December 20, 2014 |
A France-based company that operates observation decks in Paris, Berlin, and Chicago plans to open a viewing spot on the 57th floor of the 61-story One Liberty Place. Montparnasse 56 said the attraction - its second in the United States - is scheduled to debut in the summer. Mayor Nutter welcomed the project, saying in a statement: "We are a destination rich in history, culture and the arts. From the most historic square mile in the country to the expansive collection of art housed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the new observation deck by Montparnasse 56 will offer visitors a chance to see our changing skyline and tourism assets.
October 9, 2011 |
A great deal has been made about Jimmy Rollins' tweet in which he said the fans at Citizens Bank Park Bank were too quiet. I love Jimmy Rollins. I love him as a player (as good a combined hitting and fielding shortstop as there is in the National League) and love him as a person (deeply involved in helping kids). Jimmy campaigned with me in 2008 for President Obama. He was a very effective speaker, because of his honesty - he acknowledged that he hadn't voted before, but was inspired to get involved by then-Sen.
August 4, 2007
A PRIVATE organization will request approval on Sept. 6 of the Lower Providence board of supervisors to commercialize a portion of Valley Forge National Park. The pretense is to build a Revolutionary War museum. But it will occupy only 12 percent of the million-plus-square-foot facility. Most of the structure will contain offices, a bank, a five-story conference center, a hotel, an auditorium for live performances, restaurants and a tavern, retail stores and a 65-foot observation deck.
May 25, 2007 |
Through ignorance, apathy and neglect, Philadelphia has demolished most of the house in which George Washington and John Adams learned to run the world's first modern democracy. Now, we're on the verge of obliterating from view the little that remains of the storied mansion where the Father of Our Country both nurtured a nation and enslaved nine individuals. Is there any other country in the world so eager to bury the physical evidence of its birth? All that survives of the President's House at Sixth and Market Streets are its 18th-century foundations, discovered during an archaeological dig that began in March.
October 26, 2005
It wasn't a surprise when federal fraud and bribery charges were announced yesterday against Philadelphia City Councilman Rick Mariano. After all, he had signaled his imminent indictment last week during a City Hall incident that some thought to be a suicide attempt. Knowing something bad is about to happen, though, doesn't make it any more pleasant when it does. Being warned that a councilman will become the next defendant in an ongoing investigation of City Hall corruption doesn't make it easier to swallow.
October 23, 2005 |
It's been 18 years since City Hall's tower was the tallest spot in Philadelphia, but the view is still impressive enough to attract 30,000 people annually. The 360-degree vista from the 484-foot-high observation deck below the iconic Alexander Milne Calder sculpture of William Penn is arguably still the best way the average citizen can see the region. And it's free, open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. When construction began in 1871, City Hall was designed to be the tallest structure in the world.
October 21, 2005 |
With a federal corruption probe closing in on him, City Councilman Rick Mariano climbed to the base of the William Penn statue atop City Hall yesterday afternoon, and came down after emergency vehicles responded to a possible suicide attempt. But at a news conference last night, authorities said that Mariano had never been in danger because the observation deck at the base - about 500 feet above the ground - is encased in protective Plexiglas. Both Mayor Street and Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said they did not believe that Mariano, who expects to be indicted next week, had been suicidal.
August 1, 2004 |
Judging from its name, the Garden Grille at the Brick Hotel might be mistaken for one of those nondescript restaurants found behind a screen of palm trees off a hotel lobby. Add brunch to the equation, and you might envision chefs in towering white hats looking bored as they stand at an omelette or meat-carving station. OK, maybe it's just me. However, part of the delight of The Brick, as locals call it, is not knowing what to expect. I tried the Sunday brunch, partly because it was a good excuse to sample the kitchen's skills in all the culinary genres - from big salads to pastries - without having to camp out in the dining room on a Saturday night.
June 24, 2004
If Clinton had quit It amazes me that the so-obvious Bill Clinton blunder is ignored by him and his sycophants such as Dan Rather. Had he done the honorable thing and resigned as impeachment became inevitable, just look at what would have occurred, all for the good of the Democrats. Whether the impeachment should have taken place is of little moment; the opportunity to benefit his party was of utmost significance. But it was ignored for his own glorification. Resigning would have brought some much-needed respectability to the Democrats.
June 19, 2004
Comcast Corp. and Liberty Property Trust have set their sights on a headquarters tower for the cable giant that will send the Center City Philadelphia skyline to new heights. Wouldn't it be great if they shared the view with the rest of us? One thing the city sorely lacks, many visitors say, is a high perch from which to survey its wonders. (The view from City Hall tower, and the capacity of the elevator that reaches it, are limited.) An observation deck would make Comcast chief Brian L. Roberts' new corporate home even more of a signature building.