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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
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
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
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
April 16, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Community Integrated Services is expanding its operations at 441 N. Fifth St., in Northern Liberties, to about 8,700 square feet, according to brokerage PernaFrederick Commercial Real Estate, which represented the employment-search and -support agency in the lease. CIS, which specializes in job placements for people with disabilities, has occupied about 6,400 square feet in the 80,000-square-foot, four-story building since 2006, PernaFrederick said in a release on Thursday. The lease extends to "the later years of this decade," the brokerage said.
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FOOD
August 5, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
North of Northern Liberties, the intermittent clanging of a tinny firehouse bell is a sound familiar to many. But it doesn't signal a blaze requiring immediate attention. There, the ring means one thing: The pizza truck is coming your way. A roving staple of the River Wards for more than 50 years, this boxy, boisterous slice-dispensing truck is an institution in this part of town, an outlier untouched by the pull of the new-wave mobile-food culture. It's not wrapped in loud graphics; it doesn't work college-campus or music-festival circuits.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2016
Arc Cuff by Forge & Finish Emily Kane, Carly Mayer, and Desiree Casimiro of the East Kensington jewelry company Forge & Finish have a simple motto: break and bust. "We work really hard to bust it out," Kane said. The Temple-educated ladies have been in business officially for a year and a half, but have been working together for much longer. On Saturday, Forge & Finish will help kick off the Art Star Pop Up Market at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Every Saturday, more than 20 vendors will sell their crafts in a mini version of the Northern Liberties' boutique's massive craft fair that takes place in early May. New vendors will sell at the pop-up market every Saturday.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
New York-based ETRE Financial L.L.C. cancelled plans to sell shares of Northern Liberties' Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses due to market conditions late last year, when its contract for the deal with the property's owner was terminated, a company official said Thursday. ETRE's agreement with developer Michael Samschick was terminated in November 2015, Eli Verschleiser, a founding partner of the financial firm, said in an email. The company had said in a May 19 filing with the Securities Exchange Commission that it was withdrawing its application for an initial public offering of shares granting investors an indirect ownership interest in the residential complex due to "unfavorable market conditions.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
A New York-based financial firm's plan to sell ownership shares of a waterfront apartment complex in Northern Liberties on the stock market has fizzled, the third misfire for the company's unconventional financing scheme in as many cities. ETRE Residential L.L.C. said in a filing last Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was withdrawing its application to take developer Michael Samschick's Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses public "because of unfavorable market conditions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Jazz Appreciation Month culminates Saturday, on International Jazz Day, with a citywide buffet of sounds for every appetite, from swinging to avant-garde. The fifth annual Center City Jazz Festival, founded by trombonist Ernest Stuart, packs 20 acts into five Center City venues over the course of six hours. But that's not all: Smack dab in the middle of the Center City Jazz Festival is the All-City Jazz Festival, featuring some of the city's best young players. In the twilight hours, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma hosts his second Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival, with 10 rapid-fire sets lasting late into the night (and early morning)
NEWS
April 22, 2016
REMEMBER Whitney White ? Probably not. Allow us to refresh your memory. White is the former Delaware River Port Authority commissioner who resigned last summer after a Daily News story delved into his bankruptcies, a so-called think tank in Northern Liberties and a network of failed corporations that had sought government contracts. Nice enough guy, White seemed, but probably not a person you want overseeing a debt-ridden public agency with a $290 million budget and a history of cronyism.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Community Integrated Services is expanding its operations at 441 N. Fifth St., in Northern Liberties, to about 8,700 square feet, according to brokerage PernaFrederick Commercial Real Estate, which represented the employment-search and -support agency in the lease. CIS, which specializes in job placements for people with disabilities, has occupied about 6,400 square feet in the 80,000-square-foot, four-story building since 2006, PernaFrederick said in a release on Thursday. The lease extends to "the later years of this decade," the brokerage said.
NEWS
April 15, 2016
ISSUE | DEVELOPMENT Riverfront projects need parking, retail As CEO of Tower Investments, I respect the Design Advocacy Group but take issue with several points in its commentary ("Room for improvement in two Blatstein projects," Monday). The plans for a big-box shopping center at the former Schmidt's Brewery in Northern Liberties, which DAG opposed, were not mine. Northern Liberties had the property zoned "strip shopping center/area shopping center" before my ownership. When a proposed city development at Penn's Landing failed to materialize, I moved my design plans for that canceled project to the Schmidt's site, which Tower Investments had acquired, and created the award-winning Piazza.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The Playground, developer Bart Blatstein's mall-entertainment complex on the Boardwalk, is testing pop-up leases to attract new retailers as the moribund mall gears up for the summer. Up to a dozen storefronts are now available for the short-term, innovative pop-ups, Blatstein said Friday, and are intended to give smaller retailers a chance to "take their shot" at space they normally could not afford. It's also a page from Blatstein's playbook at the Piazza in Northern Liberties.
NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
First Wednesday bluegrass night in Northern Liberties, with three area bands: The Jersey Corn Pickers, Coal Town Rounders, and Sparkle Pony. Wednesday at Bourbon & Branch.
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