May 16, 2015 |
In the courtyard of City Hall, behind the cover of a temporary chain-link barrier, artists have spent the last few weeks constructing a monument within a monument - a scrap-wood counterpoint to the ornate marble of City Hall and the slick granite of Dilworth Park. The installation, a suggestion of a classroom by way of benches and an empty chalkboard frame, marks the home of Monument Lab - a thought-experiment-as-public-artwork that opens today and that will occupy the courtyard for three weeks, bringing together artists, civic leaders, and the public to share ideas on what would be an appropriate monument for 21st-century Philadelphia.
May 16, 2015 |
Donald Trump's vision of a 45-story condo-and-hotel tower - or at least one like it - may yet rise on the Philadelphia waterfront. The new owners of the Delaware River pier where the ill-fated Trump Tower Philadelphia was to have been built see the project as a possible template for developing the site, according to George Polgar, a spokesman for the recent buyers. The new owners, represented by Northern Liberties-based Shovel Ready Projects, have some alternative uses for Pier 351/2 in mind, too, including a plan for as many as 60 townhouses on the 2.13-acre tract, Polgar said.
May 15, 2015 |
There was a body in the grass. More under the cars. The injured were scattered on the ground. The battered passenger cars of Amtrak Train 188 had jumped the tracks just minutes before, and lay at odd angles in a scene emergency responders described as beyond anything they had seen before - or want to see again. "Carnage," one said. "Steel. " The first responders had pushed through the fence at Frankford Junction on Tuesday evening, and found the New York City-bound train at the foot of the hill.
May 14, 2015 |
Look out, YouTube. Move over, Vimeo. There's a new online home for music videos, a kinder, gentler website and mobile app (partly) grown and launching in Philadelphia on Wednesday. VuHaus ("view house"), as it's called, is backed by six public radio stations, including WXPN-FM, and promises a panoramic perspective on "adult alternative" music styles - from Americana to electronica, blues to rap to rock. It's opening the portal with an impressive crop of live concert streams from Wednesday through Friday from the Non-Comm (noncommercial radio)
May 10, 2015 |
The Delaware River pier where the KatManDu nightclub once operated is for sale. Pier 25, now the site of Cavanaugh's River Deck, has been listed by Colliers International, the brokerage said today in a statement. Bids on the 90,400-square-foot property at 417 N. Columbus Blvd., between Waterfront Square and Dave & Busters, are due on August 15, according to Colliers. The property would be well-suited for a residential complex with retail, the brokerage said. Colliers also said it was listing Downey's Restaurant, a nearly four-decade-old pub at Front and South streets.
May 4, 2015 |
The rowhouse at 753 Walnut St. is vacant and dilapidated, like many in Camden. Windows are boarded up, part of the roof has given way, and an adjacent lot is overgrown. What sets this house apart from others is a claim that it was home to Martin Luther King Jr. while he attended the now-closed Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland. There, he apparently studied for classes - and mulled issues that helped mold him as a civil rights leader. That connection is being investigated by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office after it received an application to place the house on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.
April 23, 2015 |
A restaurant or store could play next inside the art deco shell of the historic Boyd Theatre. Above it, 238 apartments in a 27-story tower are to overlook a neglected block of Chestnut Street. These plans have been set in motion by the approval of a building permit for a litany of properties at 19th and Chestnut. Long-discussed but faint hopes for a modern movie multiplex to inhabit the Boyd, built in 1928, have faded. The development is subject to review. But with no zoning variances required, Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger said, approval could be swift.
April 10, 2015 |
Wait times at Philadelphia-area VA hospitals and clinics were far from the nation's worst in recent months, but none met the agency's goal of ensuring that no patient waits more than 30 days for a nonemergency appointment. The Cumberland County, N.J., outpatient clinic in Vineland had the longest average wait times in the region during the six-month period ending in February, with 6.1 percent of appointments requiring a wait of at least 31 days. The Victor J. Saracini clinic in Horsham was not far behind, with wait times of at least 31 days in 5.4 percent of cases.
April 7, 2015 |
From my seat in the belly of an industry wracked by declining print circulation and ad revenue, Jennifer Padova Gallagher's name choice for her start-up company - GoPaperboy.com - first struck me as endearingly nostalgic. Then I wondered if it was woefully misguided, before settling on amusingly ironic. After all, the business is a website aimed at a generation hardly familiar with newspapers. But the concept - to link students looking to earn some cash with families who need their services, be it babysitting, tutoring, yard work, or dog walking - is premised on Gallagher's interest in planting the seed of business self-sufficiency early.
April 6, 2015 |
The most important financial event in your life can be landing a job. And when readers write in saying, "Thanks, but how about helping me find work?" how can I refuse? First place to start the hunt is a supportive environment. That would be the Free Library of Philadelphia, both the central library at 1901 Vine St., just off the Parkway - where a job fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 on the first floor - and the regional libraries, such as the Paschalville branch, at 6942 Woodland Ave. Then there's the Free Library's year-round career center.