July 24, 2016
By Mark Haddon Doubleday. 320 pp. $26.95. Reviewed by Katie Haegele Only two pages into "The Pier Falls," the first and title story in Mark Haddon's first collection of short fiction, the author is already describing, in devastating detail, the events of a pier collapse on the English seaside. The girders underneath, damaged in a storm months earlier, give way and send dozens of vacationers to their deaths in the cold, dark sea. As powerful as the descriptions are, the emotional dislocation remains.
June 21, 2016 |
As lemonade-pink clouds hung over Festival Pier on Saturday, Ray LaMontagne strummed lightly on his guitar, his grainy voice occasionally launching into a folk shout in "Trouble. " Couples of all ages grasped onto each other while LaMontagne sang his nostalgically mournful acoustic set. His early music inspires cathartic thoughts - altogether emotional thoughts - about the one who got away and the one you're falling for now, about broken dreams with glimmers of hope. To experience so much alone would be dauntingly solitary, but listening along with a loved one made for a sweet, sentimental summer night.
June 17, 2016
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Soft-shell crab banh mi 2. Artichoke bisque 3. Saffron arancini with lamb ragu For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Oyster House (1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102) 2. Capital Grille (1338-46 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) 3. Morgan's Pier (221 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19123)
June 5, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Time moves slowly for Anthony Catanoso and his brothers at the famed and historic Steel Pier, a place where all sorts of outlandish ideas eventually do come to fruition, but glacially. So here Catanoso is, his pier's signature Crazy Mouse coaster safely beyond the grasp of lenders who tried to seize it, in typically absurd Atlantic City fashion, sitting at last inside a gondola car of his boldly envisioned $14 million, 227-foot-high Observation Wheel. Alas, the rest of the wheel, fashioned in Italy and shipped earlier this year to New Jersey in 32 containers, is still in various warehouses in Pleasantville and Williamstown.
May 20, 2016 |
IF THE POP-UP of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season. Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations - on South Street near 15th (its third year)
May 20, 2016 |
If the pop-up of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season. Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations - on South Street near 15th (its third year)
April 8, 2016 |
Heading into its fifth year on the western bank of the Delaware River, Morgan's Pier has established itself as one of the most popular fair-weather venues in al fresco-crazed Philadelphia, serving an estimated 150,000 customers during its annual spring-to-fall season. DJ nights, live concerts, and craft beer tastings are de rigueur at the venue, run by Avram Hornik's Four Corners Management. But the food at Morgan's Pier, which opens April 21, has always been executed a little differently.
March 20, 2016 |
The sun was shining. The tide was high. A perfect day to drown some worms, thought Richie and Eddie. So the two old neighbors and fishing pals loaded up the gear and made the short drive from Wolf Street to the shiny new fishing pier - Pier 68 - that juts out into the Delaware behind the South Philly Walmart. It's practically in their backyards. "The Walmart Plateau," Eddie Reich called it, with a bit more panache than you might expect from a man in a camouflage cap with a two-inch fishhook fastened to the bill.
March 10, 2016 |
Piers: Give it up, Kim Cultural analyst Piers Morgan has applauded Kim Kardashian 's skill for cashing in on her bod. But he says her latest nude selfies make her look desperate: After all, the 35-year-old mother of two already is famous. Writing in Britain's Daily Mail, Morgan says he believes Kim's selfies are prompted by jealousy: "Other younger members of her family have been grabbing all the scantily clad attention recently. " So are the 15 minutes of fame earned by Kim's derriere really up?
November 1, 2015 |
Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties have been selected to develop the riverfront property known as Festival Pier, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., the nonprofit group that controls the site, said Friday. The partnership will build about 550 units of housing and 30,000 square feet of retail space as part of a plan that also will include ample public space at the site, near the intersection of Spring Garden Street and Columbus Boulevard-Delaware Avenue, the DRWC said in a statement.