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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
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
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
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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NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia will lose more than 600 jobs when homegrown Destination Maternity Corp. leaves its headquarters at Fifth and Spring Garden Streets for South Jersey. But unlike other gloomy portraits of corporations defecting to the suburbs, this one may have a silver lining for the city. Diverse proposals are emerging to buy the retailer's headquarters and distribution complex, a colossal parcel of nearly eight acres in an industrial-zoned enclave that has changed little as neighboring Old City and Northern Liberties grew into upscale residential communities over the last two decades.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | By Amelia Brust, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Under gray skies, the Healing Presence Singers performed Sunday at the corner of Ritner and Colorado Streets in South Philadelphia. Their voices were raised in song to remind a city about a killing it won't soon forget, and to protest gun violence. They gathered, about two dozen in all, outside what had been the plant-filled apartment of Amber Long. The 26-year-old architect was shot and killed Jan. 19 across town on the 900 block of North Front Street in Northern Liberties during a purse snatching.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
George E. Moore, 67, of Northern Liberties, longtime legal counsel for Temple University, died Sunday, March 2, of cancer at his home. Mr. Moore had been Temple's attorney since 1989 and secretary to the school's board of trustees since 1992. He was appointed senior vice president in 2007. Mr. Moore oversaw all of the legal affairs of the university and its subsidiaries. He advised officials on corporate governance, policy development, employment, and labor issues. "Simply put, George's dedication to Temple was without equal.
FOOD
February 24, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Cichonski in on Gaslight The Gaslight , a retooling of Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant at 120 Market St. in Old City, has opened with Ela chef/owner and Top Chef alumnus Jason Cichonski as a partner with one of PBR's owners, Charlie McMaster. Former Alfa manager Tim O'Brien runs the front of the house and the bar program (18 drafts, $10 cocktails, many sub-$10 glasses of wine). Ela's James Fujioka is at the stove, from which you can get brunch on weekends (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and all day Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.)
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
February 14, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A preliminary hearing for the man charged with falsely implicating four men in the January slaying of Amber Long was postponed Wednesday after the defendant was taken to the hospital for chest pains, telling sheriff's deputies he had been assaulted in a holding cell at the Criminal Justice Center. Prosecutors were ready to present evidence that Lamar Beatty, 44, of East Germantown, lied to detectives and derailed the crucial early days of the investigation into Long's killing on Jan. 19 in Northern Liberties.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EVEN IF you've never heard of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northern Liberties, chances are you've seen it: Its signature golden dome is easy to pick out on the city's skyline. But the church is much more than a pretty facade - it's one of four major hubs for the Ukrainian Catholic faith in America. Rev. Ivan Demkiv, who's steered the congregation for more than a decade, explained what happens beneath the church's brilliant dome. (Full disclosure: Demkiv is the father of one of this reporter's college friends.)
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ANYBODY FOR Catfish Bitters? No, they're not made from catfish, but by a man called Catfish, who used to prepare a blend of herbs he claimed could cure any human distress. He lived in the woods of West Virginia and was doing well until the Food and Drug Administration put a crimp in his operation. Nevertheless, William P. Betz tried the bitters and found they made a decent tonic. Betz sold the bitters, along with a collection of other herbs - like mugwort, tansy, sacred bark and more familiar items like sage, thyme and ginseng - at his store and mill at 2nd and Spring Garden streets in Northern Liberties.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
AS TYEMA SANCHEZ of Northern Liberties got dressed yesterday morning, she carefully considered which purse to carry. Given the recent spate of purse-snatch shootings, she wondered whether she should carry her Louis Vuitton with the short straps. Under the circumstances, maybe a wiser choice was the brown Marshalls knockoff with the long strap that goes across her chest and keeps her hands free. Better yet, perhaps the smartest thing was not to carry a pocketbook at all and instead tuck her money into her bra. Anything's better than toting around what she's begun referring to as a "death ticket.
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