April 15, 2015 |
About 30 minutes before the abduction of a worker from a store on Jewelers Row, video surveillance shows, one of the alleged perpetrators entered the store and had a conversation with the woman whom authorities said he would later torture. New details emerged Monday as officials announced that the reward was increased to $20,000 for tips leading to the capture of at least two additional suspects in the April 4 ordeal that left the 53-year-old woman with broken ribs and a concussion.
April 8, 2015 |
AN ACT of senseless violence has tarnished Jewelers Row. Vendors in the tight-knit section of Center City were aghast at the news that one of their own, a 53-year-old employee of the National Watch & Diamond Exchange, was kidnapped and brutalized by three bandits Saturday. "It's a shock; it's horrible," said Tony Piloyan, owner of 8th Street Gold and Diamond Buyers, a few doors away from where the victim works, on 8th Street near Chestnut. "She's never without a smile," Piloyan said of the victim, who police said was home last night after being treated at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for a concussion, eye hematoma and bruises.
February 6, 2015 |
A 33-YEAR-OLD woman broke down on the witness stand Thursday as she recounted a vicious sexual assault allegedly committed by a Pittsburgh man in a Franklintown parking garage on New Year's Day. "I felt hands around my neck like a noose, and I remember begging him not to kill me because I have two small children," the woman testified. She pointed to Steven Woodson, 32, her alleged assailant, who sat at the defendant's table during a preliminary hearing after which he was ordered held for trial.
January 10, 2015 |
With a counter and seven booths stuffed into a corner of a parking garage, Little Pete's dimensions live up to its name as much as its compact cofounder and namesake, Peter Koutroubas. Measured, however, by the reaction to reports of its imminent demise, Little Pete's is surprisingly big. After Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced legislation last fall to clear the way for a boutique hotel on Little Pete's Center City corner - presaging the all-night diner's doom - the blog Philebrity started a #SaveLittlePetes campaign on Twitter while panicked customers peppered Koutroubas' brother John with questions.
January 5, 2015 |
THE SCENE was chilling: A woman stepped off a parking-garage elevator alone, and almost immediately felt a man's hand clamp down over her mouth. He told her he wanted money, police said, but then choked her unconscious. She awoke on the ground, between two parked cars, with the man on top of her, barking orders to remove her iPhone battery. Then came a barrage of fists to her head, more choking, and then the rape. Amazingly, the 33-year-old woman survived the horrifying assault that unfolded about 10:30 a.m. Thursday on the second floor of a parking garage on Callowhill Street near 17th, a stone's throw from the Community College of Philadelphia in Franklintown.
December 8, 2014 |
Center City's grimy alleys are the equivalent of Philadelphia's attic, stuffed with forgotten architectural treasures. And there may be no richer trove than the stretch that runs behind the former Lits Bros. department store. There's now a parking garage at one end and a prison at the other, but with your eyes half-closed, the alley almost suggests a canal in Venice, canopied by its own moody Bridge of Sighs. Designed in 1912 by Castor & Stearns, the Renaissance-style arch is tightly notched into the narrow opening between Lits' back wall and Arch Street's Cast Iron building, connecting their second and third floors.
March 29, 2014 |
Philadelphia spent the last decade working out a single, knotty planning problem: How should the old industrial spaces on the Delaware waterfront evolve? The consensus was that vacant land would be developed to resemble the rest of the city, with walkable streets, a mix of uses, and lively ground floors. No one was naive enough to think such projects could be realized without parking garages, but the expectation was that the structures would not dominate the river. It's a shame the conversation was never extended to the city's other riverfront, the Schuylkill, which has come alive since a trail park pushed into Center City.
February 10, 2014 |
Christopher Aiello broke into tears - again - when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death from a Center City parking garage, stunning her family, friends, and campus community. The call came from a friend, who in an eerie coincidence, knew Holleran's father. Aiello lost his own daughter, Paige, the same way nine months earlier. Tennis team captain and an A student at the College of New Jersey, she was weeks shy of graduation and had been accepted to nine law schools when her body was recovered from the Hudson River.
January 22, 2014 |
On her social media accounts, Madison Holleran presented herself as a happy 19-year-old freshman at the University of Pennsylvania and member of the varsity track-and-field team. The North Jersey native's last photograph on Instagram was a twilight scene of holiday lights still twinkling in the trees of Rittenhouse Square. She liked sharing pretty images of sunsets and sunrises, so there was nothing outwardly unusual about her post. An hour later on Friday, police said, she jumped from the roof of a nearby parking garage.
December 6, 2013 |
Seven restaurants in LOVE Park? That was the vision that Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke unfurled on Wednesday. He would pay for long-overdue upgrades to John F. Kennedy Plaza by leasing the rights to create 26,000 square feet of restaurant space in the iconic but aging park. Drawings Clarke's office commissioned show seven restaurant spaces - both open-air and enclosed - along all four sides of the park, along with a new stage for concerts and public events on the Arch Street side.