Goodbye Growler, Hello York Street Grille

It’s been nearly a year since Grandpa’s Growler — legendary only for its subpar draft selection and laughably awful food — was unceremoniously shuttered. In its place stands York Street Grille, which opened just this past December. After giving them a few months to work out any opening quirks, we made our way down to see what, if…

Everyday Coffee: OXO Pourover

The best coffee is the stuff you make by hand. But I don’t always have time to dedicate to crafting that perfect pourover. Mornings en route to work, for example. So when I saw the OXO Pourover Coffee Maker, I had to give it a shot. Long story short, the art of making a really…

Everyday Coffee: Ninja Coffee Bar Review

I am a coffee snob. My French press is my weapon of choice. But when I saw the Ninja Coffee Bar on sale (refurbished) for around $90 at Ollie’s and Woot, curiosity got the best of me. I had to try it out. The Ninja Coffee Bar is … unconventional. It promises “better than a coffee house experience…

So Much Has Changed

15 years. That’s how long I’ve been floor9. What started in the summer of 2002 as a way to share photos in the pre-imgur era became my personal blog. Then it took a break. Then it came back. Then it took another break. It came back again. Wash, rinse, repeat. And in that decade-and-a-half, so much has…

50 Years of the Centralia Mine Fire

It seems hard to believe for those of us who grew up under the media coverage of the 1980s, but the Centralia mine fire has been burning for a half century as of this Sunday. What started as a long sequence of unfortunate circumstances resulted in significant disruption for residents of the borough.  On May…

A Brand New Host

I just got done moving the site over to a brand new webhost.  Wordpress.com has been great to me, but the times, they are a-changin’. As you read this, my brand new dual-E5620 and its eight cores of terrifying web-serving might are idly twiddling their thumbs.  The gigabit Ethernet port, with its dozen-or-so 10-gigabit pipes…

Harrisburg’s Northern Gateway

The Furlow Building is being restored.  Midtown Harrisburg has evolved past “taking root” and into “sustained growth”.  The 1500 Project is moving full speed ahead.  Even the old glass factory on Third is being restored.  Downtown’s entertainment district is as strong as it was ten years ago.  And although the infamous Southern Gateway project is…

Midtown’s Furlow Building Gets Un-Furloughed

At some point or another, we’ve all strolled past this building on our way to Midtown Scholar or points downtown.  At 1222 North Third St, the Furlow building sits almost directly across from the Broad Street Market, smack dab in the heart of midtown Harrisburg’s renaissance.  For decades it has sat empty and neglected, with…

Downtown Harrisburg: Something’s Very, Very Wrong With Nancy Eshelman

Today’s title comes courtesy of comment left by PennLive user BoredInMBG. You see, Nancy Eshelman — a long-time opinion writer at the Patriot News — published a story over the weekend complaining about downtown Harrisburg.  I’ve read and re-read her article several times, and I’ll be damned if I can figure out what, exactly, she…

The State of Downtown Harrisburg: Part 2

Good news, everybody!  I just received word from Mayor Thompson that due to a very fortunate change in circumstances, the city will NOT be shutting down as was announced yesterday via Facebook. Granted, the notion that this was a publicity stunt seems far more likely than the possibility that the city suddenly found some magical happy-time…

The State of Downtown Harrisburg

Did anyone else catch that weird posting on the City of Harrisburg’s Facebook page the other day?  I’m not sure what to make of this.  It sounds out of character, but I’m sure it’s legit.  The post has since been deleted, but I’ve captured it below:

River Street Garage Attack? Not So Much.

WHP TV (video) and ABC27 (text) are reporting that the alleged victims in the alleged attack in the River Street parking garage (downtown, behind Sawyer’s) have stopped cooperating with Harrisburg police.  At this point, city police are calling the investigation “up in the air”.