Newsletter for Tuesday, June 16
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Down comes University City High School in order to make way for $1 billion worth of expansion for Wexford Science and Technology and the University City Science Center; photo via @hiddencityphila on Instagram.
DID FACEBOOK DELETE A PHILLY JOURNALIST’S NEWS PHOTO?
What happens to news on Facebook and Instagram? That’s a question longtime Philadelphia journalist Jim MacMillan is trying to answer after he says a photo he took of a fatal accident was deleted from the social networks. MacMillan was riding his bike near 11th and Arch last month when he saw emergency vehicles gathering. He surveyed the scene of what was later revealed as a fatal pedestrian accident involving a Ride the Ducks boat. MacMillan says he snapped a photo — seen above and used with his permission — and loaded it on his Instagram and Facebook accounts before leaving the scene. Now, it’s gone. Facebook tells Billy Penn it doesn’t appear the photo was ever posted to its sites, but MacMillan isn’t so sure.
ARE THE WATER TAXIS WORKING YET ON THE DELAWARE? SORT OF…
The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. said earlier this year that three water taxis — purchased for a half a million dollars with the vision of transporting people from different docks along the Philadelphia coast of the Delaware River – would finally be in use this summer. And the DRWC has made good on the promise that the 22-person boats that sat idle for more than a decade would be used to transport passengers. But they’re not exactly being widely used — it’s more supplementing another service.
TO DO: BLOOMSDAY ON RITTENHOUSE SQUARE
WHAT: Live performances and outdoor readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses
WHERE: The Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
WHEN: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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HOW TO GET YOUR INSTAGRAM FEATURED ON BILLY PENN
Every morning around 7:45 we press “send” on our newsletter. And the first thing you’ll see when you open it is the Instagram of the Day. Depending on the day, you’ll see overflowing window boxes, protests, bikes or kids playing in fountains. During the dreaded winter, it’s stick trees and snow piles. We get tons of questions about how to get featured (sample: “I love the Instagram of the Day! I really want you to pick one of mine!”), so here’s what we’re looking for.
SWIMMING IN PHILLY: A GUIDE TO THE CITY’S PRIVATE POOLS
Philadelphia has more free public pools than any other city in the country. There’s a problem, though. None of those public pools open until July. And as we know from this past weekend, it’s already hot. A pool trip would’ve been mighty nice Saturday afternoon. In Philadelphia, the way to cool off before July is through a club, hotel or apartment pool. And that’s also a problem. Getting into a private pool isn’t easy. The clubs often have waiting lists, and it takes years to gain membership. Hotel and apartment pools require having a friend or sneaking in. Not that you can’t do one of those two things. Billy Penn breaks down how to get some pool time before the public pools open.