April 5, 2013 |
EVERY DAY for the last 17 years, a desolate stretch of Hope Street has haunted Paulette Smith as she passed high above the North Philadelphia block during her commute to work on the El. It was on that gray, litter-clogged block near Montgomery Avenue where her teenage daughter's battered, lifeless body was found inside an abandoned house in October 1996, two days after a stranger had snatched her off the street only steps away from the safety of...
January 18, 2013 |
Deep under Reading Terminal Market sits a gleaming 600-gallon steel tank connected to the outside world by 100 feet of metal pipe. Every few days, trucks pull up to the dock to fill it with milk from sheep, goats, or cows. Above it, through 18 inches of concrete and amid the bustle of the east side of the market, is a branch of Valley Shepherd Creamery, which opened this week. Unlike most market tenants, which sell products farmed or made elsewhere, Valley Shepherd creates most of its wares on-site.
November 25, 2012 |
For Tom George, 43, a trip to Philadelphia with his family has been a staple of the start of the Christmas season. George now lives in Oakton, Va., but gladly travels the 150-plus miles up I-95 to his childhood home. "We come up for the light show every Christmas," George said. "My dad worked at Wanamakers, so I was actually able to play with the lights in between the shows when I was a kid. " Although the light show at what is now a Macy's has been a Philadelphia institution since its debut in 1955, a more recent holiday exhibition is bringing together generations of families like the Georges.
August 18, 2012 |
TV food host Adam Richman toured the country and sampled 28 sandwiches, and when the smoke cleared, he named DiNic's roast pork, served at the Nicolosi family's stand at Reading Terminal Market, the best in the nation. Week by week, the Wednesday series on Travel Channel, Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America , had been showing off the contenders. A wild card also came from Philly: John's Roast Pork's cheesesteak. (How about a John's and a DiNic's pork sandwich, head-to-head, eh?
July 12, 2012 |
IN A CONTEST over a humble lunch counter in Reading Terminal Market, the U.S. Olympic Committee won't win a gold medal for sprinting. Three decades after it burst from the starting block, the Greek eatery Olympic Gyro has received a cease-and-desist email from the USOC, the nonprofit corporation responsible for training and funding U.S. teams. The June 7 notice demanded deletion of the word "Olympic" from the food shop's title, claiming copyright of the word under a 1978 law. Congress granted the USOC all commercial use of Olympic imagery and terminology in the nation, including the word "Olympic" and the symbol of five interlocked rings.
June 15, 2012 |
They once seemed like original equipment, perpetual-motion machines, but a few of the iron men at the Reading Terminal Market have made their exits of late. You stay open 120 years, there's going to be turnover. First, Harry Ochs, the inimitable butcher, passed on. He used to hold court off center court, breaking down sides of beef. You can still see the old meat hooks. A few months ago, it was Domenic Spataro's turn. The man made it to 94, coming to work every day, presiding over the last hurrah of the chopped-egg-and-olive sandwich, living proof that, as his lunch-counter sign once promised, "Drink buttermilk and live forever.
May 4, 2012 |
Valley Shepherd's Eran Wajswol has blasted out the side of a North Jersey hilltop with dynamite in his quest to make the ultimate cave-aged cheese. So how hard can it be to bring a steady milk supply into the Reading Terminal Market, where he plans to begin making cheese this summer? "It's a nightmare," he says, the remnants of his Israeli-Belgian accent lilting with enough drama to make clear he's also thrilled by the challenge. "To do this in a 120-year-old building, to drill a 15-foot double pipeline through the wall into our milk tank in the basement — it's like making the Holland Tunnel.
March 21, 2012 |
The chicken fryers are cold and the signs are dark at Delilah's, the signature soul-food stands at Reading Terminal Market since 1984 and at 30th Street Station since 1993. The stands are closed, apparently as a result of a bankruptcy case in New Jersey, where founder Delilah Winder lives and bases her business. Winder did not return messages left at her office and on her cell phone Tuesday. Her attorneys indicate in court filings that her rents had been paid through March.
February 8, 2012 |
KOBE BRYANT drowned his sorrows at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden) Monday night, after his hometown loss to the Sixers. The newly single, Lower Merion-raised Lakers superstar dropped by the gentleman's club about 1 a.m. Tuesday with a few friends and was joined a little later by teammate Andrew Bynum, who had just dined at Del Frisco's (15th & Chestnut). Rick's return? Rick Olivieri wants to bring Rick's Steaks back to the Reading Terminal Market.
February 1, 2012 |
Domenic C. Spataro, 94, of Buckingham, Bucks County, patriarch of Spataro's, a decades-old sandwich shop at Reading Terminal Market, died Thursday, Jan. 26, of congestive heart failure at Doylestown Hospital. "He epitomized our independent merchant community," Paul Steinke, general manager of the market, said Tuesday. "He became a legend in longevity, having worked in the market since 1930. " Steinke recalled that "occasionally someone comes to our office and says, 'My great-grandfather had some kind of store here . . . and I'm trying to figure out where it was.' "And I would march them down to Mr. Spataro, and almost to the end he would know who they were, where their stand was located, and approximately when they were here.