January 14, 2013 |
The Center City steam loop, source of the Dickensian sidewalk vapor clouds that have warmed the soles of generations of pedestrians, does not normally evoke images of a modern energy system. But in the last two years, the system's owner, Veolia Energy, has quietly upgraded its century-old power plant in Grays Ferry to reposition the nation's third-largest district heating system as an environmentally friendly energy source. Veolia is calling it "green steam. " On Monday, Mayor Nutter and Robert F. Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)
June 14, 2011 |
While we're a week away from summer, musicians are already on the case with new collections designed to see you through the heat - emotional as well, um Fahrenheital. FRANKS SPEAKING: Nobody is capturing the moment in breezier fashion than jazz-attuned popster Michael Franks with "Time Together" (Shanachie, A-) . Not much has changed in his sound orschtick through the years, except now Frank is singing with a certain nostalgic air on sunny, bossa-nova flavored ditties like "One Day in St. Tropez" or the touching "If I Could Make September Stay," his variation on Sinatra's hit "September of My Years.
April 3, 2008 |
Stovetop. Microwave. Bags. What's the best method of getting crisp and flavorful veggies? We test them all. There's no cooking method better than steaming if you want to taste the pure essence of a vegetable. And it's the healthful way to go - nutrients aren't boiled away, and no fat is involved. Grocery shelves are filled with new steaming options designed for convenience: plastic microwave steaming bags, freezer-to-microwave packages, even steaming bags with their own seasoning mix. We decided to stage a steam-off to find out how the new methods compared with traditional microwaving and steaming on the stove.
November 16, 2006 |
Tennessee Williams' lurid play about sex and God and art and domineering Southern mothers, Suddenly Last Summer, is having an unconvincing Off-Broadway revival, despite a fine performance by Blythe Danner. Lacking in psychosexual urgency and floundering around in very stagey acting, the production, directed by Mark Brokaw, never generates any of the steam heat the play requires. The scene opens in an old New Orleans garden, a set Williams describes as "more like a tropical jungle . . . in the prehistoric age of giant fern-forests.
December 3, 1999 |
Times change. Consider the Newport Apartments: 100 years ago, this historically significant nine-story building was deemed a high-rise - one of the first in Philadelphia. Today, the Newport, on the corner of 16th and Spruce Streets, may not be considered very tall, but it more than makes up for its stature with its rich, eclectic architectural details. There is a massive, arched, brownstone frontispiece at the main entrance on Spruce Street and unusual, copper-clad bays and box-bays on the 16th Street facade.
October 13, 1996 |
If you were a theater buff back in those heady days when New York had seven theater critics filing newspaper reviews of every opening, your morning-after routine was always the same. First, you read six of the critics to see what they said. Then you read Walter Kerr to see what he said and - this was the good part - to savor how he said it. No other American critic wrote about the theater with the grace, panache, wit, and painterly exuberance of Walter Kerr, who died Wednesday in a New York nursing home at the age of 83. From 1951 until his retirement in 1983, first at the New York Herald Tribune and later at the New York Times, Kerr transformed the craft of criticism into something very like an art. He was a choreographer among critics, setting words to dancing down a newspaper column in the service of the higher art he so evidently worshiped.
April 14, 1993 |
Steam can be a deceiving element of cooking. It masquerades as microwaving and also plays a mysterious role within the skin of a humble baked potato. For most of its cooking life, it is the unseen "ingredient. " If your vision of steaming is limited to a perforated platform perched over boiling water, look again. It is steam, trapped under a bubble of plastic wrap, that cooks the green beans or fish filet or frozen entree in your microwave. It is steam that "braises" the chicken in a clay cooker and stokes the heat of the stuffing inside your Thanksgiving turkey.
August 25, 1992 |
Sex in bathhouses, raids on bookstores. What's safe? What's legal? Should the city be taking notes on what gay men do in steam rooms? Five days after Mayor Rendell learned of a city effort to monitor sex practices at Center City bathhouses, public officials are struggling to define their roles in regulating commercial sex establishments: The director of the private group that monitored bathhouse conduct for the city said his people...
July 12, 1992 |
Neighbors who lived in sturdy houses of brick and stone were meeting to save a fragile wooden house. The neighbors were residents of Overbrook Farms, a community of large homes on either side of the Main Line tracks of the former Pennsylvania Railroad, just inside Philadelphia's city limits. At the meeting of the Overbrook Farms Club, the local civic association, they were eagerly signing petitions and discussing ways to save the Overbrook Train Station House. After all, the station was the reason for the community's existence.
July 27, 1990 |
A visit to a dentist's office always begins with the same scene: The dentist washes his hands and - at least since AIDS became a widespread public concern - slips on a pair of surgical gloves. But patients rarely give a second thought to whether a dentist's tools are sterile. "Most people take it for granted that when they're in a health-care facility, they can trust that things are sterile," says Jenkintown orthodontist Michael Roth. Roth and his partner, Gary Udis, thought they could be doing a better job in this area.