Newsletter for Tuesday, Feb. 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A West Philly fire in sub-freezing temps leads to amazing photos like this, via user @chuckseye on Instagram.
SNOW DAY: A FEW INCHES AND EVERYTHING SLOWWWWS DOWN
OK so we’ve got the white stuff on the ground, people. What’s that mean? Stay home for a while, Philly.com advises — three inches of snow is the general consensus, but your mileage may vary. A bunch of SEPTA buses are delayed; the MFL is making all stops, but there won’t be many kids riding today, for the list of closings and delays is long. Apparently the worst of the snow is in South Jersey (autoplay video warning!) and there’ll be plenty of chances to watch your favorite TV people standing beside snowy roads in winter weather gear today. If you do decide to venture out into another beastly cold February day, here’s our list of places to warm up in the city.
$84 PER VOTE: THE NUMBERS BEHIND THE PHILLY MAYOR RACE
Three months until the election, and six candidates (with the possibility of a seventh) are competing for mayor. How will different neighborhoods vote? Will cash even matter? And is anyone even paying attention to the mayor’s race? To provide a little clarity about how this election could turn out, Billy Penn dived into statistics related to the 2007 election and how they could affect this year’s election.
TO DO: FAT TUESDAY PARTY!
WHAT: Let The Good Times Roll party, feat. Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society
WHERE: Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut Street
WHEN: 6 PM
HOW MUCH: FREE
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WHO’S ARI, OR BROTHER MOUZONE? PHILLY POLITICAL CANDIDATES ON HBO
While education crusader Helen Gym made waves when she announced her candidacy, the field is also saturated with people like young up-and-comer Isaiah Thomas, Frank Rizzo Jr. (son of the former mayor) and a number of former Philly political aides and assistants. So as long as you all assume that we don’t actually think council candidates are drug dealers from “The Wire” or basic twentysomethings from “Girls,” let’s go ahead and compare the at-large city council candidates to characters from HBO shows.
ICY PHILLY: EIGHT STUNNING WEATHER PIX FROM YESTERDAY
We at Billy Penn know how difficult Monday was. It was tough to think about leaving the office (or your house) to go get a coffee and your Instagram feed has been flooded with everyone and their mother screenshotting their weather app. Rough day. But let’s savor the work of those who did brave the elements with these eight great photos of icy Philly.