July 6, 2012 |
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.
July 6, 2012 |
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.
July 2, 2012 |
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!
June 30, 2012 |
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.
June 26, 2012 |
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.
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.
February 13, 2012 |
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.
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.
October 7, 2011 |
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.
December 3, 2010 |
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.