Joe Frazier’s Gym listed among “Most Endangered”

Joe Frazier’s gym was knocked out by a furniture store.

Joe Frazier’s North Philadelphia gym has been named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2012 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Each year, the organization releases the list of architectural, culture and natural landmarks to highlight the fight for preservation. Frazier’s gym on North Broad Street is where the legendary boxer once lived and trained for his epic fight against Muhammad Ali. He later turned the former warehouse into a gym for the community, but the three-story building currently houses a discount furniture store and is vacant on the top two floors. It is also listed for sale.

The National Trust says that the gym has not been designated as a historic place at the local or national level, putting it at risk for destruction or irreparable damage.

The Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and a group of Temple University students are partnering to raise the $10,000 needed to nominate the building to the Philadelphia and national historic registries. They also hope to find a buyer who will commit to preserving the building for future use.

“Joe Frazier was a sports legend, and he deserves a place that celebrates his legacy and his contributions to the sport of boxing,” Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said in a statement. “Without question, Joe Frazier’s Gym is an important historic and cultural site, and bringing both protection and recognition to this site by placing it on the local and national registers would be a fitting tribute to one of our greatest athletes of all time.”

There has been increased interest in maintaining the building as a tribute to Frazier following his death last year. An effort to get a statue of Frazier is also under way.

Also included on the list is the last known surviving boyhood home of Malcolm X in Boston, and the Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, N.J., which was the site of a historic battle in the American Revolution. For this year’s full list of Endangered Historic Places, click here.


Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…


Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…


Traps set after reports of giant snake on…

New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.


NYPD: Stroller carrying 2-year-old rolls onto Queens subway…

A 2-year-old girl in a stroller rolled onto subway tracks in Queens on Monday morning, police said.


‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…


Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.


Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.


Benedict Cumberbatch plays a different kind of genius…

The man known worldwide for his portrayal of London's eccentric private detective Sherlock Holmes is trading his Belstaff coat for tweed this fall. Benedict Cumberbatch…


'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.


Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report


Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.


Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.


RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."


Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…


Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.


Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.