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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.
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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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April 14, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The pep in Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's step and his wide grin were beguiling. He had just acquired the four-story Pier Shops at Caesars - an underperforming, vacancy-ridden mall that sits nearly empty on most days - and yet he acted like he'd just won the lottery. "Tremendous real estate," he said of his latest canvas that juts out over the ocean. Blatstein is set to plunk down $50 million of his own money - not including the $2.7 million he paid to buy it - to breathe new life into the mall and make it Atlantic City's must-go-to attraction.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein paid a visit to this city Wednesday with his usual swagger as a doer vs. a talker. With more than 30 years as a developer, he boasted, he's done a lot on the other side of the river transforming neighborhoods, such as Northern Liberties, with hip restaurants and new housing behind his company, Tower Investments Inc. Now Blatstein has his sights on a down-on-its-luck, moribund high-end mall -...
SPORTS
March 15, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Running one mile at full speed isn't an easy task. I've done it, and almost vomited upon finishing each time. If you want to take on that sprint challenge - and ratchet up the difficulty level - head to Wildwood for an event simply called Beach Mile, to be held July 18. It's a first-year event. "Running on the beach is not easy. We didn't want to make it something too long that all ages wouldn't come out," said Jason Merola, events specialist at Morey's Piers, which is cosponsoring the race with the Sports Conditioning Institute of Bergan County, N.J. Organizers went back and forth between a half-mile race and full-mile race and settled on a mile so that "it will still appeal to competitive people," Merola said.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
More from Bart Blatstein's Atlantic City adventure: On Tuesday, some tenants of the beleaguered Pier Shops came forward to blast Caesars for challenging whether the Philadelphia businessman has the right to redevelop the half-empty former luxury mall that juts out over the ocean. Blatstein, considered the mastermind behind the revival of Northern Liberties, paid $2.7 million in November to assume the mall's leases and has big plans for the place, but Caesars Atlantic City is withholding its approval.
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's heralded entry into Atlantic City has hit an inconvenient snag: Caesars Atlantic City now claims he is a "rogue occupier" of the Pier Shops, which he wants to redevelop. In an odd series of court filings, Blatstein appears to have become ensnared in a fight with Kevin Ortzman, president of Caesars Atlantic City, which owns the pier, and says Blatstein is trespassing until it says he is not. Blatstein paid $2.7 million late last year for the right to assume the lease for the troubled high-end mall that juts out over the ocean, which he says he wants to transform into an entertainment venue modeled after places in Nashville; Austin, Texas; and Las Vegas.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein said Sunday he and casino architect Paul Steelman had agreed to buy the four-story, 300,000-square-foot, half-empty Caesars Pier shopping center in Atlantic City for a small fraction of its construction cost. A person familiar with the deal said Blatstein and Steelman agreed to pay $2.8 million. That's less than 2 percent of the $200 million-plus that developer Taubman Centers of the Detroit suburbs and other investors plowed into the project in the mid-00s.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILDWOOD - Maybe you've had one of those evenings on the boardwalk when the rides have tired you out so much you just want to lie down right there and have a snooze beneath the glimmering lights and speeding roller coasters. Well now you can, because on Oct. 4, Morey's Piers will host a first-ever outdoor sleepover on the pier. It's called the "Boardwalk Bunk-Down," and beginning at noon that day, campers can bring tents, sleeping bags, and other supplies to Morey's Adventure Pier and set up camp.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
There were several things to be gleaned from Saturday's Radio 104.5 Block Party on Festival Pier. While most have to do with the evolution of its headliner (Grouplove), the might of an up-and-comer (Vance Joy), and the unified synth sound of its other acts (Brick + Mortar, Wolf Gang, Sir Sly), you couldn't ignore the rain. The tween-plus crowd didn't mind getting soaked, especially since the storm broke by late afternoon. As for the newly refurbished, beach-y Festival Pier, the sand-on-asphalt showcase - when rained upon - created a gooey muck that kids loved and adults in suit pants and pricey loafers didn't.
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.
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