Newsletter for Monday, Jan. 19
SOCIAL ACTION IN PHILADELPHIA: 1688-TODAY
Did you know that the first protest against slavery in the country — before there was a country — happened in Philly? Or the carousel that gave a famous Philly riot its name? On a day that reflects social action taken by the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Billy Penn looks back on Philadelphia’s civil rights history.
1 YEAR LATER, AMBER LONG KILLING STILL UNSOLVED
It’s been a year since 26-year-old Amber Long was shot dead in Northern Liberties in what police called a purse-snatching gone wrong. Police have a small sample of DNA from the scene; no match. Ballistic tests have been run; they’ve yielded nothing. Detectives working with the FBI are running tests and taking steps in this case that they’ve never used before – and yet the trail seems cold. Here’s where the search stands today.
TO DO: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
WHAT: Events all over the city
WHERE: From the sports complex to college campuses, there’s something near you.
WHEN: Times totally vary
HOW MUCH: Most are free
BILLY PENN LIKES
LYFT PLANS PHILLY ROLLOUT: DRIVER TRAINING, $1.5K/WEEK
The pink mustaches are coming to Philly. Lyft, the Uber-competitor in the ridesharing service space that’s become famous nationwide for fastening the strange ‘staches on the front of their rides, is readying a Philadelphia launch, with Craigslist ads seeking drivers — who are, Billy Penn has learned, already training drivers. A Lyft spokeswoman said Friday “we’d like for Lyft to be available in the city soon and are currently in the market research phase.” She didn’t provide a specific launch date. The company has launched a Lyft Philadelphia page.
HOW TO DO RESTAURANT WEEK IN PHILLY
Center City Restaurant Week is here! Well, it’s way longer than a week (January 18-30, minus the intervening Saturday, so 12 days). And while dining out during Restaurant Week doesn’t necessarily offer a true glimpse of what a place is actually like, there are good deals and fun times to be found. You just have to know how. From reservation tips to where to find real values to the skinny on alternate deals, here’s the Billy Penn guide to Restaurant Week.