East Mt. Airy is generally considered one of the most successful, diverse neighborhoods in Philadelphia. And it is. But it's also getting older. With an aging population and increasing blight problem, there's some risk the neighborhood could turn in the wrong direction. For the first of an occasional Billy Penn series on "middle neighborhoods," this is how East Mt. Airy is trying to transform for the next generation.
To execute a fly prom look, many girls in the city are skipping stores and opting for custom outfits instead. We visited local dress designer Monica Monique and asked several teens for their style thoughts, and it comes down to this: With pressure to slay amped up on social media, everyone wants to look unique, but most end up picking similar things. Here’s what Philly teens love to wear to prom, and why "it goes so much further than the gown."
Philly's Easter Promenade was first formalized in 1931, when it was held around Rittenhouse Square. After World War II, the event turned into a kind of fashion show, with prizes for best outfit, best bonnet, “fashion excellence” and other sartorial categories. Interest fizzled in the '70s, but then the parade came roaring back, thanks to the efforts of colorful costume maestro Henri David. This is the history of Philly's Easter Promenade, which swoops through South Street on Sunday.
Philly's newest mural is up now at Broad and Federal, and it honors Sixers legends like Dr. J., Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson. This marks 4,001 Mural Arts Project works in the city, but one of the coolest things about this one is that it's inspired by an 11-year-old. Brendan Dougherty won the artwork submission contest and was there for the unveiling of the real thing.
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The Alex's Lemonade Stand Family Festival brings a day of games, music, crafts, water ice and something more — workshops on how to start your own "lemonade stand" to raise money for childhood cancer research, like the late Alex Scott did years ago.
Where: Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: April 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
How much: Kids free; adults $14.50
This tavern tucked away in the tiny, curving streets that climb the back hills of the neighborhood along the Schuylkill is perfect for a mini escape from the city. Join Blind Pig BBQ for a special pig roast afternoon, with one done Polish style — stuffed with kielbasa and pierogis — and another all Philly Italian, with provolone and rabe.
Where: Dawson Street Pub at 100 Dawson St. 19127
When: April 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
It's a little pricey, but if you want to really knock the socks off this Saturday night, pull no punches on your brain and hit up The Buzz, where caffeinated drinks meet beerfest. Expect samples of various coffee preparations, lots of local craft brew, special steeped teas and snacks to go along (vegan and vegetarian included).
Where: Parkway Free Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: April 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $45 advance ticket
When director David Lynch moved to Philly in the late '60s to attend PAFA, the city was very different than it is today. But the neighborhood that inspired the movie "Eraserhead" is still a fascinating place. Join Hidden City for a walk through its landmarks and info about its industrial history. Register in advance; space is limited.
Where: Southeast corner at 13th & Wood Sts.
When: April 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How much: $20
"The Lost Arcade" is a movie about the renowned NYC arcade Chinatown Fair, and how it survived from the tic-tac-toe-chicken days through the rise of home gaming systems. Screened as part of the Cinedelphia Film Festival.
Where: PhilaMOCA at 531 N. 12th St. 19123
When: April 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $12