Newsletter for Tuesday, Aug. 18
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Stevie Wonder performed a short set at Dilworth Park across from City Hall on Monday; photo via @lflimon on Instagram.
GUY SELLING GIANT PHILLIES CAP PICKED IT FROM THE TRASH
It was probably 1994, maybe 1995, when a friend at Veterans Stadium called Glen Spence to tell him the Phillies were tossing a beloved Philadelphia artifact in the Dumpster. But the friend could see it in front of him: some people were dragging the Phillies cap that rested atop the Billy Penn statue during the 1993 World Series to the trash. Spence’s first reaction was disbelief. How could someone just throw it away? His second reaction was to save it. But now Spence is looking to sell the piece of Philly history on eBay for a cool $10,000 — here’s why.
HOW TO VISIT PHILLY, NATIONAL CANDIDATE EDITION
Philadelphia will be the background of many political photo ops the next few months. We’re the biggest city in a somewhat purple state, the birthplace of Democracy and next year the host of the Democratic National Convention. National politicians will be flocking. To these candidates, good luck. Philadelphia is a tough place to master. Our city can embrace you, or it can claim that you live inside of a butt. As a public service, Billy Penn gathered eight tips to help presidential hopefuls make their swing through the city.
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INSIDE PHILLY’S PYRAMID CLUB: PRIVATE DINING, 52 FLOORS UP
About 1,000 people, including nearly 350 people under age 40, have membership to the private Pyramid Club. Others get to see it through events. Pyramid Club regularly hosts weddings, high school proms and more. Billy Penn explored the Pyramid Club and its seven meeting rooms with the club’s general manager, Rick Winland, to show you its views, well-stocked bar, boardrooms and ballrooms and if you’re into this kind of thing, how to get in.
THIS THURSDAY, DINER EN BLANC POPS UP AGAIN
So it’s that time of year again — this Thursday, a public thoroughfare will be shut down for a pop-up picnic by thousands of Philadelphians paying to bring their own food outside. ICYMI, Billy Penn‘s weekend editor, Danya Henniger, talked to folks who think it’s a great idea and a great thing for the city. And of course there’s the other view, voiced by Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney: “If you were a mediocre student in high school French, there is a decent chance that you could directly translate the very phrase ‘Diner en Blanc’ as ‘white privilege.’ And the thing is, in this case, you would not be totally wrong.”