Newsletter for Friday, April 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
OUTDOOR ROLLER RINK + SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK = MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
All eyes in Philly are eagerly awaiting next month, when Spruce Street Harbor Park re-opens — and then there’s a new addition, as the wintertime River Rink turns into the city’s first outdoor roller rink. Yep, there’s now going to be a “Summerfest” where Winterfest was this year. Visit Philly’s Uwishunu has more deets about what’s coming up — skating will be ticketed, there’s food and drink at both locations, etc. But yeah, lots of cool “al fresco” spaces happening this year. Also notable: The Independence Beer Garden opens April 30 (soft open dates: the 24th and 25th).
DOTHRAKI SMOKED TURKEY: INSIDE COMCAST’S GAME OF THRONES LUNCH
Winter is coming as the long-awaited Game of Thrones season five premieres on HBO Sunday night, and even though it was a kinda awkward day for Comcast in general (lots of people hate them), their employees traveled to Westeros for lunch while you were enjoying that bland turkey sandwich. Meanwhile, our good friends over at the Comcast Center nommed on Dothraki smoked turkey leg and roasted suckling pig while taking pics in a Thrones photobooth and being reminded that All Men actually Must Die. Also: Silly selfies. More here.
40 MILLION RIDES AND RUNAWAY OIL TRAINS: PHILLY BY RAIL
Trains and the railroad often convey images of the the Wild West and small towns, but they are hardly remnants of a bygone era. They are used heavily by Philadelphians for travel and transit and by industries for freight. These freight trains have especially turned into a current issue. Environmental activists and public officials are beginning to fear trains carrying North Dakota crude oil to Philadelphia and elsewhere could derail and cause major damage to the communities they pass through. How safe are Philly’s rail lines? What needs to be fixed? Billy Penn dives into these safety issues, how Philadelphia sees more rail passengers than almost anywhere else in the U.S. and everything else you need to know about trains in the area.
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PHILLY SPORTS IN APRIL: THE PHILLIES, SIXERS AND THE MASTERS
WARNING: The following is a story about sports for people who want to know what’s up, but not actually follow sports. That collective “meh” you heard reverberating through Philadelphia on Monday signified the beginning of the baseball season. Yes, the longest and probably the most painful part of the sportsball calendar, given the infinitesimal odds for Phillies success, is upon us. The good news for you, person who knows nothing about Philadelphia sports, is that this Phillies baseball season will be so long and so painful that by June people will likely have given up. True sportsball fans will partake in other, less-excruciating activities and on the nights they do choose to watch the games they won’t be so intense. Yay for hot weather and mediocrity! This month, we’re covering the Phillies, the last few games of the #LOLSixers and why everyone will be talking about golf this weekend.
HOW TO SPOT FAKE IDS IN PHILLY (AND WHERE MOST COME FROM)
“Really, you’re from Connecticut? What’s the capital of Connecticut?” You’d be surprised how many times a variation of that conversation happens as the underage strivers try to gain access to Philly bars. We rounded up the best excuses and the most common states for fakes, as well as how bartenders and bouncers do at keeping drinking establishments the province of those 21 and over.