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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.
NEWS
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
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
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
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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NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School has received more bad news. The charter - which has said it might have to close because it cannot pay its bills - has been ordered to repay the School District of Philadelphia the $1.5 million it has received over the last several years for students it was not authorized to enroll. Commonwealth Court Judge James Gardner Colins issued the order Thursday. It stemmed from a state Supreme Court decision in May that the school was bound by the terms of the charter it signed in 2005, which limited enrollment to 675 students.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE FUTURE OF the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School is unclear after a Common Pleas judge yesterday denied the school's emergency petition seeking funds from the school district. Judge Nina Wright Padilla agreed with the district's argument - and with a spring ruling by the state Supreme Court - that the district was required to fund only the 675 students enrolled at Palmer, a cap set in a 2005 agreement. There 1,290 students currently attending Palmer.
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
An emergency hearing scheduled for Friday on a request by Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School for $1.4 million from the Philadelphia School District was again put on hold. At the request of attorneys for both sides, Common Pleas Court Judge Nina Padilla reset the hearing for Wednesday. "We're talking about certain matters involving this litigation and would like to explore them further," said Robert Gamburg, the charter's lawyer. Neither he nor lawyers for the School District would comment on the nature of their talks.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A hearing on an emergency request by Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School for $1.4 million from the Philadelphia School District was postponed by a Common Pleas Court judge until Friday. The school, which had warned it might close as soon as Friday without the money, will continue to operate normally. "We're opening the school tomorrow," said Palmer, who founded the school that bears his name. "But each day is critical time," he said after the proceeding was delayed.
SPORTS
September 17, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
REMEMBER THE big hubbub last week over LeSean McCoy leaving a 20-cent tip at an eatery in Northern Liberties? The receipt for $61.76 showing the tip and McCoy's autograph is up for bid on eBay. As of 7:52 last night, there were 143 bids, with the highest one for the bad-service/bad-party tab hitting $100,000. Apparently, someone has nothing better to do with 100 grand. For that kind of cash, one can pay the median annual salary of a Philadelphia area college admissions director (salary.com)
FOOD
August 29, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Chef Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal of the Feliz restaurants have veered away from Mexican for their fourth bar/restaurant, Beast & Ale (4161 Main St. in Manayunk; 267-437-3936), down the street from Taqueria Feliz. The name is a play on "Beef & Ale," and the concept is billed as "updated greasy spoon. " Seating is on three levels (a bar on street level, a mezzanine, and a second floor looking out on Main Street), and includes a 28-seat deck off the second floor. Centerpiece of the menu (from Spinner and chef Matthew Savastano, the former sous chef at La Calaca Feliz)
REAL_ESTATE
August 17, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Teresa Shields Westkaemper lives in a sprawling four-bedroom house in Jenkintown with husband Paul Westkaemper and their three daughters. She is an accomplished watercolorist with a master's degree in fine art, and a very specific artistic sensibility: She loves circles and the colors red and blue. "I can't tell you why I like circles, but I always have, and I express them everywhere," she says. It makes sense, then, that after a renovation that included demolishing and rebuilding the rear of the structure, the Westkaemper home is blue in the front and has a red caboose, so to speak.
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IF RONALD MANSON had not been drunk on May 19, he might not have been charged with killing the beer-distributor employee whom he struck with his van in front of the North Philly business. But prosecutors say Manson, 64, who pulled over and voluntarily gave police a full statement after the 1:30 p.m. accident, was very drunk that afternoon, when his van allegedly struck Stuart Moore, 54. His blood-alcohol level was .245, about three times the legal level to drive, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb said at Manson's preliminary hearing yesterday.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Alon Barzilay has done as much in 41 years as many people do in a lifetime. And that includes what the founder and CEO of Barzilay Development L.L.C. of Philadelphia calls "side businesses," the latest of which is a film project with Germantown Academy pals Bradley Cooper and Brian Klugman that sent him to Los Angeles this summer. "I'm not quitting my day job," Barzilay, the film's executive producer, said with a laugh. "I'm a real estate developer. " These days, his real estate efforts include the conversion to rental apartments of Greater St. Matthew's Baptist Church at 23d and Fitzwater Streets as Sanctuary Lofts.
REAL_ESTATE
June 9, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
When we last met up with Jeffrey Tubbs, he was two years into his first building project and doing well, though it was 2010 and we were still mired in the real estate downturn. Four years later, Tubbs is still small and successful but growing, combining youth - he's 37 - with enthusiasm. Part of his success stems from building for-sale housing the next address up from "the hot neighborhood" - in this case, Northern Liberties. We're seeing a lot of activity like that in Philadelphia these days, although much of it is rental as developers large and small retrench after squeezing through sales gates as they were closing shut.
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