The Floating World

Northern Exposure


It sounds like a developer’s made-up moniker. But Chinatown North is more than marketing hype. It may be the salvation of the ethnic enclave as barriers continue to constrict the historic neighborhood.


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Update for the Uptown

Closed as a performance space in 1981, the Uptown briefly reopened in the ’80s. A church group held services there until a 1991 storm damaged the roof, allowing water to pucker the painted walls and corrode the gilded auditorium. After the congregation left, the only people who entered were thieves, crackheads and taggers. 
After decades of decline, the next phase of the theater’s rebirth will begin on June 27—the official groundbreaking for the interior renovations.


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Jamie Moyer Gives Back

The Phillies player — the oldest in the major leagues — has the benefit of experience and perspective this time around. It’s paid off: On Sunday, the veteran goes for his 250th career win.

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‘Like High School Musical, But Real’

The students at Benjamin Franklin High School wanted to do a talent or fashion show, but the principal, Christopher Johnson, challenged the students to combine everything into a spring play. The result? A chance for students to empower themselves.

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Drumming Japanese

Kyo Daiko, Philadelphia’s only Japanese-style drumming crew, leaves its members sweaty and smiling.

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The Wheel Thing

Andrew Reid wants the ball. He glides down the side of the court, quickly coming to a stop near the baseline. He pivots toward the lane and waves his strong, calloused hands at his teammates. “I’m w…

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Beer Run

David April stands in front of his Fishtown rowhome, a little before 7 p.m. on this freezing cold night, talking to Traci Browne and a dozen other people clad in fleeces, ski caps and running shoes. …

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The Gift of Living

Not every present comes wrapped in a box. As Rocky Tharpe sits on the sofa, petting his two-year old dachshund Bindi, he says he’s no longer worried about getting a nicer car or bigger television. “M…

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Jig and Real

Tony Santos struts around the 100,000-square-foot factory in Port Richmond, proudly showing off the machinery as though he’s giving me a tour of his own home. “You see this jig here?” he asks, point…

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State of Mind

Keeping a damaged brain alive may be the greatest act of friendship. Daniel Curcio strolls around the bright room decorated in domestic bliss—spice racks on the wall, stainless steel pots and pans d…

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