August 1, 2016 |
On a July day with temperatures in the mid-90s, the breeze rushing through the unfinished 46th floor of the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South provides little relief. No matter. The views on every side are spectacular, to say the least, and make other high-rises near this one at 30th and Walnut Streets - with the exception of the new Comcast tower directly east - look very small. That includes the 33-story Evo apartments next door, which, with Cira Green, the parking garage with a one-acre park on its top - are both completed and in use. All comprise the nearly $700 million Cira Centre South project that is a large part of the eastern gateway to Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
December 11, 2014 |
When it comes to visual impact, it's hard to compete with the glow of the Christmas tree. Now, though, the menorah has backup. Meet the Mensch on a Bench, a jovial little prayer-shawl-and-fedora-wearing fellow named Moshe from some unnamed shtetl (or, perhaps, Williamsburg) to inspire good behavior among the Jewish set. "It's really an opportunity for the Jewish kids to not miss out on fun traditions," said Jon Schwartz of Haddonfield, whose daughter, Josie, age 4½, became acquainted with Moshe last Hanukkah.
April 16, 2014 |
It was a year for beauty. The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes in the arts, announced Monday, included awards for a colossal musical response to nature, a blockbuster novel about art, exquisite poetic architecture, and beautifully told true stories of slaves in the early colonies, Margaret Fuller, and toxic pollution. Novelist Donna Tartt surprised few in winning for fiction with The Goldfinch . Soon after its appearance, it became a reading-circle, not to say cult, favorite. It has history, art (a painting of a finch chained to its perch)
September 7, 2013 |
It's not that life in Cherry Hill was unpleasant or difficult. It's not that the home in which Leon and Fran Bressler Levy reared their three children was in any way inadequate. It's just that they were ready for change. And in 2007, it turned out not just to be a move across a river, but a giant leap from suburban to urban life. When they started a search, two things were certain: They were not going to sacrifice the art collection they had spent years assembling, nor were they ready for a major downsizing.
November 19, 2011 |
We adopted Amelia as a young turkey in 2007 after a local farmer gave her up. She lived in our sanctuary until August, when her legs gave out and we had to call our veterinarian to put her to rest in the yard, surrounded by her friends. Until those last sad days, she hung out with the chickens and ducks, and when people visited, she'd fan out her snow-white tail feathers and stroll with them, never leaving their side. She chose a leafy nesting spot that she hollowed out a little to lay her eggs.
September 9, 2010 |
Nobody puts on a suit and tie anymore to go out to eat, as formal dining continues its quick fade. But Philadelphia's restaurants still have some serious style. Here are eight great destinations, from cutting-edge city hot spots to cool suburban classics, a Paris-style boite, and a parkside perch where the people-watching is as prime as what's on the plate. Adsum This fall's hottest no-reservations table comes courtesy of ex-Lacroix chef Matthew Levin, whose debut as an owner-chef is refining contemporary bistro style in Queen Village with a menu that's both cutting-edge and affordable.
June 20, 2010 |
The man with the hand truck - Ian Brendle, by name - had it tipped back, the better to negotiate the threshold at the eatery called Noble, on Sansom Street west of 20th. If you'd come from a lunch of salt oysters and pickled vegetables at a bar nearby one recent day, and ambled west, you might have encountered that hand truck just before it ducked inside. It was stacked with boxes of local produce, the top one open, showing heaps of strawberries that glistened in the midday sun. Could Ian Brendle - he was from Green Meadow Farm in Lancaster County - spare a strawberry or two?
June 12, 2010
Michelle Brown and Mary Bohi led the Seneca track and field team to a state Group 3 title two years ago, a big achievement. Dubbed "my two horsemen" by Seneca coach Francine Siedlecki, Brown and Bohi this season spearheaded a drive that led to a successful defense of the title, a confirmation that they are for real. Seneca is The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' track and field team of the year. "The key was their desire to repeat," Siedlecki said about Brown, Bohi, and the rest of the team.
May 27, 2010 |
One was an upset. The other was a loss waiting to happen. Between the two, South Jersey lost its defending state champions in the NJSIAA softball tournament in the last seven days. Top-seeded Gloucester City, the Group 1 state champion, bowed, 2-1, to fourth-seeded Pennsville on Tuesday, raising eyebrows throughout the South Jersey softball community. Williamstown, the fourth seed and Group 4 state champ, lost to fifth-seeded Eastern on May 20 in a quarterfinal. Pennsville (15-5)