Two Big-Deal Chefs Will Open Restaurants at the New Comcast Tower

Greg Vernick (left) and Jean-Georges Vongerichten (right)

Three years ago.

That was the last time anybody was really talking about anything restaurant-related at the new Comcast Technology Center, the sky-scraping giant currently getting built out at 18th and Arch Streets. The last we heard, two restaurants were planned for the building — one at the top, attached to the new Four Seasons Hotel, and the other at the base.

Today, a Comcast representative confirmed the two chefs getting involved.  Read more »

Police Searching for Bold Center City Bank Robber

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.

The FBI/Philadelphia Police Violent Crimes Task Force is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who robbed a Center City bank branch on Tuesday morning and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash before authorities arrived on the scene. Read more »

Van Hits Two People, Slams Into Newsstand at 16th and JFK

Photo by Carolyn Huckabay.

Two pedestrians were hospitalized after a minivan jumped a curb in Center City and veered into them before destroying a newsstand positioned on the sidewalk.

Philadelphia police say two vehicles were involved in an accident near the intersection of 16th Street and JFK Boulevard around 11:43 a.m. Tuesday that sent the van hurtling over the curb.

Photos from the scene show that the van came to rest after crashing into a newsstand near the BB&T Bank not far from the entrance to Suburban Station:

Photo by Carolyn Huckabay.

Photo by Carolyn Huckabay.

Police officials tell Philly Mag the victims were two men, ages 38 and 77 years old. They were each transported to Hahnemann University Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

The drivers of both vehicles remained on-site, police say. It’s unclear if either driver will be cited or face any criminal charges as a result of the accident.

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Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City in U.S. This Year

All of Center City’s neighborhoods, from the Avenue of the Arts on down, are “Walker’s Paradises,” contributing to the city’s continued ranking among the five most walkable cities in the U.S. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

A mere two-tenths of a point dropped Philadelphia from its perch as the nation’s fourth-most-walkable city in this year’s Walk Score rankings of American cities.

Miami traded places with Philadelphia to become the No. 4 most walkable city in the U.S. on this year’s list. But no one should lament this development, for what it means is merely that cities all across America continue to up their walkability game.

A news release from Walk Score parent Redfin noted that once again, all of the 10 most walkable cities had higher Walk Scores than they did last year, and of the top 50, only Omaha saw its Walk Score fall (by a mere 0.3 point). Philadelphia’s Walk Score of 79 was 0.7 points above its showing last year, but Miami posted an even stronger gain of one full point to 79.2, putting it in fourth place and Philly in fifth. Read more »

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