March 25, 2011 |
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.
August 4, 2012 |
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.
June 10, 2011 |
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.
August 21, 2013 |
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.
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
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
October 9, 2012 |
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.
November 2, 1986 |
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.
February 16, 2014 |
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.
December 24, 2012 |
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.