Public urination is a problem in SEPTA stations. You don't have to see it happen to know — you just have to catch a whiff. So last September, SEPTA began testing a new kind of deterrent: Liquid repellent, aka the same "paint that pees back" that's been adopted by other cities around the globe. But after 11 months, SEPTA hasn't been able to draw any conclusions about whether or not the coating made any difference.
If you were holding your breath that the Riverwards would get its brand new, European grocery store this year, don't. Lidl (pronounced LEE-dil) is a global discount supermarket chain based in Germany that feels a bit like the intersection of Aldi and Trader Joe's. An outpost is slated to open in Philly at some point within the next year. But officials with the massive grocery store chain, which purchased a four-acre plot of land in Port Richmond late last year, are keeping tight-lipped about when exactly the first Philadelphia location will open. And if what the site looks like now is any indication, that won't be soon.
Eagles long-time long snapper Jon Dorenbos — most famous for his run as a magician on America's Got Talent — was traded late Monday to the New Orleans Saints for a 2019 7th-round draft pick. Rather than be the ones to decide the 15-year veteran's NFL career is over, the Birds made Dorenbos disappear for next to nothing, giving him a good chance to hook on with the Saints. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie called Dorenbos "one of the most inspiring people I've ever known," while GM Howie Roseman said he hopes Dorenbos one day retires as an Eagle and rejoins the organization in some capacity. Watch one of his best magic tricks here.
The Philly Geek Awards were given out this past weekend and we got to be a part of it! In addition to presenting an award — peep all the amazing winners here — Billy Penn got to host the event's inaugural cosplay contest. From Wonder Woman to Doctor Strange to Team Rocket, check out some of the silliest and best costumes from the black-tie event. And the winner is...
If you like rosé, here's a great excuse to check out this newish tavern on West Girard. Sommelier Toya Woodland will lead participants through a tasting of pink wine from four different regions, and the ticket price includes food pairing snacks.
Where: 2637brew at 2637 W. Girard Ave. 19130
When: August 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15
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After Monday's 6-1 win, the Phillies have 49 victories this season (in 130 games) and 12 have come against the Braves. Aaron Nola gave up one run in 7 innings for the win, and red-hot Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. No, he didn't hit another homer, but the rookie upped his average to .309 with a ridiculous 1.237 OPS. After hitting 11 homers in his first 18 games, we looked at every at bat to figure out what he's been doing so right. It turns out, patience at the plate is everything.
Patrick Richardson Graham has owned the speciality bookstore Brickbat Books in Queen Village for a decade, but when he went in for a routine eye exam in 2015, he learned he had a cancerous tumor in his brainstem. Through treatment that left him with hearing and vision loss, Richardson Graham tried to continue running the shop, until it became too much. That's when his friends, customers and neighbors stepped in.