Newsletter for Wednesday, Sept. 21
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The El just keeps passing us by (Instagram via @toddhickey).
FISHTOWN RESIDENTS DENY PLAN TO TURN ST. LAURENTIUS INTO APARTMENTS
One group says St. Laurentius is doomed for demolition. Another’s still holding out hope it can be saved. In the end, both factions want the same thing: To save the the city’s first Polish Catholic Church, which has been ingrained in the fabric of the Fishtown community for the last 130 years. But after a community vote Tuesday night denied a developer who wants to turn the old church into apartments, the future of the church that in many ways defines the skyline of the neighborhood is in doubt — and some say those who just want to save the church may be its ultimate downfall.
PHILLY FREE STREETS: THIS WEEKEND, 9 MILES OF ROADS CLOSE
The city is partially shutting down Saturday in what the city is calling Philly Free Streets. It’ll be kind of like the pope weekend last year, except this time you’ll get to enjoy the openness without worrying about all those pilgrims. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., nine miles of roads and trails will be part of the event. Here’s everything you need to know.
IN PHILLY’S NEW APARTMENTS, THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH
At least anecdotally in Philadelphia, we like things affordable. Many of us also need things to be affordable. And for the most part rent is affordable here. Costs are much less than in New York, Washington DC or Boston, and, good lord, it’s not even worth mentioning San Francisco and Philadelphia in the same sentence. The only problem is, new buildings here are not affordable.
|What||Sign up now to tee up and join in for a day of fun on the fairway as ACHIEVEability celebrates 35 years. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which aims to break the generational cycle of poverty for single parents in Philadelphia.|
|Where||Walnut Lane Golf Course at 800 Walnut Ln., Wissahickon Valley Park 19128|
|When||September 24, 2016 at 7:30 am|
|How much||$100-$150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome|
|What||Chef Mike Solomonov is hosting a special book signing dinner with John Currence, aka Mississippi's "Big Bad Chef" and author of just-released "Big Bad Breakfast." Ticket price includes the book, three breakfast biscuits, and both a michelada AND a grapefruit mimosa.|
|Where||Dizengoff at 1625 Sansom St. 19103|
|When||September 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm|
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THE F-ING AMAZING ART OF GRAFFITI IN SOUTH PHILLY
The graffiti adorning the shuttered Point Breeze restaurant Buckminster’s has come full circle. A few weeks ago, someone tagged the restaurant to make it say Fuckminster’s on the outside. Now? Oh, now we have this.
WHY HELLO, SUBURBAN PHILLY STATE CENTAUR
State Senataur State Sen. Daylin Leach has a special photo of himself hanging in the office. It’s a picture of himself as a centaur — you know, one of those half-human, half-horse creatures from Greek mythology. It’s just a Photoshop — a good one, at that — of a Pennsylvania Democrat from Montgomery County posing half-naked as the top of a mythological creature in order to promote an event next week benefitting an internship program. Here’s how it came about.