This summer, the opulent Glen Foerd Mansion will come alive with a Roaring Twenties lawn party complete with jazz, Prohibition-era cocktails and more. Jazz Age on the Delaware kicks off on August 1st at the historic home, which claims to be the last Gilded Age mansion on the Delaware River.
A 61-foot tall, 11-ton duck is coming to Philadelphia next month.
Based on a the plans for an installation called Rubber Duck originally made by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, this version of the giant rubber duck — actually made of an inflatable vinyl covering — also appeared at last year’s Tall Ships Festival Los Angeles. Hofman unveiled the first version of the rubber duck in his native Amsterdam in 2007; the first North American appearance was in Pittsburgh in 2013.
“In my estimation, you need to go big or go home,” says Draw Events president Craig Samborski. “Then someone floated the idea of the duck past us.” Yes, a six-story high duck floating by is big enough. Samborski’s company bought the plans from Hofman, modified the specs — the version coming to Philadelphia is larger than what was indicated in the plans provided — and set out on building an 11-ton vinyl duck that sits on a 10-ton steel pontoon. Read more »
The development process of Pier 35 & 1/2 is in its infancy, but is it possible that the previous Trump Tower Philadelphia proposal is being used as the “template” for the site? Jacob Adelman of The Inquirer, who first reported the sale of the pier, talked with a spokesman for the new owners, who say they’re “pursuing the highest and best use of the property” and that Trump-ish tower development is among the options. Read more »
On Sunday afternoon, someone out for a leisurely stroll along the Delaware River discovered something decided un-leisurely: A dead body. Read more »
Mark it down: 2015 is the year that the crack of explosions will be heard and the ground will tremble on the banks of the Delaware River near Chester and across the way in New Jersey. The river itself will rise and bubble.
The End of Days?
Nope. It is all part of the massive Army Corps of Engineers Delaware River dredging project. They are deepening the Delaware from 40 to 45 feet along a 102-mile stretch so that bigger cargo ships can make it to the ports of Philadelphia and Wilmington.
— Dave Schratwieser (@DSchratwieser) November 11, 2014
A Philadelphia man is on the run from police after he intentionally drove his Corvette into the Delaware River on Monday afternoon. Cops have a warrant out for John Kramer, a 50-year-old Mayfair man who drove his 1990 red Corvette into the Delaware River.
Cops haven’t found him yet. But Kramer, on the run out of state, did give an interview to Fox 29’s Dave Schratweiser where he defended himself for driving a Corvette into the river. “I didn’t want to put the car in the river, but everybody’s fighting over this damn car that I paid $3,600 for two years ago,” he told Fox 29. For three years, Kramer has been going through a contentious divorce with his estranged wife.
Update: Police have pulled a red Corvette from the Delaware River in the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia.
NOW: A Corvette has just been removed from the Delaware River. Driver ran off. Live report Fox 29 News at 6. pic.twitter.com/LMCunfNVBu
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) November 10, 2014
No one was hurt. Police say the Corvette was dumped by a husband who is going through a divorce with his wife. The driver, whose name has not been released, fled the car. He’s wanted on reckless endangerment and other charges.
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) November 10, 2014
Police are currently searching the Delaware River after reports that a Corvette drove into the river.
Police first received reports of the Corvette’s dive into the Delaware at about a quarter to 4. Callers told cops the red ’Vette went into the river at Magee Avenue in the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia.
A man fleeing the scene of a car crash at Fourth and Arch streets drove his car into the Delaware River, police say. He sped down a bridge connecting the Chestnut Street Bridge to Columbus Boulevard, went over a barrier and flipped into the river. The incident happened last night at around 6 p.m.
Bystanders who live in the Pier 3 condominiums dove into the river in an attempt to rescue the man. The driver, later identified as 25-year-old Marc Oliverio, of South Philadelphia, was pronounced dead an hour later.
Finally, somewhere you can dive into all you can eat Alaskan Crab Legs on a Tuesday night. And that place is Warmdaddy’s on Columbus Blvd. The tuesday night special is $22.95 per person and your choice of two sides comes with your never ending bowl of crustaceans.
Tuesdays are double duty for the restaurant because the stage hosts a Blues, Soul + Rn’B open jam session, backed by a live band. You can show off your talents or just enjoy the music while you partake in the 1-2-3-4-5 special. This special includes; $1 hot dogs, $2 Yuengling drafts, $3 Heinekens, $4 Buffalo wings, and every Philadelphian’s favorite, $5 City Wide Special (PBR & a shot of Jack Daniels).
Scientists are searching for the source of chemical contamination after a study found evidence of intersex fish in the basins of Pennsylvania’s major rivers, including the Delaware. The intersex fish were also found in the Susquehanna and Ohio river basins. The Susquehanna is the most contaminated of the three, while the Delaware is second-most.
Per the study, conducted by the United States Geological Survey and published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, smallmouth bass and white sucker with intersex characteristics were found in all three rivers. It’s a sign of exposure to reproductive endocrine-disrupting chemicals.