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May 19, 2000 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia's bustling waterfront, where throngs of revelers dance, drink and dine nightly on piers older than their ancestors: Are the piers safe? The question got a tragic answer last night when the end of Pier 34 collapsed into the Delaware River, killing at least three people and injuring scores of others. The age of the pier could not be determined last night, but the stretch of the Delaware where it is situated was a bustling seaport through the time of World War II. James Cuorato, executive vice president of the Penn's Landing Corp.
NEWS
June 17, 1991 | MICHAEL MERCANTI/ DAILY NEWS
Mix 750 tons of trucked-in sand, the world's best professional beach volleyball players and $65,000 in prize money on a hot Philadelphia Saturday and Sunday, and you get the Miller Lite Open on Pier 42 North by the Delaware River - those of you who didn't go to the shore and play some version of the game yourselves. Twenty-six two-person teams, including two local ones chosen in a qualifying tournament last weekend at the Jersey shore, and top 1990 pro money-winners Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, spiked, dinked and konged before a gallery of appropriately attired fans.
REAL_ESTATE
September 7, 1986 | By Gene Austin, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
If real estate developers have their way, Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront and some unused piers in the Penn's Landing area will become a thriving community of homes, offices, stores, restaurants and entertainment facilities. For the moment, however, one formerly broken-down pier stands out as a pace-setter. Pier 3, on Delaware Avenue between Market and Arch Streets, is no longer a plan or a dream - it sparkles with new paint, freshly cleaned bricks and tiers of upscale apartments.
NEWS
May 27, 2000 | by Dana DiFilippo, Daily News Staff Writer
Details on last week's deadly collapse of Pier 34 and the nightclub Heat will remain an official secret for now. The mayor's office agreed yesterday to withhold investigators' findings until a special grand jury decides the fate of pier owner Michael Asbell and club owner Eli Karetny. Three women died and more than 30 people were injured May 18 when the pier plunged into the Delaware River, taking part of the new, open-air club with it. The collapse came just two days after divers, hired by the Columbus Avenue club to check a newly sprouted, widening crack near its entrance, inspected the pier and declared it unstable.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By MARILYN JORDAN TAYLOR
A one-acre pier-park opening on the Delaware last week might not sound like a big deal, but it packs a wallop for changing our Central Delaware Riverfront from an overlooked backwater into the front door to our city and region. The pier, formerly a commercial shipping berth that recently served as a parking lot, is an early project in our effort to develop the Central Delaware into a welcoming urban place with continuous connections to the city's renowned, dense, walkable downtown.
NEWS
July 3, 2007
RE THE PIER 34/Karetny and Asbell sentencing matter: Imagine an average person trying to feed three or four children on a just-get-by job. At tax time, he adds a fictitious dependent, doesn't report a capital gain, takes a phony deduction. (And don't let this person be a female single parent: Here comes welfare fraud.) Crime is like a child. Starts off small, then grows. White-collar crimes, lots of times considered lesser crimes, are committed out of greed, yet they take premeditation.
NEWS
January 27, 1989 | By Robert McSherry and Mack Reed, Special to The Inquirer
An oil-laden barge hit a pier Wednesday at the Port of Wilmington, causing the pier to collapse about 20 hours later and spill about 10,000 gallons of oil into the Christina and Delaware Rivers, authorities said yesterday. Coast Guard officers said that about 300 gallons of toxic gasoline additives also leaked into the rivers about 10 p.m. Wednesday as the pier on the Christina River sank, rupturing pipes used to convey petroleum products from barges to land-based storage tanks.
NEWS
May 3, 1989 | By Jonathan Sidener, Special to The Inquirer
A Delanco warehousing firm, Distributec Inc., faces strong local opposition to its plans to build what would become Burlington County's only deepwater pier. More than 100 township residents jammed the township hall for a public hearing on the proposal held by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on April 25. Residents filled all the seats and aisles; others were left standing outside, prompting officials to interrupt the meeting and relocate it to the Walnut Avenue School.
NEWS
August 6, 1987 | By KIT KONOLIGE, Daily News Staff Writer
Before even one boatload of city incinerator ash could be shipped to Panama as planned, a temporary restraining order has halted the stream of some 35 trucks per day that has been bringing the controversial black residue to a shipping pier at Delaware Avenue and Reed Street. Yesterday's order by Common Pleas Judge Nelson Diaz means the city will go back to piling up the ash at the Northwest Incinerator in Roxborough, a practice it stopped recently after years of protests by neighbors.
NEWS
August 6, 1987 | By KIT KONOLIGE, Daily News Staff Writer
Before even one boatload of city incinerator ash could be shipped to Panama as planned, a temporary restraining order has halted the stream of some 35 trucks per day that has been bringing the controversial black residue to a shipping pier at Delaware Avenue and Reed Street. Yesterday's order by Common Pleas Judge Nelson Diaz means the city will go back to piling up the ash at the Northwest Incinerator in Roxborough, a practice it stopped recently after years of protests by neighbors.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Some of us Philadelphians are getting old. G. Love & Special Sauce - this city's prime instigators of blues-inflected hip-hop - are heading a bill at Festival Pier on Saturday night. But can it be that the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first self-titled album? Could it be that Garrett "G. Love" Dutton's son Aidan turned 13 on the day of this interview? "Everyone's good," says Dutton, celebrating his son's birthday on Martha's Vineyard, coinciding with acoustic gigs the twosome perform at beach-town clubs.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The first 911 caller about swimmers screaming for help described his location as "the shore . . . out here by the boardwalk. " Another narrowed it down to "at the Ocean City New Jersey Shore, and there are people drowning. " The location of the after-hours swimmers on Sunday evening, June 29 - including 14-year-old Corinthian Hammond of Philadelphia, who drowned, while 14 others were eventually rescued - was clear to anyone familiar with Ocean City: the busy Ninth Street beach just below the Music Pier.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pier 68, a 400-foot-long slab of crumbling concrete and overgrown weeds, juts into the Delaware River from a shopping center parking lot off Christopher Columbus Boulevard. The fence surrounding it is looped with barbed wire. Several signs read, "Danger: Do not trespass. " On Thursday, Mayor Nutter and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. (DRWC) announced that by the summer of 2015, this forbidden space is to be transformed into a manicured park. "This park will supply green space in a section of the city that really needs it," Nutter said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
On a balmy Friday, Wired 96.5 held its electro-hop-and-house-focused Wired Fest with DJ/producers Calvin Harris and Diplo at Festival Pier. On a totally made-over Festival Pier (see below) Wired Fest gave the sellout audience light-boxes and pop/house/heavy sounds. It was sensory overload - and a big hit, judging from the pleased faces and sand-dancing efforts. Harris, a star in the electro-dance firmament since 2000, didn't break big until 2012's platinum-plus 18 Months . Most of his set was from that album: It was a beat-banging mix of pings and boings between pop smashes like "Sweet Nothing" and "I Need Your Love.
TRAVEL
March 24, 2014 | By John Santoro, For The Inquirer
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - When grad school at U.C. Berkeley pulled me from my East Coast roots, I experienced my first winter without snow - oh, yeah. Family and friends visited so often I had to devise my own little tour to make sure they were well-entertained. But as impressed as they were by the Bay Area, they often said that this was not what they had in mind when they dreamed of the West Coast. I really didn't have a handle on what they were saying until my brother-in-law, who lives and works on France's Cote d'Azur, showed me. I was showing him websites about California when we stumbled on the movie poster for The Endless Summer - the one with the surfers silhouetted against the setting sun. He couldn't manage the English, but he did blurt out "C'est California!"
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Piers Wedgwood, 59, of Chestnut Hill, a British lord and a fifth-generation great-grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, creator of the distinctive blue-and-white pottery that embellishes tea tables and china collections, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Lord Wedgwood devoted his life to keeping alive regard for his family's ceramic and decorative arts. During a career spanning four decades, he traveled thousands of miles as Josiah Wedgwood & Sons' international ambassador.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Piers Wedgwood, 59, of Chestnut Hill, a British lord and fifth-generation great-grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, creator of the distinctive blue and white pottery that embellishes tea tables and china collections, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Lord Wedgwood devoted his life to keeping alive regard for his family's ceramic and decorative arts. During a career spanning four decades, he traveled thousands of miles as Wedgwood's international ambassador.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
October 7, 2013 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
October 6, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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