Newsletter for Saturday, September 17
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Is this enough to inspire you to get up for yoga on the Race Street Pier? (Instagram via @adam_englehart)
7 SHOT OVERNIGHT IN WEST PHILLY AS SUMMER OF HOMICIDES CONTINUES
What PPD Commissioner Richard Ross called “a completely bizarre situation” last night in West Philadelphia started when a gunman ambushed a veteran police officer in her car, firing multiple shots and wounding her. As police chased after him, he continued shooting, first injuring a security guard and woman at a bar, then firing into a random car, killing one passenger and leaving the other in critical condition. When cops finally cornered him, he shot one more police officer before being taken down. The incident is just the latest in a year that has seen homicide rates skyrocket — in Philly and cities around the nation.
SEPTA ELEVATORS COULD LOSE THAT *LOVELY* PEE SMELL
SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch tells Billy Penn that the agency is planning to test liquid-repellant coating this fall to curb the public urination problem. The coating, which “pees back” with splashes when someone pees on it, has been a success in other cities like San Francisco and Hamburg, Germany. When will Philly get it? Very soon.
ANOTHER BINARY BANDIT IS STEALING NUMBERS IN PHILLY, AND THERE’S VIDEO
On Wednesday, we told you about the bizarre case of what’s become known as Philadelphia’s own “Binary Bandit” — a woman caught on surveillance video stealing a number off of a home in East Kensington. More than 20 homes in the neighborhood have had numbers taken from the front of their house in the past week or so, and only the 1s and 0s were taken. But there appears to be a second person involved. Here’s the (very clear) video.
ON THE CALENDAR
More than 20 teams will deck out in vintage best and play 19th century baseball — or "base ball," as it was called then — in exhibition games according to 1864 rules. Vendors will be selling vintage items, and food trucks will be on site.
Where: Philadelphia Navy Yard at 4747 Broad St. 19112
When: September 17, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to September 18, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
How much: Free / pay-as-you-go food and drink
For the eighth year in a row this Munich-inspired block party takes over South Street with draft beers, live oom-pah music, face painting, German dancers and tons of German food.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz at 718 South St. 19147
When: September 17, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
A group called the "Grave Gardeners" has beautifying this National Historic Landmark on the Schuylkill. Celebrate their work and learn about bulb planting, building a terrarium, using natural dyes and more. Bring a picnic and a blanket.
Where: The Woodlands at 4000 Woodland Ave. 19104
When: September 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $10
If you scroll through Philly Insta feeds, you've probably seen Chuck Bonfig's work (he's @chuckseye). Join him near the Art Museum for a session on how to master phone photography.
Where: Iroquois Park at 24th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. 19130
When: September 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $15
Sign up now to tee up and join in for a day of fun on the fairway as ACHIEVEability celebrates 35 years. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which aims to break the generational cycle of poverty for single parents in Philadelphia.
Where: Walnut Lane Golf Course at 800 Walnut Ln., Wissahickon Valley Park 19128
When: September 24, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.
How much: $100-$150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome