Manayunk mailboxes (Instagram/@city_of_architectural_love)

Philly newsstands will soon sell sports apparel and makeup

The wares newsstand operators can sell in Philadelphia are tightly regulated, like most commerce on city streets. But as sales of newspapers and print magazines continue to dwindle, the business association for the curbside entrepreneurs lobbies for change.

Thanks to a new bill just passed by City Council, Jordan Levy reports, newsstands will soon be able to sell makeup, health products, and sports apparel for Philly teams. Continue reading…

A newsstand in Center City sells mostly candy and lottery tickets. (Jordan Levy/Billy Penn)

Chef Yun Fuentes reflects on his heritage and success 

Right now Yun Fuentes is one of Philly’s hottest chefs, with his new Rittenhouse Square spot Bolo — an homage to his Puerto Rican abuelo — racking up accolades both local and international. But the road to opening his dream restaurant took years of work.

From the “magic” pancakes of his childhood to the life-changing experience of making mayonnaise in culinary school, Fuentes talked to freelancer Némesis Mora about how it all happened. Continue reading…

Yun Fuentes holds a vejigante by Puerto Rican artist Juan Pablo Vizcaíno that hangs in his Rittenhouse restaurant, Bolo. (Courtesy Bolo)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Rush hour yesterday saw hundreds of activists including Jewish faith leaders fill 30th Street Station, holding giant banners calling for a ceasefire. Some were arrested for blocking Amtrak gates, though train service was reportedly not disrupted. SEPTA Regional Rail commuters who arrived after the protest began were out of luck, as police only allowed people with Amtrak tickets inside. [WHYY/CBS3]

• City Council will hold hearings next month on whether the Philly School District has discriminated against Black-led charters. A report found no overt bias, but 8 of 13 revocations in the last decade had Black leaders, even though only about 1 in 5 city charters were Black-led. [Chalkbeat]

• Rough week for alternate energy efforts in the region: A few days after a Danish company ditched big wind farm projects planned for the Jersey Shore, a court ruled Pa. can’t enforce a program requiring power plants to pay for greenhouse gas emissions. [WHYY/NBC10] 

• University City won’t be getting a new Target after all. The retailer canceled plans to open in the former International House, an architecturally significant landmark that once housed Lightbox Film Center. [CBS3/Inquirer$/BP 2019] 

• West Philly goes all out for Halloween, and photographer Hanbit Kwon was there to capture the family costume fun. [Billy Penn] 

• The first single from the Eagles offensive linemen’s “A Philly Special Christmas Special” is available for streaming, and today at 9 a.m. the commemorative vinyl records go on sale. [Philly Special Xmas/Billy Penn]


Mayor Kenney joins Rebuild officials for the groundbreaking of a $4.5 million renovation at Lawncrest Library (1:30 p.m.).


🍻 Billy Penn event! BP Quizzo lands in Germantown at Attic Brewing Co. for Philly news and history trivia, with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. Join us! (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16)

🎞️ Learn about Philly’s ongoing history of activism at a screening of “Stories from Save Chinatown and Save UC Townhomes” at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Free with registration. (7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4)

🚀 It’s a double debut at the Franklin Institute, with a giant Mars sculpture welcoming guests to the new “Wondrous Space” exhibit and its opening weekend special activities for all ages. Museum admission starts at $21. (Saturday to Sunday, Nov. 4-5) 

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