Today's the day the sun goes away. If you're in Philly when the eclipse happens around 2:44 p.m., know that we're only getting about 80 percent coverage. According to The Franklin Institute, we'll be able to see the moon cross in front of the sun, but may not get any other observable effects. In other words, the sky won't turn black. Still, everyone's got eclipse fever, so if you're looking for a spot to watch, the museum has an event starting at noon. No, there aren't any glasses left, but they will teach you how to make your own viewer. Or follow these simple steps and DIY a solar eclipse viewer.
When Barb Williamson attended a community meeting about the Morrell Park recovery house she runs, her mother recommended she wear a bulletproof vest. Williamson, who has eight recovery houses in the area, saw thousands of offensive comments online, shared all over various Northeast Philadelphia Facebook pages. It wasn’t long before she got death threats. “They were saying that I deserve a bullet between my eyes, that all the junkies should go in the house and it should be lit on fire, that the people are worthless and they never get better.” From angry neighbors to zoning issues to lawsuits, read about Williamson’s fight to keep the doors open.
As partner in a small wine distributor, Jason Malumed is very familiar with the intricacies of how Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board works. And though in the past he’s argued for “semi-privatization” of the state run system, he’s recently come up with a new approach: Let it bleed out and die on its own. Here’s why he thinks the LCB will be dead by 2019.
Ernesto and Casimira Villico know that Joe’s Pizza on 16th and Sansom was their first and Medusa Pizza in Fishtown is their latest. But they weren’t sure if Ciao Pizza on 17th and Chestnut or Margherita Pizza at Second and Market came second. “Ciao was something like 15 years ago. Margherita probably around 20 years.” They do know this, 30 years after the Villico family opened Joe’s, Medusa, which opened one year ago, has become their future. With rising rents and walk up waning, the Villicos aren’t sure how long their footprint in Center City will last. But in Fishtown, it seems like this family business is just getting started.
The South Street Headhouse District is hosting an open conversation with city officials, police and community members about the area's homeless population and people who ask for money on the street. All are welcome.
Where: Headhouse Square at 2nd & Pine
When: August 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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If you love Philly and love street art, you're probably one of the tens of thousands of people who follow Streets Dept. on Instagram. Well, they're upping their game — literally. Streets Dept. has partnered with WeFilmPhilly to produce a monthly series that looks at Philly art and architecture from 4k video aerial drones, coupled with ground-level sound. Called #PhillyMinute, check out the view of City Hall here.
Markelle Fultz needs a history lesson. The Sixers' No. 1 pick was one of the rookies in New York to take photos for their 2017-18 trading cards. Complex caught up with Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Villanova star Josh Hart and a host of other top rooks and asked them pretty simple questions about the NBA like "how many teams are in the league" and "who is the all-time leading scorer." How many did Fultz get right? You don't want to know...