"With whiskey, you have three to five years ahead of you. It takes us two and a half weeks to make a gin and put it in a bottle."
Mel Adelman, 83, is close to selling the bar his family ran for more than 70 years. He hopes the new owner won’t change it — but he has no guarantees.
“I was arrested in Philadelphia at the age of 15. I was in jail quite a few years,” said Joe Ligon, who recently turned 80 in prison. He’s eligible for parole — but will he apply after decades in an institution?
One man shouted, “C'mon baby!” Another glanced over with pity. ”As soon as you start yelling for your horse, just rip up your ticket,” he muttered.
Some of the women have been incarcerated three or four months, just because they didn’t have $500.
There was always a longstanding rumor in the building that manager Stanley Bard accepted art for rent. Now, his collection of famous works is up for auction.
Andy Sealy is the type of person who would throw a "ta-ta to her tatas" party before a double mastectomy. So it's not surprising she has stayed upbeat despite learning her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones.
Terrance Lewis, sentenced to life for second-degree murder, read the opinion in his prison cell. “The great part was, somebody finally believed me,” he said. “The sad part was, I still got to die in jail.”
“You see drugs. You see people’s underwear. You see overflowing cat litter boxes. Weird art. Nude people. Porn. You see it all.”
“A guy who’d been living on the street heard about it and didn’t believe it. He walked 30 blocks to check it out. He was amazed that it was real.”
The whole thing had to be fumigated. Many components were lost, and others are thought to be too far deteriorated to be salvaged.
Samantha Melamed writes about anything and everything Philadelphia from the features desk.