May 22, 2015 |
AN ATTORNEY for a woman who allegedly was raped on New Year's Day inside a Franklintown parking garage is suing the company that owns it, arguing that its security must be improved. The woman, 33, testified in a February preliminary hearing that Steven Woodson, 32, of Pittsburgh, raped her between two cars in the garage at 17th and Callowhill streets about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1. She escaped after running naked in front of a passing car in the garage to get attention. "I knew I had to save my life, my kids, my husband," the woman said, according to court transcripts.
April 30, 2015 |
A Philadelphia man charged in the beating and kidnapping of a Jewelers Row employee this month made his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon. A judge ordered that Khayree Gay, 31, be detained until his trial and appointed a public defender for him. Led into the courtroom in handcuffs, and clad in a green prison jumpsuit, Gay spoke once - to ask for a lawyer. Authorities believe Gay and two other men - who are still at large - kidnapped an employee at the National Watch & Diamond Exchange as she walked to a parking garage at Eighth and Chestnut Streets.
April 24, 2015 |
The Franzone family of Bridgeport and Conshohocken has made it to the third generation in the pizza business, as Charles Franzone III opened a branch of Franzone's Pizzeria at 114 Levering St. in Manayunk (215-508-1050). It's the same deal - thin-crust pies, sweet sauce applied in a spiral - as the original founded by his grandfather in 1955. Unlike most other quickie spots in Manayunk, Franzone's closes at midnight - the building's historical certification does not allow later hours.
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.