Did you feel it? The earthquake that caused the ground to shake Thursday afternoon was a 4.1 magnitude tremblor centered near Dover, Del. It was felt as far north as NYC and as far south as the D.C. suburbs. It was definitely the biggest quake felt in Philly in the last six years — but there have been smaller ones since then. Lots of them.
Vare Rec Center is in such disrepair that the city shut it down in mid-October due to concerns about structural integrity. Before that, the 100-year-old community hub was serving up to 300 people a day in Grays Ferry. Olney Rec Center doesn't have swings because the cost for safety mats underneath just isn't in the budget. Happy Hollow in Germantown is the city's oldest rec center. It's impressive boxing program could really use its own space so the rest of community can make use of the existing facility. All three and more are part of the city's official proposal to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to revamp parks, rec centers, libraries and playgrounds. Check out the full list of sites here.
The Cowboys beat Washington last night, so Eagles need only to win this weekend to become NFC East Champions. But Sunday night's game in Seattle is a must-win game for a different reason: home field advantage in the playoffs. Yes, the game in Seattle is huge, and winning out there could almost guarantee the Eagles a playoff bye, and give the Birds a great shot at home field. Here's our conversation about why Sunday is so important for the Eagles.
Anne Fadullon, the city’s director of planning and development, spoke first during a City Council hearing this week about inclusionary zoning, becoming the first to answer a question posed many times throughout the session: Is Philadelphia turning into a tale of two cities? “I believe,” she said, “we’re on that path.” The numbers show we might already be there, at least in Center City, where the inclusionary zoning bill is focused. Here's how downtown Philadelphia has become so far removed from the life of the average resident.
This ride will honor all those who've died while cycling, including Emily Fredricks, who was killed Nov. 28 while in the bike lane at 11th and Spruce streets. Wear black or somber colors.
Where: Rocky Steps at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 19130
When: December 3, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Yep, another restaurant is coming to Frankford Avenue — and this one has some notable names behind it. If you're not the kind of person to travel for high-end tasting menus and fancy dinner full of intricate plates, you might not yet be familiar with Princeton's Mistral and Elements. But they've racked up lots of accolades, and the good news is the team is planning something much simpler for their first Philly spot. Here's what to expect when Aether opens next summer.
Andrew Pinkham has done commercial photography and is currently employed full time as a digital imaging manager. He also take photos of pets and turns them into Instagram-ready 18th century portraits. Business isn't exactly booming, considering this is a side gig and not something pet owners would seek out without a marketing prompt. But the work recently took Pinkham to Queens to create a portrait of a dog that has 1830,000 Instagram followers. Fancy pet portraits aren't really a new thing, but the method this Philly photographer uses to create them is.