Newsletter for Monday, July 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This fire hydrant water fountain in Kensington cools off the street with rainbows as a bonus; photo via @kenzocrat on Instagram.
IS THIS THE SECURITY AREA FOR THE POPE’S VISIT?
Holy traffic mess: A Reddit user uploaded what sure looks like the areas that will be restricted during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families. And wow, that’s something else: Note the large swath of the city (river to river!) where no vehicles (including buses!) will be allowed. Now, nobody’s saying yet whether this is the real thing, but it sure matches warnings we’ve heard from the city about who can move around during His Holiness’s stop here. We’ll keep updating what we know about the visit, and what we don’t, so you can follow along easily.
POLICE PROBE QUEEN VILLAGE TIRE SLASHING SPREE
It was a rough Sunday morning for car owners in Queen Village. Some 18 vehicles had their tires slashed, according to Channel 6. Police say the cars were parked in the 800 block of Swanson and the 100 block of Queen; some still had flat tires last night. There’s no word of a suspect, or whether anyone caught the vandal on video.
If your work hours aren't strictly 9 to 5, or if you work in the hospitality industry, you probably rarely get to take advantage of happy hour. Fix that with a special weekly Monday night deal session at this bar across from the Square, which will by this hour be empty of Rittenhouse high and mighty and ready for some fun. Bartender Paul MacDonald will be shaking special drinks to go with a menu of $4 snacks.
Where: a.bar at 18th & Walnut streets
When: July 27, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. to July 28, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE ULTIMATE PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD FINAL FOUR
Thousands of you have voted in the Fox 29/ Billy Penn Ultimate Philly Neighborhood Bracket, and you’ve helped us whittle it down from 32 contenders to just these four. We’re now down to two Philly neighborhoods (Manayunk and Roxborough), one town from the PA ‘burbs (Media) and one from South Jersey (Cherry Hill). Voting is open now; make it count.
STORIES BEHIND ICONIC SIGNS ON SOUTH BROAD
The stretch of South Broad that runs between Oregon and Washington is officially known as the “Avenue of the States,” and flags from all 50 U.S. states hang from lampposts along the strip. More interesting than those banners (which are sometimes there and sometimes not) are the antique lettered marquees and neon signs that adorn several of the street’s historic buildings. Here’s a photo tour of nine of the most iconic, with a brief background about the shops they call out.