Newsletter for Monday, March 14
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The St. Patty’s Day Parade is just a little bit tamer than the Erin Express; photo via @hidden.mickey on Instagram.
SIGNS OF SPRING: POLICE SEIZE 53 ATVS AND DIRT BIKES
As soon as you cracked your windows to welcome an early Spring last week, Philly’s ATV riders were out zooming in the streets. NBC10 reports police were out Sunday cracking down on on the illegal quads and dirt bikes, trying to get ahead of the warm weather. They collected 53 vehicles in all, and arrested a driver on the Boulevard in the process. Check out these tips on what to do if you spot an ATV or dirt bike.
HOW IRISH PUBS BECAME PREVALENT IN PHILLY … AND ALL OVER THE WORLD
Philadelphia has the largest Irish population of any big city in the U.S. But Irish pubs aren’t just a Philly thing — they dominate global drinking culture. There are even Irish pubs in Nigeria and Irish pubs in Azerbaijan. The same can’t be said for a German beer hall or English brewpub or Scottish whisky bar. So how did Irish pubs take over the world? It’s all about good marketing and good cheer, and we traced it back to Guinness in the ’80s.
Why is Holly Riccardi's South Street West shop open on Monday, its usual day off? Because of the date — 3.14, aka pi, aka best excuse around to eat discounted slices of butterscotch bourbon pie.
Where: Magpie at 1622 South St. 19146
When: March 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $3.14 per slice
BILLY PENN LIKES
THIS NORTHEAST PHILLY KID INVENTED NYC’S BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH
In the longstanding rivalry between Philadelphia and its metropolitan neighbor to the north, here’s one for the home team: According to New York Magazine, the best breakfast sandwich in NYC is made by a guy from Northeast Philly. In its just-released “Best Of” issue, the bi-weekly journal shouted out the creation at Southside Coffee — a Brooklyn cafe co-owned by Philly expat Josh Sobel — as tops in their city. Billy Penn talked to Sobel about his Philly childhood and his culinary successes.
WHY AFTER-SCHOOL CHAOS IS SUDDENLY POPPING UP IN CENTER CITY
All eyes were on Dilworth Park last week when teenagers got into an after-school fight and police officers swarmed the area around 15th Street. The chaos was over as soon as it began, and seven people were arrested. Police have been stepping up patrols in recent months after one particularly busy day — 300 kids, three robberies and two acts of vandalism —that Ninth District Capt. Ray Convery referred to as the district’s D-Day. Here’s why so many Philly high schoolers are hanging out — and fighting — in Center City these days.