June 28, 2016 |
Having recently moved into Center City from the suburbs, my husband and I are among the many empty nesters who left behind lawn mowing, leaf raking, and spending way too much time in a car. We are enthusiastically embracing this simpler life, enjoying a vibrant city where something interesting is always happening. Where else can you sit at a sidewalk coffee shop and see a Ben Franklin impersonator, a cat on a leash, and proud activists shouting out for their favorite cause, sometimes all at the same time?
June 13, 2013 |
Grown-ups make the rules at Medford's new wheel park, and the kids, well, are kids. Take the rule that says "bikes only" on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and "skateboards only" on the other days. "Nobody cares what day they come in," Riley Tufts, 14, explained on a recent Wednesday afternoon. He was sitting on a black BMX bike at the crest of a concrete mound of curves, gazing down on a pair of skateboarders swooping below him. Seconds later, Tufts plunged down a nearly vertical wall, zoomed to the far side, spun his bike in midair, plunged back into the pit, and popped back onto the concrete deck where he'd started, and stopped - without brakes.
August 21, 2012 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - The curious, the sentimental, and perhaps even a serious buyer or two showed up Sunday for a real estate open house at Villa St. Joseph by the Sea, the beachfront mansion to be auctioned off Sept. 15 by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Long a vacation retreat for retired priests, the 19-room, 9,800-square-foot house is a luxury the cash-strapped archdiocese can no longer justify. It is "inconsistent with the mission" of the church, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said last week.
August 20, 2012 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - The curious, the sentimental and perhaps even a serious buyer or two showed up Sunday for a real-estate open house at Villa St. Joseph by the Sea, the beachfront mansion to be auctioned off Sept. 15 by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Long a vacation retreat for retired priests, the 19-room, 9,800-square-foot house is a luxury the cash-strapped Archdiocese can no longer justify. It is "inconsistent with the mission" of the church, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said last week.
June 11, 2012 |
Blocked by industrial buildings, the Schuylkill has long lived up to its Dutch name — hidden river — for the communities that border it. Monday, one segment of the river officially comes out of hiding with the new Grays Ferry Crescent park, opening up a once-polluted tract to walkers, bicyclers, fishermen, and wildlife enthusiasts. The park has cost city and state agencies and private donors $2.85 million to construct. It is the latest phase of an ongoing effort to line the length of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, from Fairmount Park to Fort Mifflin by Philadelphia International Airport, with trails.
October 31, 2011 |
FRANKLIN Delano Roosevelt Park is a 97-year-old jewel of the Fairmount Park system, 300 acres of sporting fields, tennis courts, lakes, a boathouse, walking trails and a skateboard park in South Philly. And it now costs $30 to use this city-owned expanse if you drive there on a day when the Eagles have a home game. Not going to the game? Doesn't matter. Mark Focht, the first deputy commissioner for the city's Department of Parks & Recreation, said that some Eagles fans were scamming a system that allowed park users to enter for free.
March 21, 2008 |
Intriguing and obliquely involving, Paranoid Park is Gus Van Sant's film approximation of concrete music. That is, rather than a conventional three-act drama like the director's Finding Forrester or Good Will Hunting , it's composed of real-world sounds and textures that express a teenager's shifting states of mind and dawning conscience. As in Elephant , Van Sant's lyrical evocation of high school life in the moments leading up to a Columbine-like massacre, the director uses impressionistic means to suggest the alienation of a skateboarder who may be involved in the death of a railroad security guard.
October 13, 2005 |
The Fairmount Park Commission yesterday gave final approval for renovations and construction that could transform neglected Franklin Square into a lively tourist and neighborhood destination, replete with a carousel and a miniature-golf course. The $8 million project, proposed by Once Upon A Nation, the private tour and storytelling organization that began operating in Independence National Historical Park this year, also includes renovation of the square's central 19th-century fountain.
September 15, 2005 |
Plans for an expansive, two-acre skateboard park near the Schuylkill, below the Philadelphia Museum of Art, received preliminary approval yesterday from the Fairmount Park Commission. The $5 million park, proposed after the city's 2002 crackdown on skateboarding and redesign of JFK Plaza - also known as LOVE Park - would offer sweeping vistas of the river and Art Museum. No funding is on hand, but Joshua H. Nims, a founder of the Schuylkill River Skatepark Fund, said there was considerable corporate interest in the project.
March 20, 2005 |
Skateboarders are closer to getting a new park in Philadelphia. Architects and designers have created two proposed renderings of Schuylkill River Skatepark, which will be just south of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And in May, they will unveil the final rendering after considering community input on both versions. The "shard scheme" can best be described as "fingers in the landscape," said architect Anthony Bracali. It would feature a variety of "skatable sculptures," terraces and curved benches and offer great views along the Schuylkill.