May 8, 2015 |
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.
May 4, 2015 |
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.
May 3, 2015 |
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
April 30, 2015 |
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.
April 19, 2015 |
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.
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.
April 3, 2015 |
A new heritage Heritage , a rustic combination of bar, restaurant, and jazz/funk venue, and arguably the boldest restaurant project ever in Northern Liberties, opened this week at 914-22 N. Second St. (215-627-7500), across from Cescaphe Ballroom. Owners Jason Evenchik and Terry Leach (Time, Bar, Vintage, Growlers, Garage) have completely redone the workaday building that housed Feast Your Eyes catering. Wide-open, warehouselike interior, reminiscent of the new La Colombe in Fishtown, has greenery everywhere: ringing the ceiling, behind the bar, and outside on the roof, as well as in a side garden that will have seating.
March 27, 2015 |
IN THE HEART of lower North Philadelphia, amid weeded lots, graffitied walls and mammoth abandoned warehouses, Tim Patton is betting on a renaissance. Patton and business partner Christina Burris last year opened Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. inside an old warehouse on 5th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. By the end of the year, they plan to open a brewpub there, anticipating that new development - and the young, hip residents who often come with it - will seep east from Temple University, north from Northern Liberties and west from Fishtown.
March 20, 2015 |
THIS IS A "BUYER BEWARE" story that sounds made-up. I mean, who'd believe that buying a new house would lead to robbery and extortion? Yet there was Jordan Hyatt, driving through the city in the dead of night, taking text-message instructions from a contractor who'd robbed Hyatt and his wife. He'd return their stuff if they paid him $300. "It was surreal," says Hyatt, 34, a senior researcher in Penn's criminology department. Hyatt and his wife, Lindsay Wilde, 33, a physician, bought their just-built house in March 2012.
March 20, 2015 |
ANN DOUGHERTY used to say she felt like Cyrano, the fictional character who wrote love letters for a fellow soldier in the famous French play by Edmond Rostand. Ann did the same for a number of male patrons of the Free Library's Rodriguez branch, including a Spanish-speaking man who wanted to woo an English-speaking woman. Ann helped him write the love letter, and the man got his first date. Alas, Ann never found out if the romance lasted. Ann was a librarian, but nothing like the librarians usually thought of as dowdy spinsters in dim rooms reeking of the dusty volumes of forgotten lore.