October 21, 2014
LET'S GET IN the gutter for a bite to eat. In another of the myriad ways Philadelphia is evolving, now you can sit in the gutter, chill and eat at a parklet, a platform in a parking space. Here's something the world has been clamoring for. Well, maybe it has. We call them parklets. The first time I saw anything like this was in an Israeli Arab town, where they are called necessity. My family ate lamb kebab and hummus at a table placed perpendicular to the curb while cars - even a guy on horseback - rode by. If it's good enough for an Arab town, it's good enough for Philly.
October 20, 2014 |
Philadelphia is as cool as Silicon Valley or Manhattan for start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs. Yes, really. Got an idea? Go for it. "Philly is a great sandbox. You can try, fail, try again, tweak, and you're not under a huge microscope," says venture capitalist Patrick FitzGerald. Just ask Allison Berliner, who earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent a semester in San Francisco, but came back east to work at Wanderfly, then co-founded a fashion brands-matchmaking website, PopInShop, in Philly.
October 20, 2014 |
Philadelphia, your moment has arrived. Billionaire-deep wallets and millennial minds are descending on the city Sunday for the start to the first Forbes Under 30 Summit, where tycoons and start-up stars will mindmeld with young entrepreneurs in what organizers hope may become an annual East Coast version of the South by Southwest Festival in Texas. The exclusive event kicks off with a concert in Northern Liberties on Sunday featuring Wiz Khalifa and others. It continues through Wednesday with TED-like talks at the Convention Center, tours of budding commercial and tech enterprises across the city, and visits by Forbes honorees to seven schools.
October 18, 2014 |
The University City Science Center, a 51-year-old business incubator in West Philadelphia, has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for a new program to help start-ups get to commercialization. Phase 1 Ventures will vet technologies that have moved beyond initial proof-of-concept stage, provide management and other project-development resources, and help arrange financing. It will draw on the participation of a range of experts - in science and technology, academia and industry, as well involve entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
October 6, 2014 |
Hello there It was the last day of Katie's Match.com subscription. After six months with zero luck, she was ready to say buh-bye. Then, scrolling halfheartedly through her last list of possibly matching men, she saw Matt, who had just that day signed up for the online dating site. His profile photo was ridiculous - he was sticking out his tongue. But here was a local guy who had traveled, studied at the University of California at Berkeley, and was rowing-team coxswain both in high school and college.
October 4, 2014 |
The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, an $18 million concrete walkway that seemingly floats atop the Schuylkill with spectacular views of University City and Center City, opened to the public Thursday. Officials and citizens praised the sleek walkway as an amenity that will endure for generations. Supported by caissons drilled into the riverbed between Locust and South Streets, the 15-foot-wide walkway is the latest milestone in a years-long effort to convert eight miles of the industrial banks of the Schuylkill into interconnecting walking, cycling, and running trails between the Delaware River and the Fairmount Dam. With a ramp to the walkway visible behind them, Mayor Nutter, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, and other dignitaries took to a podium under overcast skies to lavish the project with accolades.
September 18, 2014
T ESS MICHAELS, 20, of University City, is a social entrepreneur and a Penn senior pursuing a dual degree in management and life sciences. The Philly native is the founder and CEO of Soceana, a startup that launched in January with tech-enabled platforms to generate social good. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Soceana? A: I volunteered a lot in high school and saw a need for a unique approach. At Wharton, I found that the corporate space was an effective way to bridge volunteerism with philanthropy.
August 22, 2014 |
The hegemony of the Blanc has been broken! The third annual Dîner en Blanc - a visually dazzling outdoor dinner at a yet-to-be-disclosed Center City landmark attended by 3,500 people dressed head to toe in white - won't be the only game in town Thursday night, at least when it comes to themed al fresco dinners. First held 26 years ago in Paris, Dîner en Blanc has become an institution in nearly 50 cities around the world. But last month, a splinter group of former Philly Blanc-ers (Blanc-ies?
August 7, 2014 |
Janet Monge knew for years that the Penn Museum had quite the skeleton in its closet, a box of bones supinely displayed, carefully encased in wax, wrapped in burlap, and positioned on a board. "Somebody took great pains to take a very fragmentary skeleton and bring it here," said Monge, the curator who oversees the physical anthropology section of the museum in University City. "Therefore, it must be important. " There was no catalog card or identifying information. So the skeleton sat obscurely for years in a ground-floor storage room at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
July 25, 2014
D R. CHRIS ANASTASIOU, 56, of South Philadelphia, is an optometrist who owns the Modern Eye optical shops/optometrist offices in University City, on Walnut Street near 34th, and in Center City, 13th and Walnut. A magazine for eye-care professionals recently named Modern Eye one of the top three independent optical retailers. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Modern Eye? A: I was working as a hired optometrist for a small chain of eyeglass shops. I went in with the owner as a franchise partner and the store was originally called Eyeglass Encounters in University City.