young man's keys near the water's edge, not far from a foot bridge that Montgomery, 21, was seen crossing in video recovered Dec. 11 from a nail salon on Main Street in Manayunk near the pub Montgomery was seen leaving.
May 5, 2014 |
In second grade, Josephine Nguyen discovered she loved a game in school - First in Math. She could play it at home, on a computer. But her parents, Vietnamese refugees, didn't own one. So her father, Joseph Nguyen, who works in a nail salon, took her first to the Lawncrest branch of the Free Library. Computer time is limited. After an hour there, he took his daughter to the Cottman Avenue branch. Then the Castor branch. Every day, they went from library to library. First in Math, founded by inventor Robert Sun, is now in 5,000 schools across the nation, played by 1.5 million students, and more than 110,000 students in 320 schools in the Philadelphia area.
June 20, 2013 |
Hello there! It was early afternoon the first day at the Sea Isle City house that 10 friends had rented for summer 2009, and Steve already had his toes in the sand. Laura arrived after work and knew the handsome man sitting on a beach towel had to be Steve; he was the only housemate she hadn't met. They introduced themselves and shook hands. Steve was drawn to her beautiful smile, and that made him nervous. "I thought she was out of my league," the Ridley native said.
January 15, 2013 |
FOR ALMOST five years, Algernong Allen III worked hard to transform Elena's Soul Lounge into a place that embraced the changing Cedar Park community in West Philadelphia. The diversity was clear in the eclectic mix of artists who performed at the Baltimore Avenue club, ranging from jazz to punk rock to hip-hop. The community has returned that support in the weeks since a fire ripped through the three-story building on Christmas Eve, destroying the business. Neighbors and friends have posted supportive messages on the bar's Facebook page and community message boards.
August 29, 2012 |
Members of a violent gang that staged home invasions at the residences of five business owners were sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia. The gang targeted Asian nail-salon owners in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, said Robert Livermore, assistant U.S. attorney. Several of the gang members, including Thach Van Nguyen, 34, of Wall Township, N.J., had formerly worked in the nail-salon business. "He knew three of the owners and had been to their homes," Livermore said.
August 29, 2012 |
Members of a violent gang that staged home invasions at the residences of five Asian business owners were sentenced Tuesday in Philadelphia. The gang targeted the nail salon owners in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, said Robert Livermore, Assistant U.S. Attorney. Several of the gang members, including Thach Van Nguyen, 34, of Wall Township, N.J., had formerly worked in the nail salon business. "He knew three of the owners and had been to their homes," Livermore said.