October 23, 2013 |
The Race Street Pier, alongside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge off North Columbus Boulevard, extends into the Delaware River like a woman's slender hand slipping into an elegant opera glove. By day, the pier's landscaped, dual levels of metal, reclaimed plastic, and wood hover beautifully over the waters of the Delaware. By night, lit by more than 200 LED solar light blocks embedded into its paving, the pier is positively haunting. With the new FringeArts building across the boulevard, there couldn't be a more dramatic setting for the wistfully cinematic soundscape that Philadelphia musician Michael Kiley has created for the pier, a popular spot for picnics, weddings, and live concerts since it opened in 2011.
October 7, 2013 |
Early in the morning, as the sun climbs above the horizon, Rosemary Daley marvels at the massive freighters gliding on the Delaware past her balcony. Only when she turns just so and can see Philadelphia's skyscrapers is she reminded that she resides in a cosmopolitan city. After years of living in sprawling houses, Rosemary and husband Stan say their 1,050-square-foot condo at Pier 3 was the perfect strategy for a pair of retired empty nesters. "It's very much like resort living in a culturally rich city," says Rosemary, 66. Trips to the Caribbean and Key West influenced their decision to buy at the waterfront sanctuary.
October 6, 2013 |
In Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall , Alvy Singer, played by Allen, asks sarcastically about a rock concert: "Did it achieve total heaviosity?" As of 2013, Allen could have been asking about Thursday's neo-psychedelia showcase with the Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Festival Pier. The Lips is the noisy soul of heaviosity itself, with a front man - Wayne Coyne - who has become America's huckster of cascading doom-psych, rimmed with trippy hope.
August 14, 2013 |
A Woodbridge, N.J., girl who says she was physically and emotionally scarred when a pole fell on her at an amusement-park ride has filed a lawsuit against Morey's Piers in Wildwood. But the ride's manufacturer - not named in the lawsuit - says the girl's Twitter account seems to suggest she is happy and healthy, contrary to her claims of injury. Gia Mastroserio was 13 when she took a seat in the rear of Morey's Sea Dragon, a ride featuring a large gondola decorated like a pirate ship that swings back and forth until riders are nearly vertical at the top of each arc. Her suit contends that about 9 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2011, part of the tall steel pole at the center of the ride broke off and fell onto the gondola, striking her. She alleges that she suffered "severe and sustained injuries" to her face, hands, and arms and that Morey's was negligent because Chance Rides Inc., maker of the Sea Dragon, had warned amusement parks to remove or inspect the pole because it could collapse.
July 22, 2013 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - A fire, two World Wars, women's lib, a barge accident, and a half-dozen storms threatened to destroy it, but the venerable Ocean City Fishing Club and its fabled pier have stood against the odds, surviving to celebrate the club's 100th anniversary this summer. "It really is a remarkable tradition when you think about it," said Paul H. Keuerleber, 70, of Hatboro and Ocean City, president of the oldest continuously operating fishing club in the nation. The club limits its membership to 190 anglers and only in 2002 began to allow women to join.
July 21, 2013 |
Atlantic City's iconic diving horses won't be there. Shiloh and Amir and all those other audience-thrilling equines have gone to the big Water Tank in the Sky. But one of their warm-up acts, Rich "Cannonball" Carty, will be among those gathering Saturday for a reunion of the Steel Pier's performers, workers, and patrons. "The pier was a part of my life," said Carty, 73, who as a young man would climb into a little car atop a 50-foot high tower, have it plunge down a track, and then do a midair backflip over the water before oohing crowds.
July 19, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 16, 2013: Craig LaBan: In last week's chat, a reader recommended Kidari Sushi Yatai, from Raw's former sushi chef Sam Yoon, the new raw-fish counter on the 1800 block of South Street (across from the old Graduate Hospital). I'd had a so-so visit, so decided to go back and I really enjoyed it - especially this Cy-sashimi don, basically a sashimi salad with ribbons of tuna, yellowtail, and salmon with roe over greens and a bed of rice with gochuchang vinaigrette on the side.
June 21, 2013
* Tonight belongs to foodies as Night Market unfolds at 72nd and Ogontz Avenues, in West Oak Lane, from 6 to 10 p.m. Expect all your Night Market faves, plus WOL exclusives like smoked turkey legs from Relish, Cajun salmon BLTs from Green Soul and Shrimp po'boys from Victoria's Kitchen. Live Motown, R&B and contemporary gospel by local groups. Details at thefoodtrust.org/night-market . * Enjoy a bev and Garces Group picnic-style goodies under the twinkling lights at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop-Up Garden (313 S. Broad St., phsonline.org )
June 20, 2013
A story Tuesday gave an incorrect figure for the projected cost of the Delaware River Trail. The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. estimates the total cost of the section of the trail from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street will be $12 million to $15 million. The estimate for the improvements to the south section from Washington Avenue to Pier 70 Boulevard is $3 million. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
June 4, 2013 |
The Roots spend more time in the 212 than the 215 these days, but the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band still belongs to Philadelphia in the summertime. On Friday, the hip-hop-plus collective led by rapper Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson was at Broad and South Streets for the dedication of a Philadelphia Mural Arts Program mural depicting their progress over two decades. Next month, the band will host its annual Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway.