September 23, 2014 |
THE BLOCK CAPTAIN who sweeps Park Avenue between Olney and Chew in Fern Rock will have to be extra vigilant this week. The block captain, whose name the Daily News is withholding for her safety, said she'll be looking for any spent shell casings left over from a wild shootout outside an unlicensed club at the corner of Chew and Park just after midnight yesterday. The shootout, police said, left two men dead and two others wounded. No arrests had been made last night. On the block yesterday afternoon, more than a dozen white chalk rings marked the spots where bullet casings littered the pavement, spanning almost the entire block.
February 1, 2013 |
There are no exceptions - even on a cold, rainy night in January, you'll have to wait outside the unmarked door of Hop Sing Laundromat in Chinatown for entry. After the doorman comes out to check your party's IDs (don't try to enter with more than four people) and give you the once-over (don't wear sneakers or hats), you will, if you're lucky, make the cut to the next-level waiting room, where there are more rules (no cellphone photos, video, or talking), and finally to a table where there are yet more rules (cash only, two-drink minimum)
March 7, 2012 |
At a time when branding is paramount and every wannabe celebrity hopes to be photographed for online viewing, why would a new bar open without signs, advertising, or PR? And who would have the audacity - in this Facebook/Foursquare society - to forbid cellphone use or cameras inside? Welcome to Hop Sing Laundromat at 10th and Race Streets, Philadelphia's most-anticipated secluded barroom, with 12 months of buzz behind it. If blogging is any sign of sizzle, Hop Sing Laundromat has been aflame for a whole year - and that's before it opened, garnering more than 50 combined mentions on local blogs "Foobooz," "Meal Ticket," "Grub Street," "The Insider," and "Eater Philly.
January 14, 2011
Saturday-Monday Young minds can explore This weekend is the Hagley's Invention Convention that will allow young people to invent, explore, examine, experience, and get excited about science and engineering. Events are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington. Children can build an invention using familiar household items such as cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, oatmeal containers, and more. The Hagley patent office will be present to give young inventors patents for the inventions they make in the Create-an-Invention workshop.
February 12, 2009 |
A Strawberry Mansion woman has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 64-year-old grandmother and her dog. Markita Blackwell, 34, of the 2500 block of North Natrona Street, called police Feb. 2 and said she had found Melva White, known in their neighborhood as "Ms. Poochie," severely beaten in a rowhouse in the 3200 block of West Arizona Street. White's dog had been beaten to death. Blackwell, in fact, beat White, who died Monday night, and killed her dog, Pup-Pup, homicide Capt.
December 5, 2008 |
Few cities roared in the 1920s and early 1930s like Philadelphia under Prohibition. It was a era of gangland executions, widespread corruption among police and judges, and rampant alcoholism - the opposite of Prohibition's intentions when the 18th Amendment barring the sale, manufacture and transport of alcohol was ratified in 1920. At bars today, a few may raise a toast to mark the 75th anniversary of the repeal and consider that for but a few hours and two time zones, Pennsylvania might warrant Utah's place in history as the state whose ratification of the 21st Amendment officially killed Prohibition.
November 16, 2008 |
The sign, at a glance, is as archetypal as it gets, neon-red and aglow in the postindustrial night that settles dark as a raven on silent North 13th Street, south of Spring Garden. It seems to float like a thought bubble near the shuttered Ottens Flavors factory, with only one thought: "BAR," it says, nothing more. This is the latest sign for a corner tavern now called the Prohibition Taproom, just weeks into its fifth? sixth? tenth? incarnation. (It was Zips once. It was the tough Carriage House Cafe, because it's across the street from the stables for the tourist-carriage horses.
February 1, 2008
Casinos Atlantic City Hilton Boston at the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-347-7111. www.hiltonac.com . Legends in Concert. $30. 2/4 2 pm. 2/5-2/7 7 pm. Speakeasy. $25. 2/4 7 pm. Bally's Atlantic City Park Place & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-340-2000. www.ballysac.com . Six. $25. 2/2 7 & 10 pm. 2/3-2/7 3:30 & 7 pm. Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. www.theborgata.com . Dennis Miller. $45. 2/1 9 pm. Comedy Stop at the Trop Brighton & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-822-7353.
April 6, 2007
TOMORROW IS the 74th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, a day beer makers would like you to mark by raising a toast tonight - Brew Year's Eve - to the end of America's 13-year, 2-month, 22-day drought. Call me a Prohibition-denier, but after a few hours with some yellowing 1920s newspaper clips, I'm beginning to wonder if the city ever really stopped drinking. Reading those old news stories, you get the impression that someone forgot to send Philly the memo, you know, about that whole 18th Amendment thing.
September 20, 2005 |
Writer Beth Kephart, who lives in Devon, has won the Speakeasy Prize for poetry. Kephart is the author of two memoirs inspired by lessons learned when her son, Jeremy, was diagnosed with pervasive development disorder, which is linked to autism: A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage, which was a 1998 National Book Award finalist and one of the Salon Best Books of the Year; and Seeing Past Z: Nurturing the Imagination in a Fast-Forward World....