by Spencer Bokat-Lindell | Sep 25, 2016 10:44 am
One night in 2004, Officer Peter Krause was on duty when he noticed an inebriated young man stumbling through Wooster Square. Instead of arresting the man, Krause — or “Officer Pete” to the neighbors — sat him down on a nearby bench to chat about his night.
When an ambulance arrived, Krause escorted him to the hospital, where the young man was detoxed, and told him that he was free to talk anytime.
Continue reading ‘Wooster Square Remembers “Officer Pete”’
by Aliyya Swaby | Sep 21, 2016 1:28 pm
Julie Peterman said the most difficult part of building a habitat behind Conte West Hills School was preparing the ground — given that a 1964 factory burning left pieces of brick and concrete hidden under the soil.
Continue reading ‘Conte Students Build Outdoor Home’
by Paul Bass | Sep 18, 2016 2:04 pm | Comments (3)
A Philadelphia developer appears to have reached the end of the line in its efforts to stop competitors from building hundreds of new market-rate apartments at the edge of Wooster Square, connecting the neighborhood to downtown.
Continue reading ‘Judges Reject Competition-Killing Gambit’
by Paul Bass | Sep 14, 2016 5:38 pm | Comments (3)
Ross Whitsett walked by a crowd of visitors from across the country as he navigated Olive Street on his way downtown for a sandwich. He noticed a man with a suit telling the visitors about traffic-calming.
“There are no crosswalks anywhere around [Wooster] Square!” Whitsett called out to the suited man.
The suited man explained that the state had just paved the neighborhood’s main roads, that restriping will follow soon.
“When’s it going to be painted?” Whitsett pressed.
Continue reading ‘Greatest Hits Tour Wows Gov’t Techies’
by Paul Bass | Aug 2, 2016 12:58 pm | Comments (17)
A developer won a 20-year tax break worth over $10 million—with a proviso that keeps track of whether low-income renters benefit.
Continue reading ‘Monterey Tax Break Sails To Approval’
by David Yaffe-Bellany | Jul 26, 2016 7:44 am | Comments (6)
An historic building transformed into a corporate warehouse. A line of noisy trucks speeding through the neighborhood day and night. An opportunity for growth foiled by a chain of broken promises.
Continue reading ‘Wooster Square: Screw U-Haul’
by Aliyya Swaby | Jul 25, 2016 2:12 pm
Wood dust flew in all directions as Chris Martindale sawed down a sick ash tree near Greene Street in Wooster Square Park.
The city parks employee was the one doing the chopping, but the tall tree had already succumbed to the burrowing of a tiny green beetle.
Continue reading ‘Boring Beetles Topple Big Ashes’
by Rohan Naik | Jul 25, 2016 7:50 am | Comments (3)
Tony Vitolo doesn’t move the way he used to, but in his old age he remains just as passionate about his heritage.
Continue reading ‘118 Times, & Counting’
by Paul Bass | Jul 22, 2016 4:28 pm | Comments (16)
“Help me! Help me!” Patricia Cofrancesco was screaming.
A crowd formed around her. “Motherfucker, you killed her!” came one yell. Another: “Motherfucker, you’re going to get it now.”
Continue reading ‘Cofrancesco Recounts Fatal Collision’
by Daniela Brighenti | Jul 22, 2016 8:15 am
Ruel Dixon works as a behavior analyst for Middletown’s public schools. In the afternoons, he gets to change out of his work clothes, put on his large-soled boots and step for what he calls it “the love of the art.”
Continue reading ‘Omegas Heading To Vegas For The Step Crown’