September 12, 2016 |
Three years ago, on the Saturday before Labor Day, Louis Eni, 63, Dietz & Watson chief executive, was kayaking near his beach home in Ocean City, N.J., when his wife came out on the dock and motioned him toward the house. His brother was on the phone. There was a fire at the Philadelphia deli company's warehouse in Delanco, Burlington County. "It was bad. As I'm driving up from the Shore, you can see the smoke from miles away. You go numb," Eni said. The refrigerated warehouse held all of Dietz & Watson's inventory ready for shipping.
September 9, 2016 |
For the first time in nearly a half-century, the Franklin Institute's Budd BB1 Pioneer airplane, a fixture along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, actually moved. It did more than move. This biplane floated - up from its display posts in front of the building. It twirled slowly in the sun about 20 feet in the air, and then gently descended to the ground. Bump. The Budd plane is one of the institute's great artifacts, conceived and manufactured in Philadelphia, and given to the institute by the Budd Manufacturing Co. in 1935, a year after the Parkway building opened.
August 26, 2016
By Elizabeth McGinley 'What," I asked myself, "am I doing here? I knew this place was a bad idea. " Having got smart as well as old, my husband and I are lapsed Do-It-Yourselfers. Recognizing that most of our household projects eventually call for professional rescues, we follow a new mantra: Just (Pay Someone Else to) Do It. But here I was, staring down the hangar-like warehouse of a store that is the last name in service. Its mantra is U-see It, U-Find It, U-Carry It Out. Oh, yes, and U-Pay for It, not really that much less.
August 18, 2016 |
Clothing supplier Alphabroder is moving distribution work to central Pennsylvania, a move that will cost 143 jobs at the firm's Broder Bros. warehouse at 2951 Grant Ave. in Northeast Philadelphia by Oct. 10. The Trevose firm, which supplies name-brand T-shirts and fleeces to local printers who customize it for corporate employers and promotions, is concentrating work in a Harrisburg warehouse and other large U.S. regional centers, according to...
August 6, 2016 |
A drug trafficking organization smuggled $23.2 million worth of cocaine from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic into Philadelphia and stored the drugs in a North Philadelphia warehouse, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of six men at a news conference Thursday and said each had been charged with drug distribution, conspiracy, and related offenses. Three of the suspects - Francisco Severino-Ortega, 54, and Juan Rojas, 32, both of New York City, and Argenis Dioscoris Grullon, 37, of Allentown - were arrested after two vehicle stops at Lehigh and Trenton Avenues in Kensington during which authorities seized about 40 kilograms of cocaine, Kane said.
July 1, 2016 |
On a sun-drenched Philadelphia day, Lynnette Shelley settled outside a warehouse at the Tioga Marine Terminal, paintbrush in hand. The warehouse didn't allow for much natural light, and to finish her masterpiece on the sixth day (on the seventh, she rested), she needed to see its vivid colors and make sure they matched. She touched up images of flora and fauna, and complex geometric patterns, until her donkey was resplendent. Let's backtrack a bit. On Friday, in celebration of the Democratic National Convention, 57 fiberglass donkeys are coming to town, courtesy of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, the city Mural Arts Program, and ArtJawn.
June 30, 2016 |
Baby bumps could be giving way to beer bellies in Northern Liberties, where Yards Brewing Co. plans to build its new suds factory in the vacant warehouse that had until recently been home to Destination Maternity Corp. Yards is under agreement to lease up to 85,000 square feet at the maternity apparel company's former headquarters building at Fifth and Spring Garden Streets, part of a plan to boost production beyond the capacity of its current brewery about a mile away, company officials said.
June 9, 2016 |
An affiliate of MM Partners of Philadelphia has paid $1.4 million for the vacant Pyramid Electric Supply Co. warehouse in Brewerytown, which has permits to be converted into apartment or condo units. Brewerytown Pyramid Building Partners LP bought the six-story building near Oxford Street and West Glenwood Avenue from an affiliate of Iron Stone Strategic Capital Partners, according to Ken Wellar, a managing partner at Rittenhouse Realty Advisors, which marketed the property. The building has permits to be converted into a 46-unit residential project, according to Rittenhouse.
May 14, 2016
By Al Taubenberger The roots of our nation can be found here in Philadelphia. It's fitting, then, that the roots of a promising new agricultural industry - vertical farming - are taking hold right here, not in soil but in water inside an unassuming warehouse in South Philadelphia. I recently hosted a City Hall news conference to promote the expansion of vertical farming, with the goal of establishing Philadelphia as the world's preeminent training center for this burgeoning business.
April 13, 2016
Philadelphia police are seeking three men who snuck into a North Philadelphia warehouse last week and stole 24 cases of cigarettes worth about $64,000, police said Monday. In a video released by police, three men are seen approaching the warehouse on the 100 block of East Hunting Park Avenue with a ladder at about 2:35 a.m. Friday. In the dark, they pried open a rear door, then went inside and stole the loot, police said. They then fled in an unknown direction. A black market in "loosies" and cheaper butts has expanded after the city imposed an additional tax of $2 a pack to help fund schools.