Yesterday, Forbes published a rambling missive that anointed Fishtown "America's hottest neighborhood." There were some valid observations, and the writer does capture some of the character of the neighborhood. But for the most part, the piece read like something researched online — and not always so thoroughly. From weirdly capitalizing the T in "The El" to focusing on the now-closed Pizzeria Beddia to relying on Google Earth to make a point, the piece hits an off note. If you didn't make it through all 4,000 words of the story, our recap-slash-takedown has you covered.
Gov. Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law back in April 2016, but the program rollout has gone slowly, and two years later, there’s still not a single dispensary in Philly. That’s about to change. On Wednesday night, Restore Integrative Wellness Center hosted a preview of its location on Frankford Avenue, right by the trolley loop across from the Fillmore. Inside, future customers will find a space that's modern, chic and soothing — and a staff eager to start dispensing help.
George Bizet wasn’t catering to the Hulu generation when he wrote Carmen back in 1874, but he might as well have been. The famous story has smoking, sex, insubordination and scandal — and it's all been punched up for modern audiences in a new production by Philadelphia Opera. The show, which runs now through Sunday at the Academy of Music, has been updated with graffitied backdrops and costumes from the 1960s, and the result is totally worthy of binge-watching. After the 193 minutes of passionate action, you'll wish there was a sequel.
It’s about to get a lot easier for tourists visiting the Liberty Bell to get a taste of local beer — and take it with them when they go. When the new food hall opens at the revamped Bourse this summer, one of the central stands will be home to TAPS Fill Station, the second outpost of a Baltimore-based concept specializing in draft booze. Here's how the shop works, from free samples to glass pours to crowlers for takeaway, and why proprietor Will Glass picked Philly over D.C.
- Quick thanks to everyone who's been using the #BillyPennGram tag on your Insta pics. We'll have our first voting session for the Insta of the Week soon, and then narrow those down to Insta of the Month — and maybe eventually even Instagram of the Year. Keep 'em coming!
- Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day. Our colleagues at our Pittsburgh sister site, The Incline, wrote an eloquent Twitter thread (guess that's a thing now) about why they are journalists. Food and culture editor Rossilynne Culgan put it most succinctly: most of us landed in this industry because we're the kind of people who are always asking "why?" — and aren't satisfied until we get an answer. If you'd like us to be able to continue our inquisitive efforts, please consider making a contribution here.
There'll be lots of fiestas taking place in the part of South Philly known as Puebladelphia, but this Mexican BYOB on the other side of Broad Street is a worthy destination too. In concert with neighbor establishments like Brewery ARS and Thirsty Soul, Cafe y Chocolate is hosting a Fifth of May party, complete with margaritas, tacos, pizza, beer, ice cream, live mariachis and Latin music.
Where: Cafe y Chocolate at 2100 S. Norwood St., 19145
When: May 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go