November 16, 2014 |
They glided and danced and skidded and fell. Some clung to the rink wall, shimmying carefully along. Others watched and waved from cold metal seats. Only one left on a stretcher. At a noon ceremony Friday, a shimmering new ice rink welcomed hundreds of skaters to Dilworth Park on the west side of City Hall. The Philadelphia Boys Choir, decked out in red shirts and Santa hats, sang "Circle of Life" from The Lion King as the skaters went round the rink, which will be open daily through Feb. 22. "It's fantastic to have this right in front of City Hall," said Maureen Shanahan of Ambler, who is on the Philly Spirit Synchronized Skating Team.
October 17, 2014 |
While it seemed hardly the weather Wednesday to be thinking of winter sports, ice skating is coming in just weeks to Dilworth Park, the city's revamped public square west of City Hall. The new Rothman Institute Ice Rink will open there Nov. 14, said Paul R. Levy, president and chief executive officer of the Center City District. The rink will be open seven days a week through Feb. 22. It will be managed by Rink Management Services Corp. (RMSC) of Mechanicsville, Va., which was selected after competitively bidding for the contract, Levy said.
July 26, 2014 |
Over the last several months, architects, interior designers, and buyers for glamorous brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, W Hotels, and Restoration Hardware have all been making the same pilgrimage - to a decidedly unglamorous corner of Kensington. Their destination, hidden incongruously within a Philadelphia Electric Co. substation that dates to 1921, is the American Street Showroom, a dreamy, steampunk fantasyland of high-end furnishings and refurbished flea-market finds that blurs the line between retail and exhibition space, gallery and retreat.
June 20, 2014 |
A New York City panel has approved placing the Comcast logo with the NBC peacock atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one of the world's most famous and visible properties, a company official said Wednesday. The Comcast logo will replace lighted "GE" signs (for former NBC owner General Electric) atop the 70-story 30 Rock, reflecting Comcast's ownership of news and entertainment conglomerate NBCUniversal. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the new signage on Tuesday.
June 16, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. is seeking to put its name in lights on top of one of the world's most famous and visible properties - 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. A borough advisory board overwhelmingly approved on Thursday night the cable-TV giant's plan to remove the lighted General Electric signs atop the 70-story 30 Rock and replace them with the Comcast logo, including the NBC peacock, on the building's south and north sides, providing viewership uptown and downtown. A lighted NBC peacock would go on 30 Rock's west side, facing the Hudson River and the miles-long stretch of high-rise condo and apartment buildings that have sprouted on the New Jersey banks of the river.
September 14, 2013 |
Comcast Corp., which runs its growing media empire from Philadelphia's tallest skyscraper, is considering building at least one new tower in Center City and is working with the prominent British architect Norman Foster, according to sources in the city's real estate community. Details about Comcast's expansion plans are being kept under tight wraps, but the company appears to be focusing on constructing the first of several towers on a long, skinny, 1.5-acre site at 18th and Arch Streets, a block west of the Comcast Center.
June 10, 2013 |
The global director of food service operations and events at NBCUniversal, Jason Giagrande, was asked several years ago to do something - anything! - with the commissary in iconic Rockefeller Center, which had been the butt of late-night TV jokes by Johnny Carson in the 1960s and a windowless, graceless dining experience for generations of NBC employees. But no matter what Giagrande did, NBC staffers still grabbed their meals and hurried to their desks to eat, as if scurrying from a darkened New York alley.
May 5, 2012 |
When Steph Heresniak was little, her parents took her ice skating at Rockefeller Center. "When we got home, I said, 'Mom, I want to skate,' " Heresniak said. "She thought I meant figure skating. But I said, 'No, I want to play ice hockey.' " Such was the beginning of an ice hockey career that has taken the Paul VI junior to places as far as Canada. Power, she said, is an asset the sport provides her. It's a quality she has used at the plate as the Eagles' cleanup hitter in softball.
December 18, 2005 |
In recent weeks, Brenda McDade's neighbors have dropped by with something other than the usual holiday baked goods or homemade items. They brought her gifts - not for her, but unwrapped presents to prepare McDade, a longtime Chester County resident, for a peculiar challenge: a national gift-wrapping contest sponsored by the maker of Scotch tape. McDade was one of eight participants in the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest, held this month in Rockefeller Center. Although she didn't win, the experience, McDade said, reinforced her belief that "wrapping is my favorite thing to do for the holidays.