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February 6, 2009 | By Jeff Hurvitz
For four decades, Philadelphia's original nucleus has been relegated to a petri dish, watching and waiting while other areas of the city thrived. Now, with the naming of a new committee to head development of the waterfront, it may be able to reattach itself to its offspring neighborhoods and make downtown Philadelphia whole - and better. Last week, Mayor Nutter replaced the Penn's Landing Corp. with a new body known as the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. More than a name change, the move means a more expansive mentality and a transparency that had been lacking.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1999 | By Susan Warner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ryan Blatstein's dad let him skip school and brought the 14-year-old to work. Work? Let's just take a look at Dad's workplace. First, there's the laser-tag arena. Then there's the new Sega Gameworks Studio arcade Dad is building. Across the street, he's putting in a fun park called Extreme Philadelphia, with miniature golf, batting cages, a driving range and go-cart racing. And if Ryan is a little sleepy on this day, it's because Dad dragged him to the midnight showing of the new Star Wars movie last night at his 17-screen multiplex.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Learn the history of soda pop at the sixth annual Philly Phyzz Phest at the Physick House, a celebration Saturday honoring the life of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, inventor of the carbonated soft drink. From 1 to 5 p.m. discover what makes soda pop by conducting "phyzzical science" experiments. Play colonial games, sing "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Physick, and enjoy cake and homemade ice cream. Dr. Physick's Black Cherry Soda, brewed from the original recipe by Del Connor, will be available for purchase.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1986 | By MARY FLANNERY, Daily News Staff Writer
Frequently, City Councilman Leland M. Beloff would discuss pending legislation with his wife. After all, Diane Beloff is a Democratic division committeewoman in Ward 39B, where her husband is the ward leader. She's savvy to the give-and-take of politics, and enchanted by both the political process and her politician husband. But there was one development project in the city's First District, which Lee Beloff represents, that especially intrigued Diane Beloff. "I used to be real excited about the waterfront project," she said, breaking into loud, wry laughter.
BUSINESS
August 29, 1988 | By Gary Cohn, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two new waterfront projects got big boosts last week. The developments are Asbell & Associates' Portside, a four-pier, $120 million condominium complex to be built south of Penn's Landing, and Radnor Corp.'s $30 million townhouse condominium project to be built north of Penn's Landing. Last Monday, Asbell began demolition work at Pier 30, one of the piers where Portside will be built. The pier, once used for shipping, has housed indoor tennis courts since the 1970s. And on Wednesday, Radnor Corp.
NEWS
February 28, 2007 | JOSEPH KACZMAREK/Daily News
McDONALD'S $1,000 scholarship recipient Odelia McFadden (standing), an Olney BMC High School senior, is applauded by her mother, Frances McFadden (right), at RMHC/African American Future Achievers fete last night at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing.
NEWS
June 26, 2008
For years, Philadelphia has been playing Let's Make a Deal when it comes to development. But not with the stunning, 21st-century design for the Delaware River waterfront that's been handed to Mayor Nutter. Tonight, Nutter has a chance to give that plan a bear hug - and to signal his support for the first concrete moves needed to implement some very good ideas to reshape the waterfront. The mayor will join a crowd of hundreds at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn's Landing for a briefing.
NEWS
February 8, 2009
The timing was perfect for the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia's decision Thursday to put a seven-mile stretch of the waterfront on its list of endangered historical sites. Shining another harsh spotlight on the city's traffic-clogged, poorly utilized and partially decaying Delaware River expanse is just what's needed now as a new waterfront development agency launched by Mayor Nutter prepares to set sail. Nutter's move, announced a week earlier, heralded the end of an era - and good riddance.
NEWS
October 21, 2001 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Missy Donovan, her parents, and her two preschool-age boys were the only visitors for much of an hour yesterday morning at the new USS Olympia exhibit on Penn's Landing. All the easier for the boys to be amazed at the material meant to evoke life aboard the famed cruiser at the end of the 19th century. "We came here this summer and the guys really loved it," Donovan, 37, of Haddonfield, said of the boys' last visit to the Independence Seaport Museum. "They like ships.
NEWS
November 13, 2001
To realize the dream of linked waterfront development in Camden and Philadelphia is to be able to make with a straight face the following marketing pitch: "Two cities, one exciting waterfront. " The two sides of the river are linked by bridges, a commuter rail line and a ferry. Now, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) is betting $32 million on the most spectacular link of all - a high-riding, cross-river tram. Right now, the project the DRPA has begun building could be dubbed by skeptics as "The Tram to Nowhere.
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NEWS
July 6, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found floating in the Delaware River off Penn's Landing. A marine unit pulled the body from the water just before noon near the Independence Seaport Museum, officials said. The woman is an Asian who appears to be in her early 20s, police said. She had no identification and there were no signs of visible trauma. The body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in University City for an autopsy to determine the woman's cause of death.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Learn the history of soda pop at the sixth annual Philly Phyzz Phest at the Physick House, a celebration Saturday honoring the life of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, inventor of the carbonated soft drink. From 1 to 5 p.m. discover what makes soda pop by conducting "phyzzical science" experiments. Play colonial games, sing "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Physick, and enjoy cake and homemade ice cream. Dr. Physick's Black Cherry Soda, brewed from the original recipe by Del Connor, will be available for purchase.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a scorcher of a day, the hardest thing at the Taste of Philadelphia food festival was to keep the ice in ice cream. A team of 400 volunteers executed a precision plan that mapped out the move of chocolate and vanilla from refrigerated truck to standing dry-ice freezer to table to cup to outstretched hand. Yasu Nagi, of Center City, downed 15 scoops in an hour. "It's hot, but that's great for eating ice cream," said Nagi, 31. Nagi, who is originally from Japan, was among the crowds of people who came out to Penn's Landing on Saturday to sample the sweet and the savory at the annual Taste of Philadelphia food festival, part of the 10-day Wawa Welcome America!
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2012 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
Nobody gives a birthday party for the USA like Philadelphia, and for Uncle Sam's 236th, Wawa Welcome America! has a glorious celebration planned with fireworks, concerts, lots of food, and children's activities. On Friday morning, the Go 4th and Learn series is at the Philadelphia Zoo. From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be all sorts of hands-on activities throughout America's first zoo, particularly with rare and endangered species such as lemurs from Madagascar, mole rats, and tree kangaroos.
NEWS
June 26, 2012 | By Dara McBride, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alan Krawitz is spending Monday and Tuesday stocking up on bread and cheese - 500 to 700 loaves of bread and about 100 pounds of cheese. Krawitz, owner of Say Cheese Philadelphia, a food truck specializing in grilled cheese, is preparing for his first year at Taste of Philadelphia, held Friday through Sunday at Penn's Landing as part of the 10-day Wawa Welcome America celebration that begins Monday. "Because of the scope and the number of Philadelphians present, you really need to put your best foot forward," said Krawitz, who plans on serving barbecue grilled chicken cheese and a Gruyere grilled cheese with caramelized onions.
NEWS
March 15, 2012
A dramatic vision for a transformed Delaware River waterfront will take decades to realize, but the all-important cornerstone for the vision has been cemented in place. The city Planning Commission's approval of a new master plan for a six-mile stretch along the central Delaware was five years in the making. The effort reaches back to the tenure of former Mayor John F. Street, and taps into ideas offered by thousands of Philadelphians. Embraced long ago by Mayor Nutter, the master plan envisions reconnecting Philadelphia to a waterfront that's been cut off by decades of now-dormant industrial activity, both north and south of Penn's Landing.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
President Obama's new budget, to be submitted to Congress Monday, includes $31 million for continued deepening of the Delaware River navigation channel, two members of Congress said Sunday night. Supporters say deepening the 102-mile channel by five feet will allow bigger ships - and greater commerce - between Philadelphia and Camden and the Atlantic Ocean. Pennsylvania Sen. Robert P. Casey and Rep. Robert A. Brady, both Democrats, said they had learned of the decision, which was to be made public Monday.
NEWS
January 5, 2012
The body of a man who apparently froze to death overnight was found Wednesday morning at Penn's Landing, police said. The body was found about 8:45 on the edge of a park south of the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. Officers at the scene said the body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for a postmortem examination. A spokesman for the city Health Department said he had no additional information Wednesday night. The overnight low was 14 degrees at Philadelphia International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
NEWS
October 7, 2011 | Staff Report
The Race Street Connector is officially open, providing a brightly illuminated path from Old City to the waterfront, and easy access to an area many pedestrians and bicyclists once feared to tread. It's only a short walk from 2nd and Race Streets in Old City, where the connector starts, to Columbus Boulevard and the waterfront, where it ends. But many shunned the trek, which included passing through three poorly lit viaducts that crossed under I-95. Now, the connector boasts new lighting, landscaping and a bike path along the entire length of the viaducts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2010 | By ASHLEY HUBER, hubera@phillynews.com 215-854-5762
After completing its 3,400-mile trek from Moline, Ill., down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and then up the eastern seaboard, The Philadelphia Belle is now docked at its new home at Pier 3 on the Delaware River. The 262-foot, four-deck paddlewheel-style riverboat, christened yesterday, is the largest vessel of its kind on the East Coast. "I wanted the boat to be a 'wow,' " said Tom D'Amato, vice president and general manager of The Philadelphia Belle. "This is a gem for the city.
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