Newsletter for Monday, Feb. 23
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Yep, still cold outside — but Boathouse Row looks pretty great, even with glaciers on the Schuylkill. Photo via @davidgriesing on Instagram.
‘HOLY CRAP’ DEPT: UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS AT 15TH & LOCUST
Police say the explosions Sunday afternoon around 5 p.m. that forced some residents to be evacuated at 15th and Locust streets were not bombs — a transformer likely exploded, CBS3 reports. The explosion was caused by melting snow, says The Inquirer — with enough force to blow off a 500-pound manhole cover. That said, yeah, the bomb squad responded. Then again, so did PECO. So, breathe easier? Yikes.
WHAT’S BEHIND THOSE SEPTA ADS FOR COCAINE ADDICTS
Maybe you’ve seen the sign on the El or BSL. Posted on the walls of various trains, it offers addicts the opportunity to “free yourself from cocaine,” and contains a phone number and the insignia of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Though the sign looks like something out of a ’90s Viagra commercial, the phone number ultimately leads to a place internationally renowned for discovering new ways to help drug addicts: The Charles O’Brien Addiction Treatment Research Center.
TO DO: GO EAT IN SOUTH PHILLY
WHAT: East Passyunk Restaurant Week
WHERE: Various restaurants on Passyunk Avenue and environs
WHEN: Yesterday, actually, through Saturday, Feb. 28
HOW MUCH: $15, $25 or $35 for brunch, lunch or dinner at a bunch of restaurants
BILLY PENN LIKES
ULTIMATE PHILLY ATHLETE: THE FINAL FOUR
Now we’ve got some tough choices to make. From our field of 32 contenders, we’ve already eliminated some of the greatest athletes who’ve represented Philadelphia on the field (or the court, or the diamond, or the ring — you get the idea). We’re left with four: Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Bobby Clarke and Mike Schmidt. It’s time to vote. Let’s get to it.
BLACK TIE, GOLD DRESS, JAPANESE DRUMS: A NIGHT AT THE (ART) MUSEUM
The Art Museum at night carries an aura of opulence bordering on the forbidden. You’re enjoying yourself in one of Philadelphia’s most iconic buildings around classic works of art that date back centuries at a time of day when people normally can’t enter. It’s this atmosphere that has made the Young Friends of the Art Museum’s Winter Gala one of the city’s top parties year after year, and Saturday’s version continued the tradition with a theme of “Ink, Gold and Grandeur.”