Newsletter for Thursday, Dec. 31
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It’s going out like a lamb this year, for sure — photo of a pedestrian striding over a Rittenhouse Square puddle right before New Year’s Eve via @staceyelle on Instagram.
INSIDE BILL COSBY’S BRIEF COURT HEARING
Police vehicles with flashing lights barricaded the normally quiet neighborhood roads that led to the courthouse. Helicopters from Philadelphia TV stations buzzed overhead. Photographers positioned themselves on stools to get the best angles. All the commotion was for Bill Cosby, who turned himself in this afternoon on three felony charges of aggravated indecent assault from an incident against former Temple employee Andrea Constand in 2004. We were inside the courtroom, and around the town, as the media circus descended. And here’s why, after so many years, prosecutors filed those charges yesterday.
THE CHIP KELLY NEWSPAPER FRONT PAGES
The Eagles announced Tuesday evening that head coach Chip Kelly had been released from the team after spending three seasons in Philly. Cue copy editors in the region blowing up their planned front pages. Here’s what they came up with, on both sides of the river, for the firing.
Uwishunu has rounded up the best places to watch fireworks in and around the city; typically these are at midnight (duh!) but a few shows are timed for after happy hour (or for kids, whatever).
Where: Various at Various
When: December 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. to January 1, 2016 at 12:10 a.m.
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE TOP 10 NIGHTTIME UBER SPOTS IN PHILLY
Stephen Starr and Uber: Philadelphia’s new power couple? Two of the Philadelphia restauranteur’s most popular spots top the list of the places where Uber picked up the most people in the nighttime hours over the last year. The ride sharing company released a list of the top 10 spots where its drivers — including UberX and UberBlack — picked up riders in the last year between the hours of 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. And Starr’s Mexican restaurant El Vez and German beer garden Frankford Hall were No. 1 and 2 on the list. Here’s the full top 10.
WHY THE CITY RUNS THE PHL AIRPORT
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney named the new head of the Philadelphia International Airport. Wait, what? It sounds kind of odd that a mayor would have the job of appointing a CEO, given that airports are major business centers and quite a bit different from other city-regulated services like schools and libraries. But the concept of a publicly owned and operated airport goes back to the 1920s, when all a city needed for an airport was a large empty field and some serious financial backing for what was then a guaranteed loss of money. And in a nutshell, that’s why PHL is still owned by the city of Philadelphia.