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Bok Bar sets reopening date 🌇

Splash of stone in Fitler Square

Splash of stone in Fitler Square

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City Council calls for more police resources in budget

In a reversal from two years ago, leading Philadelphia lawmakers are calling for increased police funding as city budget negotiations begin.

  • Citing “a sense of lawlessness,” Council’s majority leader and president are asking for millions to be added to the PPD budget, on top of what Mayor Kenney will propose, per The Inquirer.

Money isn’t the only barrier, though. The department is having trouble recruiting and retaining officers. That’s the thinking behind Councilmember Green’s proposal to add $10,000 in bonuses for new officers, Jordan Levy reports.

The Philly Hottie House: An Airbnb for your backdrop pleasure

The most Instagrammable (and arguably sexiest) experience in Philly is located inside a two-bedroom, one-bath home right off Roosevelt Boulevard.

  • Dubbed “The Hottie House” by its creator, a 26-year-old creative director and makeup artist, the Airbnb is available to rent for fun or as a setting for photo or video shoots.

The WAP-inspired decor includes lots of local art, Beatrice Forman reports, plus a jungle-themed room (snake rental optional).

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  • After nearly two years as a streetery oasis, the 1500 block of Sansom St. reopened to traffic — and the dismay of restaurant owners and restaurant goers alike. [Inquirer$]
  • Over in the ‘burbs: West Chester University’s smalltime police force hosted a controversial social media training in October 2021 that taught officers how to catfish students and community members, among other things. [WHYY, co-reported by BP]
  • Wonder why your pregame order of White Claw and family-sized potato chips was delivered over an hour late? Philly-bred startup GoPuff is preparing to lay off 3% of its global workforce to recoup $40 million in losses. [6ABC/The Information$]
  • Meet Glover Gardens, a local business installing custom-raised garden beds in food insecure neighborhoods throughout Philly. The goal: to create food sovereignty, and bring city residents closer together. [Glover Gardens/GreenPhilly]
  • NHL cheerleader Cass Foley is Philly’s go-to TikTok and Instagram tour guide, who aims to prioritize mom-and-pop shops, Black owned businesses, and storefronts with a penchant for giving back. [34th Street]
  • Happy hour devotees rejoice: Instagram-famous rooftop hang Bok Bar is set to reopen on April 14, and it boasts a stacked events calendar filled with sunset yoga, drag brunches, and flea markets. [@whenwherewhatphilly/Bok Bar]

MAYOR WATCH

No official public events for Mayor Kenney, because he’ll be spending the day delivering his annual budget address to City Council. The virtual speech will encompass the proposal for the next fiscal year (it must be adopted by May 31) and his five-year plan.

ON THE CALENDAR

💃🏽 Taller Puertorriqueño is throwing a Quinceañerx, featuring a panel discussion on rethinking the tradition followed by a free glam dance party. (7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 1)

🦄 North Broad gallery Space 1026 (just down the block from the Met) hosts an opening reception for multimedia show by teachers-turned artists titled “I Came to School For Your Class.” (6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 1)

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