<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:25:43 -0400 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:25:43 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Floating Pop-Up Park Coming to the Delaware]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:33:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/164*120/Penns+Landing+Spruce+Street+Harbor+Park+Popup.jpg

A river is a strange place for a pop-up park but a temporary park featuring a beach, fountains, lily pads and more is going to soon be a reality in Philadelphia.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation announced Friday its plans to create the Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River this summer.

The DRWC points to a series of floating barges that will serve as the centerpiece of the project located at Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street.

The positioning of the pop-up park near the Great Plaza gives people who head to the area for a festival, concert and/or movie the chance to relax a little, according to officials.

"Spruce Street Harbor Park, thanks in part to a grant from ArtPlace America, stands to substantially augment the already fantastic lineup of summer events at Penn’s Landing," said DRWC president Tom Corcoran. "By creating new spaces, we’re showing Philadelphia and the region just how beautiful and accessible the waterfront can be.”

Some of those attractions at the pop-up park include hammocks, a mist walk and summer foods.

The project is a partnership between the DRWC and a group of designers.

"Not only are these spaces amazing, they're cost effective and immediately attainable. Their ephemeral quality keeps us intrigued and our attention focused on what's next," said project collaborator David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group.

The park is expected to open June 27 and will welcome visitors until Aug. 31.

Photo Credit: Delaware River Waterfront Corp. ]]>
<![CDATA[Your #PhillyGram Photos]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:12 -0400 We're showcasing your best #PhillyGram pictures online at nbc10.com. Be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos with #PhillyGram. Send us photos that illustrate why we love the Philly area and what makes it so great.]]> We're showcasing your best #PhillyGram pictures online at nbc10.com. Be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos with #PhillyGram. Send us photos that illustrate why we love the Philly area and what makes it so great.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/10246103283358058508130491112062n.jpg We're showcasing your best #PhillyGram pictures online at nbc10.com. Be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos with #PhillyGram. Send us photos that illustrate why we love the Philly area and what makes it so great.

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<![CDATA[Philly-Made Cupcake Best in America: The Daily Meal]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:37:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/CUpcake6.JPG

How sweet is this? A local bakery is serving up one of America's best cupcakes, according to The Daily Meal.

Whipped Bakeshop at 636 Belgrade Street in Philadelphia
has been recognized as the 17th best cupcake in America.

The Daily Meal's list of 101 Best Cupcakes in America focuses on the Bakeshop's chocolate truffle cupcake. The delicious confection is described as a moist chocolate cupcake topped with Belgian chocolate meringue, buttercream icing and filled with house-made truffle cream.

Sounds good to us.

Most of the cupcakes at the Whipped Bakeshop sell for around $3 a pop.

Also on the list at no. 79 was Lancaster Cupcake in Lancaster, Pa., Sweet Somethings in Wilmington, Delaware at no. 82 and Cupcake Heaven, also in Wilmington at 101.

Topping the list of 101 Best Cupcakes was Pink Cake Box in Denville, New Jersey.

Rankings were based on things like menu variety, presentation, online reviews and culinary value, according to The Daily Meal.


Photo Credit: Whipped Bakeshop]]>
<![CDATA[A Flyers Playoff Pep Rally]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:49:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006761411_1200x675_228435011527.jpg Flyers Ice Girls came to the NBC10 studios to tell viewers about the event and how you can win playoff tickets.]]> <![CDATA[Washington Monument Gets May Reopening Date]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:41:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Washington+Monument+Scaffolding+030713.jpg

The National Park Service began accepting ticket reservations to visit the Washington Monument Wednesday.

The monument will reopen May 12, nearly three years after an earthquake rocked the region.

Tours for opening day will begin at 1 p.m., with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument Lodge (15th Street between Madison and Jefferson drives).

But you now have the chance to snap up tour tickets for May 13 and beyond. Those tickets became available online at the NPS reservation page, www.recreation.gov, at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"I would imagine there's a lot of people who are eager to get in," said Carol Johnson of the NPS.

The monument will offer extended hours, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, through the end of summer.

When the monument reopens, it will have been 32 months since tourists at the top of the 555-foot obelisk were captured on surveillance video running for the stairs as an earthquake shook the observation room — and the rest of D.C. — on Aug. 23, 2011.

The monument was closed after many stones near the top were discovered chipped or cracked, and mortar was shaken loose during the 5.8-magnitude quake.

Crews determined the monument was structurally sound, but workers have spent the time since then chiseling, hammering and repointing, In the process, they repaired more than 150 cracks.

"It's just as good as new, and it's going to be there for generations to come," Johnson said.

The massive repair project cost an estimated $15 million. Washington businessman David Rubenstein pledged to pay half the amount, with Congress allocating the rest.

Normally the Washington Monument has about 700,000 visitors a year who ride an elevator or climb stairs to the top. The monument was completed in 1884 and was the world's tallest structure for five years until the Eiffel Tower was built.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: NBCWashington.com]]>
<![CDATA[Fundraiser to Help Heroes]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:39:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006761450_1200x675_228440643812.jpg The 5th Annual Gathering of Heroes Fundraiser is taking place Thursday evening hosted by the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation.]]> <![CDATA[Rescued Family Responds to "Armchair Quarterbacks"]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:12:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kaufman-1161984-24715521-th.jpg

A woman whose sick infant was the subject of a daring ocean rescue dismissed criticism about the family's plan to sail the seas with young children as commentary from “internet armchair quarterbacks who know nothing about us.”

The military rescue operation that plucked 13-month-old Lyra Kaufman and her family from the middle of the Pacific Ocean prompted a national debate over sailing with babies and caused more than its fair share of negative reaction on social media.

Comments on NBC 7’s Facebook page included phrases like “very selfish” and “irresponsible parents” alongside words of support.

Lyra’s mother, Charlotte, wrote a post Sunday addressing the more explicit criticism posted to the couple’s blog.

“We will slowly delete all the comments from the internet armchair quarterbacks who know nothing about us, our life, our skills, or, I might add, sailing,” she wrote.

The Kaufman's have chronicled their life aboard the Rebel Heart through their personal blogs including the days leading up to the rescue launched by the California National Guard.

Four pararescuemen jumped into the ocean on April 3 to help the family who had sent a distress call from their vessel approximately 900 miles off the coast of Mexico.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - ages 3 and 13 months - had been sailing for two weeks on a voyage to Tahiti when the baby began to suffer what officials described as diarrhea, vomiting and a rash.

The parents radioed for help on April 3 and that began a chain of events that ended with the Kaufman's return to San Diego aboard USS Vandegrift on April 9.

Of the pararescumen who shared their cramped quarters and limited menu, Charlotte Kaufman writes that she was overwhelmed by their bravery.

"They physically held our children during the rough seas to keep them safe," she penned.

"And when the time came to leave Rebel Heart, they carried my daughters on their bodies."

She goes on to thank the crew of San Diego-based USS Vandegrift, noting how the ship was about to return home when they made the unexpected detour to help in the rescue.

"From the moment that we tumbled onto the solid deck of their ship, drenched in seawater, so full of adrenaline that we needed to vomit, and completely unable to walk on our shaking legs, the crew welcomed us," she explained.

She also thanks those who donated to the fund to replace the family's belongings that had to be abandoned on the Rebel Heart. The Navy sank the vessel before leaving it.

Kaufman reminisces about all the life events that occurred for her and Eric aboard the boat saying, “It is a lot to process.”

And finally, Charlotte addresses the interview her brother, James Moriset, gave to NBC 7 and other media outlets in which he criticized the couple's decision to sail with their children at such a young age.

Charlotte describes a family rift between siblings that she claims stems from allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of a family member.

"Their words show more about the content of their character than I could ever personally express to you," she wrote.

You can read Charlotte Kaufman's entire blog post here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy The Rebel Heart]]>
<![CDATA[Meek Mill Sues Philly, Police]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:15:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/meek_mill_interview.jpg

Hip-hop artist Meek Mill says the Philadelphia police officers who arrested him in 2012 cost him a lot of money.

He's now suing the city and the two officers to try and get it all back.

Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, was pulled over by two Philadelphia police officers on October 31, 2012. According to the complaint, Mill was handcuffed and taken to the 22nd Police District where he was held in a jail cell for nine hours.

The suit also claims that the arresting officers, Andre Boyer and Michael Vargas, took pictures of Mill while he was in custody and shared them on social media.

Mill is being represented by Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys Dennis J. Cogan and Associates.

Cogan said Mill was just trying to get he and two of his friends -- a Vice President of Warner Brothers Records, and an off-duty Ft. Lauderdale, Florida police officer who were also in the car -- to a chartered plane after Hurricane Sandy left them stranded in the Northeast.

"He drove into Philly to charter a private plane out. The cops stopped him for a so-called traffic violation, and instead of just giving him a ticket, they start asking him questions," Cogan said.

According to Cogan, the stop lasted nearly 40 minutes and eventually drew a crowd of people who were fans of Mill. Cogan said Mill and his friends were arrested when he refused to allow the police officers to search the car.

The officers, Cogan said, claimed to have stopped Mill because they smelled marijuana in the car, but no marijuana was found in the vehicle.

The complaint cites the city's 'Stop and Frisk' practices as a direct cause for the stop and subsequent arrest of Mill, and accuses the Philadelphia Police Department of "failing to properly train, supervise and discipline" its officers, among other claims.

One of the officers named in the suit, Boyer, was reportedly fired by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey in 2013, following accusations of alleged questionable arrest reports, and drug and cash seizures.

Cogan said Boyer's troubled reputation only adds to the strength of his client's case.

Mill also has a troubled reputation.

Criminal court records indicate that the Maybach Music Group rapper was found guilty of careless driving and for failing to renew his vehicle's registration in the 2012 Halloween arrest. Court records also show the rapper has been arrested before, including a string of charges in 2007 that led to a drug and gun conviction in 2008.

Following the 2008 conviction, Mill served eight months of an 11- to 23-month term sentence and was placed on probation for two years.

"He's done really well since then. He's gotten himself together. He's a really nice kid," Cogan said.

He last butted heads with city officials in December of 2012 when he tried to fight a travel ban that was issued by a Philadelphia judge after a probation violation. A city judge issued an order that forbade Mill from traveling outside of Philadelphia for a month, causing him to miss a scheduled appearance on Conan in Los Angeles, and a tour stop in Africa.

According to TMZ, Mill says the 2012 arrest is unlawful and cost him $22,000 that he'd spent on a private jet that was supposed to take him to a scheduled party appearance in Atlanta, Ga.

Missing that appearance, he says, cost him another $39,000.

In addition, Mill claims negative publicity from the arrest reduced a deal he was negotiating with athletic apparel company Puma from $2 million to $650,000.

"He knows a lot of inner city people who got caught up in the life that--thanks to music--he was able to avoid. So, he is fortunate and he wants to be accepted by, not only the people who listen to his music but in the corporate office as well," Cogan said.

Mill is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an award of attorney fees and costs for civil rights violations, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and civil conspiracy.

<![CDATA[Meet the Director of Rio 2]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006743616_1200x675_226398787581.jpg Rio 2 director, Carlo Saldanha talks about his new film that hit theaters April 11.]]> <![CDATA[$100 Grilled Cheese Makes Debut]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:40:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/deca+grilled+cheese.jpg

Gourmet may be an understatement when talking about this new grilled cheese menu item.

Deca Restaurant + Bar, located inside the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, debuted their own deluxe version of the sandwich staple in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month.

The “Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese” sandwich features Spanish black iberico ham, Oregon white truffle aioli, heirloom tomatoes lightly drizzled with 100-year-old aged balsamic vinegar, foie gras, a sunny side up duck egg and Wisconsin white cheddar cheese “infused with 24k gold flakes,” according to a release from the restaurant.

It is enveloped in two slices of sourdough bread and served with a skillet of lobster mac.

The $100 sandwich takes “grilled cheese to the next level of decadence,” the company said in the release.

The “Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese” special will be served at the restaurant through April 30.

Photo Credit: Deca Restaurant + Bar]]>
<![CDATA[Student Wins Scholarship in Culinary Competition]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:25:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cooking+competition+generic+pan.jpg

The Art Institute of Philadelphia announced the winners of a series of cook-off competitions that offered big tuition dollars for culinary students.

Throughout the month of March, The Art Institutes held cook-off competitions at all of its participating International Culinary Schools across the U.S. and Canada.

A total of 22 aspiring chefs participated in the March 29 competition held at The Art Institute of Philadelphia in Center City.

In the competition, students faced a two hour time limit to prepare a two-course meal and were judged on several technical skills, including, safety, sanitation, and cooking techniques, as well as the taste and presentation of their finished dishes.

Downingtown High School East Campus student Peter Lin took second place in the Best Teen Chef Competition for high school seniors.

He was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

"[My dream is to become] a great cook and own my own restaurant," Lin said.

Another student participant, Katherine Proudy, scored a first place win that came with a gold medal and a $4,000 tuition scholarship.

"[I] would like to travel and cook all over the world, and open up two restaurants — one Backyard BBQ place and another [featuring] high-end northern Italian cuisine," Proudy said.

Proudy and another first place winner, Alex Reid, are now eligible to compete in another cooking competition that is scheduled to take place In New York later this month. The winner of that competition will receive a $40,000 tuition scholarship.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for The New York Cu]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrating National Pet Day]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:14:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/national+pet+day.jpg

It's National Pet Day.

In honor of the national holiday for four-legged friends, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Shake Shack restaurant in Center City will host an event to raise awareness about homeless pets.

The event will both raise funds to support the PAWS mission and give attendees an opportunity to meet some of the puppies up for adoption. Shake Shack will sell one of two dog treats on the restaurant's menu, Poochinis -- dog biscuits with peanut butter and vanilla frozen custard -- throughout the event.

Two dollars from each poochini will be donated to PAWS.

A formal meet-and-greet with PAWS pups will be held in the restaurant's outdoor dining area from 5 to 7 p.m.

Event organizers say they hope to attract dog lovers from nearby Rittenhouse Square Park, a popular destination for dog walkers.

National Pet Day was established in 2005 by Colleen Page, a pet and family lifestyle expert who also founded several other holidays to celebrate animals, including National Dog Day, National Puppy Day and National Cat Day.



Photo Credit: Ashwin Sanal]]>
<![CDATA[Your Adorable Pet Pics]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:14:58 -0400 April 11 is National Pet Day and we asked your for your most adorable pet pics. Here they are!]]> April 11 is National Pet Day and we asked your for your most adorable pet pics. Here they are!]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*186/Lucy3.jpg April 11 is National Pet Day and we asked your for your most adorable pet pics. Here they are!

Photo Credit: Kathy Byrd-Barkley]]>
<![CDATA[Your #PhillyGram Photos]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:42:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/2e739e1cae1a11e3b86e12af0b8c266e8.jpg We're showcasing your best #PhillyGram pictures online at nbc10.com. Be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos with #PhillyGram. Send us photos that illustrate why we love the Philly area and what makes it so great.

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MELISSA S. TREACY | THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS OF LOWER PROVIDENCE]]> <![CDATA[Date Set for Fireman's Fair]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:43:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/170*120/best_223764fd0971d86f93d7_Screen_shot_2014-04-08_at_4.48.46_PM.png

Are you ready for rides? Carnival games? How about homemade doughnuts? The annual Lower Providence Fireman’s Fair for 2014 has been announced. Mark your calendars for May 29 to June 7.

The fun-filled week for area residents almost didn’t happen with its current vendor. Thanks to the township’s supervisors, any possible glitches were cleared up at the board’s last meeting.

During the April session of the Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors, the board agreed to extend the fair’s hours, despite local ordinances.

"Jason Sorgini and I attended the last meeting with the fire hall," said Supervisor Chairwoman Colleen Eckman. “They brought this forth to us, that the current fair vendor objected to attending the fair if it would be cut short. They had a big issue with that.”

Current rules within the township, which of course encompass the entire grounds of the fair, located behind the fire hall at 3199 Ridge Pike, state that all fairs must conclude by 10 p.m. The Lower Providence Fire Department asked that the township allow for an extension to that time limit to help both the carnival company and its own fundraising efforts.

Supervisor Patrick Duffy asked if the additional fair hours would create a problem for the Lower Providence Police Department (LPPD).

"Would the extra hour burden the police department or cause overtime?" he asked.

LPPD Chief Francis Carroll said that “staffing is built into the schedule” and the additional time would not financially impact the department.

Supervisor Sorgini noted that the hour may not seem significant to all, but would go a long way to help the fire department.

"The hour may not seem like a big deal,” he said. “But, that extra revenue brought in during the last hour is important. It is important to them in the grand scheme of things."

The board moved to allow for a waiver to the usual ordinance, and agreed to allow the Fireman’s Fair to run until 11 p.m. on Friday night of the fair week. All are welcome to attend the event, which open to the public, will run from May 29 to June 7.

“It is well worth the time,” said Township Manager Richard Gestrich. “It is a wonderful local affair, and the homemade doughnuts are wonderful.”

This story was published through a news partnership between The Alternative Press of Lower Providence and NBC10.com

<![CDATA[Opera Supporters Sing for Survival]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:07:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Opera-Singers-0408.jpg

In an effort to keep the San Diego Opera from having its final curtain call, supporters of the opera found a very fitting way to address the San Diego City Council during a meeting Tuesday: through a song.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Nick Reveles, director of education and outreach for San Diego Opera, took a moment to speak to the council about everything the opera does for the community, including its work to bring arts education to children.

He also touted the opera’s impact on the local economy.

As Reveles spoke, about 50 members of the White Knight Committee (WKC) – a grassroots movement to keep the opera afloat – and members of the San Diego Opera Chorus and looked on.

Reveles wrapped up his time before the council by saying, "We need our arts to make this city great. We have a gift for you.”

At that moment, members of the chorus stood up and performed for councilmembers who were visibly surprised by the gesture.

Applause erupted from the council, including Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria and David Alvarez, as the chorus finished singing.

On Mar. 19, the San Diego Opera Board announced the opera would be closing in mid-April due to “insurmountable” financial issues. Last week, board members voted to delay the planned closure by two weeks, until Apr. 29, so they could explore alternative solutions.

Since the announcement of the impending closure, the WKC formed to fight to save the opera. The committee is comprised of opera staffers, union locals, seasonal employees, vendors and supporters.

An online petition to save the opera was also launched a couple of weeks ago. As of Tuesday, it had collected more than 20,600 signatures.

On Tuesday before the council, members of the WKC talked about the economic impact of the San Diego Opera, saying that if it shuts down, more than 400 people will lose their jobs and local businesses and San Diego tourism will also lose money. Also, students will miss out on arts and opera education programs in the classroom.

After the city council meeting and, NBC 7 spoke with John David Peters, who has worked for the opera for more than 40 years. He said going before the council with a powerful performance was just another step in saving the company from closure.

“What we were doing today was trying to communicate to everybody that opera is not just a rich kid’s toy. It’s a critical part of our cultural community,” said Peters.

Peters also echoed that the opera plays a big role in the local economy, specifically with jobs.

"What's going to happen is that the City of San Diego is going to be poorer when this company closes because [opera employees] are going to have to find full time employment, perhaps in other communities. They're going to sell their houses, they're going to move out and you're going to lose five or six hundred people,” he said.

On top of that, Peters also said it’s important for the council and the city to know about the positive impact the San Diego Opera has on younger generations.

Native San Diegan Rita Cantos Cartwright, for example, grew up going to the opera and has been singing in it for more than 25 years.

Her concern is the impact the closure will have on future artists.

"You know, we have four major university and college programs now in opera in this town. And they're very competitive here. Where do they go?" she said.

For now, supporters of the opera say their battle isn’t over and they’ll keep pushing to keep the opera alive.

"All I can do is fight for what I believe in and know full well that having opera in this community is an essential corner-stone to our cultural arts," added Peters.

On Friday, San Diego Opera board member Carol Lazier donated $1 million to the opera to encourage the board to rescind their vote to close the company. However, Board President Karen Cohn said the opera would need at least $10 million to put on its 50th anniversary season next year.

Before this recent two-week extension, the opera was set to begin shutting down operations next week, after its final performance of “Don Quixote” on Apr. 13.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA["Chicago PD" Star Helps Save Stray Dogs]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:20:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sophia_bush_dogs.jpg Sophia Bush plays a tough-as-nails detective on "Chicago PD." But in real life, she has a soft spot for helping save stray animals. LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]> <![CDATA[Artist Merges Philly History and Photography]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:43:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/176*120/philly_hybrid_photo2.jpg

Digital artist Eric Nagy merges historical Philadelphia scenes from the past with the present.

"It started out just for fun and has taken on a life of its own," said Nagy, who is a self-described history buff.

He scours the Library of Congress (LOC) for old images of Philadelphia. The LOC archives permit the public's use of images. When Nagy comes across unique photographs, he prints them out on letter-size paper and walks to the same present day locations in the city.

After lining up the old image with the current scene, Nagy uses his Nikon P510 camera to capture a new photo from the same angle and then merges the two images.

"The key is finding a really good image to work with. When I do, it just gives me goosebumps," said Nagy.

One such great image was that of two men walking along Kelly Drive in the early 1900s. Nagy described the two men as having had a hard life.

"Those guys have so much character. Neither have lived a very easy life and are kind of rough around the edges. It just speaks Philadelphia," he said.

Nagy shot a color photo that juxtaposed the same location to where the men were walking. The new merged image drew the contrast to the old image as the new one that shows current day street signage and a runner wearing shorts, a common scene along the present day Schuylkill River pathway.

Nagy calls the process "hybrid photography." He doesn't alter or enhance the photographs, but fuses the two authentic images together on his computer. Nagy shares his work through his Philadelphia Hybrid Photography Facebook page. Atop the Facebook posts, he includes historical facts about the locations. In addition to Facebook, he has a Philly hybrid photo website showcasing his work and an option for purchase.

To date, Nagy has created 130 hybrid photos, although he does not consider himself a photographer.

"I'm more of a digital artist. The last thing I call myself is a photographer. Photography is my means to build up things on my computer," Nagy said.

He was drawn into the hybrid photo project after seeing a news story nearly two years ago about a photographer who revisited scenes from World War II and started a project called "Ghosts of History." Nagy thought, 'Why not duplicate the process with scenes around Philadelphia?"

The New York City native is a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He lived in South Philadelphia after graduation before moving to Swedesboro two years ago for the suburban life. Nagy loves Philly and says his project is a way to cultivate his admiration for the city that became his second home.

Nagy's camera retails for about $249. He says he isn't ruling out getting a better camera model "down the road," but for now the one he has works for him. It's a testament to his creativity. 

Nagy doesn't plan to quit his day job as a designer, but does plan to keep exploring this artistic and educational blast from the past. Nagy defines it as "a different take on the before and after concept. Exact same place, completely different eras."

Contact Sarah Glover at 610-668-5580, sarah.glover@nbcuni.com or follow @skyphoto on Twitter.

<![CDATA[Entertainment to Celebrate Phillies Home Opener]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:43:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CBPedit.jpg Baseball is back in Philadelphia! NBC10's Jesse Gary reports from Citizens Bank Park on the free entertainment fans can enjoy before the Phillies home opener Tuesday afternoon.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Speak English' Controversy Inspires New Play]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:37:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/genosblurb.jpg Playwright A. Zell Williams and actress Alex Keiper talk about the new play that was inspired by the Geno's Steaks "order in English" controversy titled "Down Past Passyunk."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[MLK Drive Closures Start This Weekend]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 06:58:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MLK+Drive+instagram.jpg

One of Philly's spring traditions kicks off today-- the closure of Martin Luther King Drive.

The city closes the road to traffic from the first weekend in April through the last weekend in October to give weekend warriors the right of way.

The tradition began twenty years ago as an initiative by the Fairmount Park Commission.

"We wanted to increase the recreational use of the roadway on the weekends," said Barry Bessler, Chief of Staff for the Parks and Facilities division of the city's Parks and Recreation department.

Each Saturday and Sunday, starting today, Martin Luther King Drive closes from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The only caveat is that the stretch from the Art Museum to the Sweetbriar cutoff reopens at noon.

"We've won awards for the program," Bessler said, talking about the success of closing down the road. Along with the regular cyclist, walkers, skaters, organization now schedule a lot of fundraising events.

Here's the city's list of upcoming events for the spring and summer:

April 6 -- Hot Chocolate 5 and 15K -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 12 -- Walk Against Hunger -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 13 -- Dash for Organ Donor Awareness -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 19 -- Run for Clean Air -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 27 -- March for Babies -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May 3 -- MS Walk -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May 11 -- Race for the Cure -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May 17 -- RAPCS Bike & Hike @ Black Road -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May 18 -- ADL Walk -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

June 1 -- US Pro Bike Race -- 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 8 -- Strides for Stroke Walk-a-Thon -- 6 a.m. to Noon

June 8 -- Oddyssey Half Marathon -- 6 a.m. to Noon

June 21 -- Philadelphia Triathlon Sprint -- 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 22 -- Philadelphia Triathlon -- 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 4 -- July 4th Celebration -- 6 a.m. to MIDNIGHT

July 19 -- Back on My Feet 24 hour -- 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

July 20 -- Back on My Feet 24 hour -- Until 10 a.m.

August 9 -- fun Run -- 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 17 -- National Veterans Wheelchair Games -- 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 30 -- MIA Concert -- 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

August 31 -- MIA Concert -- 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

September 13 -- Undy 5000 -- 6 a.m. to Noon

September 21 -- Rock n Roll Half Marathon -- 6 a.m. to Noon

September 28 -- The Parkway Run -- 6 a.m. to Noon

October 4 -- Step out for Diabetes -- 6 a.m. to Noon

October 5 -- Suicide Prevention Walk -- 6 a.m. to Noon

October 11 -- Walk for Parkinsons -- 6 a.m. to Noon

October 19 -- AIDS Walk -- 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 25 -- Domestic Violence Awareness Walk -- 6 a.m. to Noon

October 26 -- JDF Walk to Cure Diabetes -- 6 a.m. to Noon


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<![CDATA["Punkin Chunkin" Headed to Dover Speedway?]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:23:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Pumpkin+Competition.jpg

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) is eyeing the Dover International Speedway as it actively seeks a new location for its nationally renowned pumpkin throwing competition, scheduled for October 24-26.

Punkin Chunkin Association president John Huber said the group began their search for alternate locations last week when they were notified that the previous event host, Dale Wheatley of Wheatley Farms, would no longer host the event on his land.

Wheatley's decision stems from a 2011 lawsuit in which a pumpkin spotter claims he seriously injured his spine when he hit a bump on his ATV and it rolled over him. He is now suing the farm and the Punkin Chunkin Association for over four million dollars.

WCPCA is reportedly reviewing several new venues to host the event. Huber said one particular location--the Dover International Speedway--might be a perfect fit.

""WCPCA leadership opened discussion with Dover International Speedway to look at the feasibility of using the Speedway property to host our annual event. The DIS leadership team has been very helpful in evaluating this location for use and has offered it to us provided it meets our needs and both parties can meet on terms and conditions," he said.

The Dover International Speedway is a 750-acre complex that has served as the host of many NASCAR events, as well as several other large events, including the annual Firefly Music Festival.

Huber emphacized that discussions with DIS leadership in no way indicate that the Speedway will be the final venue selected to host the event.

WCPCA officials had initially indicated the event might be moving to Maryland, but say they're making a concerted effort to keep the event--and the massive revenue that it brings--within the state.

"Local elected officials in Delaware have also expressed their willingness to engage departments within the State of Delaware to assist in locating alternate sites within Delaware," Huber said.

Delaware Tourism officials say the fall tradition attracts more than 100,000 visitors from around the world each year, and reels in millions of dollars in annual revenue for the state, and for local businesses. In 2013, the event drew $100,000 in ticket sales.

As of Friday, 202 days remain before the big event.

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<![CDATA[Camp for Women]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:38:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/arsenic+lace.JPG Campowerment is a sleep-away camp for grown women to help them reignite their lives.]]> <![CDATA[Arsenic and Old Lace at Walnut Street]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:56:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/arsenic+lace.JPG The play about two sisters is a funny, got-to-see tale. It's playing at the Walnut Street Theater on Thursday, April 27.]]> PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL]]> <![CDATA[Philly Skyscraper Tetris Pushed Back]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:06:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Cira+Centre+Pong+Record.JPG

Thanks to rain, we’ll all have to wait another day to play Tetris on the Cira Centre.

In fact, the entire  Arcade at the Oval kickoff event for Philly Tech Week will be moved to Saturday. It’ll be at the same time (7-10:30 p.m.) and same place (the Oval at Benjamin Franklin Parkway) as the original event that was scheduled for Friday. Games, food, music and beer will still be plentiful.

As we all sob at the thought of waiting another 24 hours to see Tetris played on a 29-story building, remember this: At least it’s not snowing. Read more about this story on PBJ.com.

For more breaking business news go to PBJ.com

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<![CDATA[Local Park Honors Bob Marley With Name Change]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:44:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bob+marley+mural+by+one+love+park+tatanall+playground.JPG

One local playground will officially be the park “to get together and feel all right” after its name is changed to honor music legend Bob Marley.

Following a Thursday evening vote by the Wilmington City Council, the Tatnall Playground located at 24th and North Tatnall streets will be called One Love Park to recognize the message of peace and unity Marley -- a one-time Wilmington resident -- championed in his famous song.

“The lyrics of One Love and what the song has come to mean to people in the years since Bob Marley composed it is what I hope to capture by renaming the park,” said Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory, who first suggested the new name.

“We all need a reminder from time to time about the importance of love in our hearts for our children and for each other,” he added. "I want children who play in Love Park to ask why it was given that name and accept their responsibility to make this a better city and world."

Despite the famous Jamaican musician's association with marijuana, city officials are unconcerned that his connection to the drug will overshadow the new name.

"There is a lot more to Bob Marley's works, thoughts and ideas not associated with that," a city spokesman said.

Marley’s mother, Cedella Malcom, moved to a brick rowhouse within a block of the park at 2311 Tatnall St. in 1962. The reggae artist lived in that home for eight months in 1966 while he worked at the nearby Chrysler plant and DuPont labs. His son, Stephen, was born in Wilmington in 1972 and it is rumored that Marley returned to Tatnall Street to visit his mom throughout his life.

The city began hosting the Peoples' Festival, a music tribute to Marley, nearly 20 years ago. The next fest is scheduled for July 26.

A home along 24th Street and directly across from the playground is decked out with a colorful mural commemorating Marley.

City officials say the new name will amplify the message conveyed by Marley's lyrics in the mural: "I feel so good in my neighborhood..."

<![CDATA[Dying Dad Walks Daughter Down Aisle at Surprise "Wedding"]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:16:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/Surprise+Wedding.JPG

Jim Zetz got his dying wish to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day even though she's only 11.

He was given two weeks to live in October after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Complete with a pastor, flowers and gifts, the ceremony took place in their Murrieta backyard.

"Down the road, this will mean a lot to her," Zetz told the Press-Enterprise, crying. "She will always remember it."

The event was organized by Southern California photographer Lindsay Villatoro. She captured the ceremony in an emotional video seen tens of thousands of times on YouTube.

Villatoro said she wanted to preserve the bittersweet memory.

After a little coaxing from the photographer, Jim's daughter, Josie, opened up to the idea and graciously allowed her makeup and hair to be done.

"In 20 years from now," she told Josie, "you can play this on your wedding day."

In a beautiful bridal dress and in tears, the girl with wavy black hair walked down the aisle -- her father looking dapper in a gray suit and black flat cap.

After their session, Villatoro posted the photos on her company’s website, Love Song Photography, accompanied by a picture of Josie. 

<![CDATA[Stars Steppin' Out: Aguilera, Celebrities in Paris]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/485384611.jpg Celebrities are stepping out with style and sensibility on the red carpet.

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<![CDATA[Actor Nick Frost Visits NBC10]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:45:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nick+Frost.jpg Actor Nick Frost of "Shaun of the Dead" fame sits down with NBC10's Renee Chenault-Fattah to talk about his new movie role that proves real men can dance! "Cuban Fury" hits theaters April 11.

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<![CDATA[Rocky Statue in Bloom for Parkinson's Awareness ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 07:04:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rocky+statue.jpg The Rocky monument outside Philadelphia's Museum of Art will be covered in flowers this morning to help kick off Parkinson's Awareness Month.

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<![CDATA[The Top Restaurant in the World]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:44:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/+Grant+Achatz1.jpg

Chef Grant Achatz has a new feather in his culinary cap.

For the third year in a row, Elite Traveler awarded Chicago's Alinea the top slot in its list of the best 100 restaurant in world.

The list was compiled from a reader survey. New York’s DANIEL restaurant took the second spot and UK restaurant The Fat Duck took third.

The Fat Duck's Heston Blumenthal was awarded Chef of the Year.

London and Paris tied for the most entries on the list, with eight restaurants apiece, and New York and Tokyo each had six.

France had 18 restaurants on the list, and the USA and UK each had 12 restaurants.

Click here to view the entire list.

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