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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
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.
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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ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2016 | Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
We're keeping our fingers crossed that the film Brotherly Love takes home the NAACP Image Award Friday night for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. Not only is Overbrook High School the backdrop, but a makeup artist in the film - executive produced by Queen Latifah and starring Keke Palmer - is Northern Liberties' own Shannon Thompson . "I'm excited ... I'm super excited," said Thompson Wednesday morning, hours before she planned to hop on a plane to Los Angeles for the 47th celebration of African American superstardom held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
REAL_ESTATE
February 1, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Center City's walkability and accessible public transit are two major reasons home buyers give for moving there from the suburbs. But how many of those buyers are truly eager to give up their cars? Parking is still important to a home sale or apartment rental in Center City and adjacent neighborhoods, real estate agents and developers say. How important is determined by the price of the home or the monthly rent. "At higher price points - $600,000-plus - that buyer will pay a premium for parking," said Mickey Pascarella, an agent with Keller Williams Real Estate in Center City.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
An investment group has purchased the site of the failed Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School near Northern Liberties, with plans for the parcel that could include housing and retail use. American Investment Partners acquired the 1.5-acre parcel at 910 N. Sixth St. on Jan. 15, according to Andrew Yaffe, the group's president. He would not say how much the group paid. The transaction, about a year after the Palmer school abandoned the property, comes amid a flurry of real estate activity in the West Poplar neighborhood, just west of heavily redeveloped Northern Liberties.
FOOD
January 29, 2016 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Comforts are coming If all goes to plan, next week will bring the opening of Bar Hygge (1720 Fairmount Ave., 215-765-2274), a brewpub by Earth Bread + Brewery's Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver in a partnership with Stew and Julie Keener of Baggataway Tavern in West Conshohocken. Bar Hygge - pronounced "HYOO-guh" and taken from a Danish expression roughly translated as "cozy camaraderie" - is set up for comfort: a spacious wooden bar, plush anteroom, banquette, and high-top seating.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's wireless venture Bamboowifi is showing some kick. Cofounders David Platt and James Gregory, who met as Muay Thai kickboxers, have secured a $15,000 grant in SugarHouse Casino community development funds to install six to eight Wifi hot spots on North Third Street in Northern Liberties. The duo also are talking with officials in Old City about extending the hot spots farther south on Third to Market Street - an area known as N3RD Street, or "nerd street," for its Web development and tech firms.
FOOD
November 13, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Vietnamese BYOB StreetSide , a low-key, budget-priced Vietnamese BYOB at 165 W. Girard Ave. (267-737-9165), across from the liquor store in Northern Liberties, joins a small collection of nearby Viet storefront eateries, including SameSame in Northern Liberties and Stock in Fishtown. Co-owner My Huynh, who grew up in South Philadelphia, has 14 seats on the ground floor. There's seating upstairs for a couple dozen more people. The easy-to-decipher, somewhat politically incorrect menu includes vermicelli bowls, fried spring rolls, rice paper rolls, dumplings, banh mi, baked mussels, edamame topped with "Viet crack" (chili salt)
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | By Claire Sasko, For The Inquirer
The 215 Festival, part urban rave, part pub crawl, part literary fest, part movable dance party, is back this weekend. Except for a 2010-12 hiatus, the quirky gathering has been going since its 2001 founding by writer Neal Pollack. Opening night is on Thursday at Ortlieb's, and it keeps rocking and reading and dancing from there. City librarians can take to the dance floor on Friday night at Bourbon & Branch in Northern Liberties at the Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party ("dance party freakout, 11 p.m. "!
BUSINESS
September 7, 2015
Three thirtysomething guys with mechanical- engineering degrees had well-paying jobs working in nuclear reactors, infant strollers, and the V-22 Osprey. They left them to tinker with bicycles. No small leap of faith, one acknowledged. "There's a saying in the bike business, 'The fastest way to end up with a million dollars is to start with two million,' " said Stephen Ahnert, cofounder of Philadelphia-based Redshift Sports. "It wasn't an easy decision to leave the salaries and stability of our jobs - I vacillated between extreme confidence and wild doubt, literally on an hourly basis.
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Look no further than the blueprints to his Rittenhouse Square mansion to glimpse the appetite and aptitude of Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein. He is building a megahouse, a gravity-defying playground as unconventional as the onetime Northeast Philadelphia rowhouse boy whose brass and vision have made him one of the city's premier wheeler-dealers. What was, for three decades, the vacant McIlhenny Mansion is now a three-story-deep hole that will hold a tennis court, glass-floored balcony and half-court basketball court.
REAL_ESTATE
July 26, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Nino Cutrufello and Marcus Toconita, buddies since their Malvern Prep days in the early 1990s, worked for national builders during the housing-boom years. In 2007, they decided to strike out on their own as Callahan Ward Cos. (their mothers' maiden names) and begin building the upscale housing they saw was in demand in the emerging Philadelphia neighborhoods of Northern Liberties and Fishtown. It was August 2007, to be exact - just as the real estate bubble burst. "We timed the market perfectly," Cutrufello, a Havertown native, said recently, laughing.
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