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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.
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.
NEWS
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.
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BUSINESS
July 15, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
In the spring, Philadelphia's single-family housing market had its best quarter in a decade, with prices and sales volume surging throughout the city. The average house value "soared" by 7.3 percent in 2015's second quarter compared with the first three months of the year, said Kevin Gillen, chief economist of Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Based on single-family home sales data between April 1 and June 30 from the city Recorder of Deeds, Gillen said, the quarterly price rise was the largest since second quarter 2005, at the height of the real estate boom.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the 40th Odunde Festival got underway Sunday in Center City, a steady stream of women admired the African clothing that Nana Maindoo-Yeboah was selling from her booth on South Street. One tried on a gold-colored gele, a piece of traditional Nigerian headgear, while others complimented Maindoo-Yeboah's cotton wax print dress, which flared below the hips. Maindoo-Yeboah left her corporate job 20 years ago to sell the clothing, often at festivals such as Odunde, which organizers say is the largest African American street festival in the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The marketing materials for SoNo, a new "creative office space" being developed at Fifth and Spring Garden, depict a millennial's workday paradise. Softly colored renderings show handsome folks grabbing lunch from food trucks, dropping off bikes at a sleek storage room, and lounging around the amphitheater in a dramatic skylighted lobby. In the evenings, employees gather near a roof-deck fire pit to watch the sun set over the Center City skyline. Market Street's towers look like they're down the street.
FOOD
June 5, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Street food via Vietnam Bucks County-raised chef Chad Kubanoff, having immersed himself in Vietnamese food and culture for six years, has come home to open a restaurant in Northern Liberties specializing in Viet street food. Same Same - a riff on a Vietnamese expression ("it's the same, but not the same," Kubanoff explains) - is at 614 N. Second St., occupying the BYOB that previously accommodated Copper and Koo Zee Doo. Kubanoff kept the open-kitchen configuration, decorating with street signs and objects brought back from Vietnam.
FOOD
May 8, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
No need to twist your tongue trying out Dhanapalan Perumalsamy Sankaralingam's given name. He goes simply by Paul Samy. The owner of Cafe Spice Express at Liberty Place, he plans to bring the tastes of South India to Queen Village later this month.  Imli Indian Kitchen , a BYOB, will take the corner spot at Catharine Street and East Passyunk Avenue that formerly housed Ulivo. Imli is Hindi for tamarind. Sabrina's Cafe , the quartet of bruncheries, plans a Collingswood location in mid-August at 714 Haddon Ave., the former Woolworth's store that has been a veritable revolving door for restaurants and was a short-lived boutique market last winter.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. When it comes to squishy boundaries, Fishtown's are among the squishiest. The 19125 zip code of which this Philadelphia neighborhood is a part "encompasses several different civic associations for whom boundary questions can be an issue," says Chris Somers, broker/owner of Re/Max Access in Northern Liberties, who sells and invests in Fishtown. No matter where the neighborhood begins or ends, however, it is "an extremely vibrant, hot real estate market, with new construction and renovated properties in high demand but with extremely low inventory," Somers says.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Population: 31,694 (estimate). Median household income: $37,371. Area: 1.59 square miles. Settlements in the last three months: 66. Homes for sale: 125. Average days on market: 69. Median sale price: $209,000. Housing stock: From 19th- century rowhouses to new single-family construction. School district: Philadelphia. SOURCES: City-Data.com; Kevin Gillen, Meyers Research/Lindy Institute, Drexel University; Chris Somers, Re/Max Access, Northern Liberties
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Sailor Eddie was going through his regular morning routine outside his tattoo shop at Front and Girard. He had swept up outside, on the lookout for drug baggies. Now, Eddie, owner of Bonnie & Clyde Tattoo Parlour, which sits just out of the shadow of the El, was chasing away some guys that he suspected were from the methadone clinic down the street. The usual waltz. Eddie told them to leave. They told Eddie to go do something to himself. Eddie opened the door and let them have a look at his boxer-pit bull mix, Bonnie.
NEWS
April 19, 2015 | By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jay Turner, 32, has been registered to vote since he was 18. Not only does he not know when the next city election is, he has no idea who the candidates are, either. "I work too much to watch TV," said Turner, a chef in Northern Liberties. Monday is the last day to register to vote in the May 19 Democratic primary election. Given that 335,000 people ages 18 to 34 are registered - and that there are approximately 459,000 Philadelphians ages 20 to 34 - it seems that millennials might vote in strong numbers.
NEWS
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.
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