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.
March 31, 2015 |
Many dangerous and unsafe buildings that should be inspected every 10 to 30 days have not been seen by inspectors from the Department of Licenses and Inspections in years, The Inquirer has learned. At the same time, the agency's Construction Site Task Force has been so adept at fining contractors for violations such as failing to display permits or update insurance in the city computer system, builders complain, that L&I is delaying construction while city building is booming. Critics of the beleaguered agency say that proves it is on the wrong track, with safety taking a backseat to the exigencies of collecting cash and flexing its muscle over comparatively minor infractions.
March 31, 2015 |
The Hessians were out for blood that autumn day in 1777. They marched 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, hoping to surprise the American defenders of Fort Mercer on the Delaware River. Instead, they fell into a trap. Many of Britain's German allies passed over the abandoned earthen walls topped with pointed logs, and then cheered, thinking they'd breached the fort and were close to victory. On the other side, though, was another wall - and a deadly hail of artillery and musket fire that cut through their ranks like a scythe.
March 30, 2015 |
When it comes to redeveloping the magnificent site long occupied by Bancroft, a residential special-needs school, Haddonfield always knows what it doesn't want. "JUST SAY NO," a typical online post urged in 2010, as the borough planning board was considering a retirement-community proposal for the 19-acre Kings Highway property. Fierce public opposition scuttled that idea, and in 2013, a bitter grassroots battle ended with voters rejecting the Haddonfield Board of Education's $12.5 million proposal to buy the tract for public use. Bancroft has considered leaving the borough for a decade.
March 23, 2015 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is expected to tour city shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, and health clinics Monday to draw attention to the issues of homelessness and hunger in advance of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in the fall. The tour, in which the archbishop will be joined by civic and business leaders from across the region, will be dubbed the Óscar Romero Day of Commitment, after a former archbishop of San Salvador known for his dedication to bettering conditions for the poor in his country, the archdiocese said Sunday.