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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
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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BUSINESS
January 17, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer Bart Blatstein and caterer Joseph Volpe say they have signed a contract with Exelon Corp. to buy the former Delaware Station electric plant on the Delaware River in the city's Fishtown section. The property has a 1,000-foot stretch of waterfront and includes a pier. "We envision two boutique hotels, each leading into their own ballrooms with 55-foot-high ceilings," said Volpe, owner of Cescaphe Event Group, which organizes 600 wedding receptions a year at its five Philadelphia venues.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could a Thai kickboxing gym on Spring Garden Street be the city's next telecom incubator? The tattooed Muay Thai combatants James Gregory and David Platt think so. During one battering workout this spring, Gregory, 35, and Platt, 43, decided to execute on Platt's plan for a pay-to-use WiFi network in gentrifying Philadelphia neighborhoods that would offer an alternative to Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Platt, a network engineer, envisioned a "mesh" of WiFi access points through which people would access the Internet in homes and other places in the neighborhood for $30 a month.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fallout from the abrupt closing of the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School is spreading. Teachers say they fear they won't be paid for working in December. And amid rumors that the charter's flagship building in Northern Liberties would be liquidated to pay creditors, several teachers decided to retrieve personal items Monday - but were initially thwarted by security. Frustrated parents held a protest. "It's unfair to receive notification over the weekend that the school will be closed," said Jihan Pauling, a parent who organized a rally outside the charter's main campus.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have released video of an assault last month in which a teenager was knocked unconscious with a broken jaw. Police are offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The attack happened about 12:45 a.m. Nov. 16 in Northern Liberties. Police said a 17-year-old was outside a friend's house on the 900 block of North Fourth Street, waiting for someone to pick him up, when three unknown men attacked him. On the video released by police, the victim can be seen walking down the street when he is approached by three men. One of the men punches the teenager, knocking him back.
SPORTS
November 11, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BERNARD HOPKINS envisions himself fighting at 50. His ideal event would take place in March or April, within a few months of his looming Jan. 15 birthday. It would be held in Atlantic City, New York City or perhaps even at home in Philadelphia. It would pit him against a recognizable, well-respected fighter, someone who's "wiping everybody out. " And most importantly for Hopkins, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, it would be a celebration of his unprecedented professional boxing career.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Dennis Hewlett has long been a fan of the French New Wave - La Nouvelle Vague - the generation of filmmakers whose iconoclastic works, often experimental and realist, revolutionized modern cinema. Brigitte Bardot was not so much a Nouvelle Vague star even though she collaborated with Jean-Luc Goddard on Contempt ( Le Mépris ). She was more pop-culture bombshell than counterculture artiste . But Hewlett, who says the New Wave's "radical sense of change . . . has been my rule book" when it came to creating his new Bardot Cafe, can be forgiven for invoking the starlet's name.
FOOD
October 31, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Another day, it seems, another "better-burger" shop. New in the frying pan is Grub Burger Bar, a rising chain out of College Station, Texas. Its first area location opened recently at 159 York Rd. in Willow Grove (215-800-0699), next to a Wawa and an outpost of Zoës Kitchen in a new development at York and Easton Roads. (A Montgomery Mall location is on tap for mid-2015.) Grub works the high-ceiling, industrial-look atmosphere. It is fast-casual - that is, order at the counter and find seating, or get the order to go. You can also sit and eat at the full bar, whose signature frozen drinks include a $4 margarita and shakes.
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.
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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.
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