Reporter / Curator
Cassie Owens is a reporter/curator for BillyPenn.com. She was assistant editor at Next City and has contributed to Philadelphia City Paper, Metro, the Jewish Daily Forward, The Islamic Monthly and Spoke, among other publications. She's regularly covered culture and urban policy, from writing the first profile of YouTube personality Peanut Live to reporting on Newark's Valentine's Day vacant lot sale.
Prose, poetry and a play to add to your reading list.
Owner Hakim Hopkins, a self-avowed hustler, says business is still very good, but “I’ll always sell books, whether it’s slow or fast.”
Another look at the places in our city that have shaped popular music in America.
Chinatown resident Dave S. Pettengill revealed how much of the stuff he used for “A Valentine to Philly.”
Manayunk’s celebrated, as are Old City, Rittenhouse and even (sorta) West Philly. But boards? Really?
The Streets Department insists it’s not OK to repair the road with ice cream toppings.
DJ Astro 8000’s bash is so popular it’s heading to South by Southwest.
“What seems to be going on in Washington seems to be the opposite of what we’re trying to do.”
It’s a Diadora N9000, but the appeal is decidedly local.
The DJ who created the craze talks why.
Experts share what books you should be reading this Black History Month.
The right to protest ain’t cheap.
Grey Lodge Pub’s spin on the staid Pennsylvania holiday is pretty great.
The Philly GOP says yes, and cites these examples.
In response, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said “we have no plans to change our immigration policy.”
Slide for yourself.
The Toll Bros. designs were first seen Tuesday night.
Meet the locals leading the charge against Trump’s policies.
“It’s in no way a political statement,” says the decorator at Traub’s Bakery — who did say she voted for Trump.