It's the first holiday weekend of the summer, and if you're like more than 975,000 people in the area, you'll be taking a long trip down a crowded New Jersey highway this weekend. According to AAA, nearly a million people — and more than 880,000 vehicles — will be on the roads in Jersey, so if you're on the way to the shore, we're sharing a bunch of different ways to get there. Don't sit on the AC Expressway then get stuck on the Garden State Parkway. Take the scenic route. Stop at a farm stand or a diner. You'll thank us.
Is Mayfair declining or is it now ready for a rebound? For many residents, it’s all about realizing the advantages the neighborhood still holds and changing the perception of themselves and the rest of the city. In a sign of something exciting happening for Mayfair — the second in our occasional series highlighting middle neighborhoods — a local coffee shop should soon be coming to its main business district. This is why that's a huge deal.
We reported back in March that SEPTA was planning a fare hike this summer, pending board approval. Yesterday, the board approved the increases, set to go into effect July 1. SEPTA Key/token fares will go from $1.80 to $2 and single rides will go from $2.25 to $2.50. The disabled fare will increase from $1 to $1.25 while TransPass riders will see a $1.50 increase on weekly and a $5 on monthly. Here's the full list of increases.
For several years, Marc Vetri has been working with Drexel University to establish an urban outpost of Washington State University's renowned Bread Lab — and it's finally becoming a reality. While there's a grand plan to eventually use heirloom grains to help neighborhood revitalization (all those vacant lots could be grow plots!), the first project is consumer-focused: A Vetri/Drexel-branded baguette and boule made with Castle Valley Mill grains to be sold over the counter at at Whole Foods. Here's when and where you can get it.
To celebrate the kick off of Summerfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink, Chickie's and Pete's is giving away free Crab Fries® (one per customer). Even if you don't want the flavored potato sticks, there's lots to do: Rollerskate, hang at outdoor lounges on the waterfront, play minigolf, listen to music and take in the night sky.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19147
When: May 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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Now open on the second floor of Race Street's Chinatown Square: Dae Bak. The full-service restaurant is exciting because it's almost exactly like the Korean spots that proliferate in North Philadelphia, but right in Center City instead. There's the same addictive grilled short rib (LA galbi), the same assortment of free banchan (vegetable sides) and the same traditional soondubu, a bubbling crock of spicy silken tofu stew that's like the Korean version of chicken soup — only better. Here's what to order when you go, assuming there's any left.
Not headed down the shore this weekend? There's plenty to do here. Philly nightlife is among the best in the country, at least by quantity. Using data from Yelp — not the most scientific, but hey this is about alcohol — we compared Philadelphia to America's nine other largest cities and some of our East Coast neighbors. The verdict? We go drink-for-drink with just about every other major city.