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Hotel renovations begin on ‘Boner 4ever’ building

Work has begun on transforming North Philly’s Beury Building into a Marriott with 138 guest rooms and a rooftop bar, Shift Capital posted on Instagram.

  • The building is best known for the “Boner 4ever” graffiti on its tower, which the developer originally said could be incorporated into the design. It’s now unclear if that will happen, per The Inquirer.

Two years ago, a graffiti documentarian told Billy Penn the origin story of the tags — which aren’t loved by some neighbors, who think of them as blight.

Students’ joke fundraiser about teacher’s shoes goes viral

North Philly ninth graders decided their history teacher “Mr. Julian”‘s shoes were so ugly, they had to buy him new ones, so they started a GoFundMe.

  • Launched on April Fools’ Day and intended as a joke, the fundraiser took off as readers were amused by the students’ no-holds-barred trashing of the teacher’s footwear.

Within a day, the page had raised 10x its original goal. “Now,” a student told Billy Penn, “we are able to buy Mr. Julian at least three pairs of sneakers!”

RECAP: What else happened?

$ = paywalled 

MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney kicks off National Volunteer Month with a ceremony honoring the recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Day of Service Award (6 to 7 p.m.). Register to attend the virtual event here.

ON THE CALENDAR

🤓 The first Nerd Nite Philly of the year takes over The Bourse with talks on the power of breakfast sandwiches to the Art Museum’s Duchamp exhibit. Admission is $10. (6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 6)

🖼️ Mural Arts hosts a fundraiser art show at the Ukraine League of Philadelphia, featuring drawings, music, and Ukrainian poetry. A poster-making session will start the evening. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 8)

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