Newsletter for Monday, Nov. 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Cruiser Olympia, docked at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing. Photo via Instagram user @candicane82
THE ‘BOMB CYCLONE’ IS A THING — GET READY FOR SOME BRRRISK WEATHER
Remember how you wore a windbreaker to vote on Tuesday? And how, this weekend, you walked around in nothing but a light jacket, enjoying what felt like crisp fall air? Get ready for a whole lot more crisp. There’s a thing called a “bomb cyclone” that’s about to hit our neighbors to the West pretty hard… and then us. By Thursday, we’re talking a 20-degree drop, according to AccuWeather. It’ll be worse in places like Great Falls, Montana, where the temp tomorrow night will plunge to -9 degrees Fahrenheit… But still, get ready to break out the down.
DIFFERENT KIND OF STICK-UP: KENSINGTON ROBBER USES BLOOD-FILLED SYRINGE
“I have AIDS. Give me your money.” That’s what a man wielding a hypodermic needle filled with what looked like blood told a customer at Eddie’s Chinese Restaurant on Allegheny Avenue in Kensington early Saturday morning. According to the Daily News, the customer was speaking Spanish, and got $200 from the horrified customer before running away.
PHILLY HISTORY TOURS GRADED (BONUS: ONE GUIDE WAS SUPER RACIST)
As a public service, Billy Penn took a pair of guided historic tours through Philly. We found guides who mostly knew their stuff, but the average grade was a B- — dates were wrong, for the most part. (Also, one super questionable fact involving pennies on Ben Franklin’s grave). But the second of those tours provided its own story — starring Chris, who called himself “the most hated driver in Philadelphia.” And he may be right.
TO DO: JOHNNY MARR AT UNION TRANSFER
WHO: Johnny Marr, AKA the guitar parts while Morrissey was singing in The Smiths, as well as the cool stuff from that one Modest Mouse album.
WHERE: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
WHEN: Doors at 8 PM; show at 8:30
HOW MUCH: $22-$24
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE COMMUTER TUNNEL OPENED 30 YEARS AGO, FOREVER CHANGING PHILLY RAIL
Right now we take it for granted — the trip from 30th Street Station to Suburban Station to Market East Jefferson station in the city are just a few Regional Rail stops. But Hidden City goes deep on the 2.5-mile suburban tunnel, variously described as “the first national big dig,” noting that the prospect of easily traversing center city underground “got people excited about the city instead of cynical about the city.” Either way, the tunnel opened for business 30 years ago today.
THAT TIME OL’ DIRTY BASTARD WAS ARRESTED AT A GRAY’S FERRY MCDONALD’S
The late Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard was one of the larger-than-life characters in hip-hop. And a new biography, The Dirty Version, digs into Dirty’s life and times. City Paper has an excerpt of one snapshot that made headlines: When ODB was arrested at a McDonald’s in Gray’s Ferry — featuring this exchange: (ODB’s) ID actually said Robert Brown. The lady cop was like, “This ain’t you.” “That’s me,” said Dirty. “Robert Brown.” “Nah, my son got pictures of you all over his f–ing wall. This is not you. We know who you are. Just make it easy.” So how’d police learn ODB was in town? Read until the end.