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March 25, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
DEVELOPER Bart Blatstein is the driving force behind much of Northern Liberties' latest population growth. His Piazza at Schmidts apartments, which surround the open-air Roman-style plaza on the former Schmidt's Brewery site, near 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue, opened in May 2009 and have added about 800 residents to the neighborhood. His Liberties Walk apartments, near 2nd Street west of the piazza, which opened in stages over the past five years, plus apartments in his other buildings, have added an additional 400 people in the past seven or eight years, Blatstein said.
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August 21, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A SIMPLE stone slab marks the grave of Philadelphia gunsmith Henry Deringer, barely noticeable beneath a giant sycamore and the surrounding acres of intricate, towering tombstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery. His name is mostly forgotten here, his workshops in Northern Liberties paved over for progress or pulled down by time, just empty lots with broken glass and weeds. No murals, statues or buildings bear his name here and no one's ever asked the commonwealth to stake a blue historical marker along North Front Street for the man who ushered in the era of "concealed carry," whose name became a noun, like Jell-O or Kleenex, still used today to describe any compact, easy-to-hide handgun that's deadly at close range.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2012 | By Brian McManus, For The Inquirer
On any given night, Second Street in Northern Liberties is a bustling, lively scene. The young and tattooed dine alfresco at Cantina Dos Segundos. Beer nerds pop into the Foodery for a six-pack of hard-to-find-elsewhere brews. Couples stroll leisurely along Liberties Walk or in Liberty Lands Park. Masochists take in a Phillies game on the big screen at the Piazza at Schmidts. That wasn't always the case. William Reed, owner of Standard Tap, recalls a time before the neighborhood's still relatively recent renewal took hold.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2011 | By Victoria Donohoe, For The Inquirer
There should be applause. Projects Gallery's "Northern Liberties: A Transformation" features artists who, taking their cue from sculptor William Rush in the Federal era, live and/or work in a neighborhood that's been distinct in identity since William Penn's time and are part of its revival in recent decades. Spontaneity stamps this show. The hearty, rugged dignity of the locality belongs especially to artists who don't confine their interest to their studio interiors - painters like Jennifer Baker, who since 1978 has visually chronicled the cycle of decay, destruction, and revival of Northern Liberties' industrial traditions and vibrant creative life.
NEWS
April 20, 2011
A woman was reported injured late Tuesday night as fire struck a Northern Liberties building. The fire was reported at 860 N. Fifth St., at Poplar Street, about 11:30, and a second alarm was declared 20 minutes later. Medics reported that a 40-year-old woman was taken to Temple University Hospital with burns to her head, neck, and hands. - Inquirer staff
NEWS
May 19, 2011
A man with a sawed-off shotgun robbed a pedestrian of an iPhone and $900 cash on Fairmount Avenue near Fourth Street in Northern Liberties just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The gunman was described as black, 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white sneakers, and shorts. He was last seen running south, police said. - Staff report
NEWS
November 2, 1986 | By Beth Gillin, Inquirer Staff Writer (Staff writer William W. Sutton Jr. contributed to this article.)
Sculptor Joseph Greenberg has seen it happen before to places that he and fellow artists "discovered. " It happened to New Hope, a bustling shopping center now but a bona-fide art colony when Greenberg lived there as a young man. Now, the same sort of thing is happening to Northern Liberties, a North Philadelphia neighborhood that was largely barren and desolate when artists began settling there in the 1970s. Today, thanks in part to path-clearing artists, the neighborhood hums and buzzes with workers who are renovating, constructing and prettifying what some real estate interests describe as the hottest neighborhood in town.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA This week, one of the Philadelphia History Museum's galleries looked like little more than a barren bedroom. Its walls were white, its floors were littered with paper scraps, and its glass-enclosed cases were empty. But by the week's end, the hipsters were taking over. The 400-square-foot community-history gallery, spruced up by colorful photos and decades-old memorabilia, had started to tell the history of a neighborhood. On Thursday night, the Center City museum will launch an exhibit with a lengthy title that says it all: "Northern Liberties: From World's Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between.
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police said Monday that robbery appeared to have been the motive in a double shooting in the city's Northern Liberties section that left a woman, 65, dead and a second person in critical condition. The victims' names were not released pending family notification, but Officer Tanya Little said the 65-year-old woman was "the mother of the 41-year-old transsexual surviving victim. " The shooter was still at large. On Sunday night in the 700 block of North Third Street, the older woman was shot in the head and the second victim, whom police initially described as a man, was shot in the face.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fire alarms in the three-story Northern Liberties apartment building go off all the time. But Kimberly Hollingsworth, 34, has two school-age children, and when she was awakened shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, she decided to check the hallway anyway. "It was just dark, black space" filled with smoke, she said. "This is it. I thought me and my kids were going to die, pretty much. " Hollingsworth and her fiancé grabbed her two children and rushed out of their third-floor unit to the fire escape.
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April 4, 2015
A caption with "Table Talk" on Thursday wrongly identified the owners of the Heritage restaurant in Northern Liberties. They are Terry Leach (left) and Jason Evenchik.
FOOD
April 3, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
A new heritage Heritage , a rustic combination of bar, restaurant, and jazz/funk venue, and arguably the boldest restaurant project ever in Northern Liberties, opened this week at 914-22 N. Second St. (215-627-7500), across from Cescaphe Ballroom. Owners Jason Evenchik and Terry Leach (Time, Bar, Vintage, Growlers, Garage) have completely redone the workaday building that housed Feast Your Eyes catering. Wide-open, warehouselike interior, reminiscent of the new La Colombe in Fishtown, has greenery everywhere: ringing the ceiling, behind the bar, and outside on the roof, as well as in a side garden that will have seating.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN THE HEART of lower North Philadelphia, amid weeded lots, graffitied walls and mammoth abandoned warehouses, Tim Patton is betting on a renaissance. Patton and business partner Christina Burris last year opened Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. inside an old warehouse on 5th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. By the end of the year, they plan to open a brewpub there, anticipating that new development - and the young, hip residents who often come with it - will seep east from Temple University, north from Northern Liberties and west from Fishtown.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
THIS IS A "BUYER BEWARE" story that sounds made-up. I mean, who'd believe that buying a new house would lead to robbery and extortion? Yet there was Jordan Hyatt, driving through the city in the dead of night, taking text-message instructions from a contractor who'd robbed Hyatt and his wife. He'd return their stuff if they paid him $300. "It was surreal," says Hyatt, 34, a senior researcher in Penn's criminology department. Hyatt and his wife, Lindsay Wilde, 33, a physician, bought their just-built house in March 2012.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ANN DOUGHERTY used to say she felt like Cyrano, the fictional character who wrote love letters for a fellow soldier in the famous French play by Edmond Rostand. Ann did the same for a number of male patrons of the Free Library's Rodriguez branch, including a Spanish-speaking man who wanted to woo an English-speaking woman. Ann helped him write the love letter, and the man got his first date. Alas, Ann never found out if the romance lasted. Ann was a librarian, but nothing like the librarians usually thought of as dowdy spinsters in dim rooms reeking of the dusty volumes of forgotten lore.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Chris DiPinto - guitar designer by day, glam rocker by night - built his first instrument from store-bought parts and a chunk of oak flooring. That was in the early 1990s; these days, DiPinto creates gorgeous electric guitars for the stars. But the same sort of funky creativity that helped put DiPinto Guitars on the musical map is at work in the launch of his band, Creem Circus. "Until you learn how to use a sewing machine, you don't have your band together," says DiPinto, who custom-makes much of his bedazzling onstage attire.
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March 11, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
PHILADELPHIA, MEET a fan. "I'm really happy to stay in Philadelphia. I'm Philly, too," said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family. "You are a beautiful and splendid city. " Paglia spoke in Italian-accented English to a group of students, adults and reporters yesterday after he was introduced at a World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 event that involved, of all things, milkshakes at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. The pontifical council he heads is in charge of the triennial World Meeting of Families to be held this September in Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 13, 2015
  KHARA Cartagena, 45, of Northern Liberties, is the owner of The Velvet Lily, an erotic boutique on Chestnut near 12th Street. The store, which opened in 2008 as an in-home party business in NoLibs, grew into a retail store and moved to Center City in 2013. It offers a wide range of body-safe adult toys, lingerie and monthly workshops. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was a stockbroker and stressed out and so I left the business in 2004. I did some real-estate development but wanted to do something more active.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fran Blanche took one look at the curvaceous 1960s Westinghouse radio and made her diagnosis. "I can tell you right now, it's fixable," she said as she pried the plastic housing apart for a closer look. Greta Alexander, of Northern Liberties, was relieved. She had been trying to get it working for a while. But everyone told her to just get a new one. "But that's not the point," she said. Lost causes were welcome at the Philly Fixers Guild's third Repair Fair, held Saturday at Memphis Street Academy in Port Richmond.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there On New Year's Eve 2009, Nathan and his friend Andrea headed toward the Apple Store near Central Park to meet another friend and some of his friends, who were all going to a party on the Lower East Side. Milagros "was wearing a big, goofy hat and eating a hot dog from the hot dog cart," Nathan said. "Something about her caught my eye. " On the ride to the gathering, Milagros could see Nathan watching her in the subway window's reflection. They started talking at that party, and also checked out another one in the apartment next door.
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