There was AstroTurf carpet, a bed, seating, a coffee table and lamps. Appliances included a toaster, coffee maker, space heaters and a stereo.
“You walked in, it was very dark and there was equipment and boxes and shit,” he said. McNally, a former general manager of the Electric Factory, a concert venue in Philadelphia, said. He built some walls, a fridge, a sofa, some chairs, a hob. It’s not like it’s a luxury apartment. ”
Mr. Garvey calls it ‘cozy’ with ‘everything a man wants’. Bathrooms were across the hall, and the employees’ showers were downstairs.
Terry Nilon, mr. Garvey’s cousin and another former employee of the stadium, said he saw the apartment but did not think much about it at the time. “I thought it was funny,” he said.
‘Unbelief is the key’
In his book, Mr. Garvey’s a South Philly version of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ off the wall, including meetings with Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, Sixers legend Julius Erving and Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw. He also talks about the elements of daily life, including the friendships that helped him adjust to the military, and time alone, while rollerblading in the empty stadium at night, with the city’s skyline, rivers, bridges and flights as background.
“It was euphoric,” he said in the interview. “It was like a form of meditation for me. It just did – it helped me a lot. ‘
He clearly hid: everyone knew him, he said, and his work gave him the reason to be at any hour, every day of the week.