Happy Park(ing) Day! The annual tradition of turning parking spots into pop-up parks and plazas is back, with more than 50 locations in the city for you to walk through and relax in. Here's a map of all the temporary parks you should check out today, plus our weekly roundup of parking tweets.
The long-discussed renovation of the swing bridge is nearing a construction date. When complete, it will let pedestrians and cyclists cross the Schuylkill from the Grays Ferry Crescent over to Bartram’s Mile. Joseph Syrnick, president and CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, said crews should begin work by March. The bridge, which originally received funding in 2015 but was caught up in bureaucratic delays, should be ready by the end of 2019. Here's why the bridge is important and why it could help gain support for connecting the Schuylkill Banks from Center City all the way to South Philly.
Philly’s always been a destination for class trips and American Revolution buffs. But over the past couple of decades, it’s evolved into a serious hot spot for travelers of all kinds. In our September edition of Who’s Next, we’ll be highlighting the young people who help keep the momentum going. Maybe they’re a concierge who excels at pointing out-of-towners in the right direction. An illustrator who creates cool guide maps to the city. A key staffer at one of the area’s various tourism boards. Or an Old City tour guide who has the spiel down pat — and doesn’t even include too much spurious info along the way. Know someone who should be on our list? Submit nominations by the end of the day.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said last week the Eagles are "basically" a young team. Well, basically, he's wrong. They're the 10th-oldest team in the NFL, and while many of the important players are young (hello Carson Wentz), the roster as a whole isn't. Last year we looked at every Philly athlete and ranked them by age, and with Lurie's comments we thought this was a good time to revisit that. Are the Eagles older than the rebuilding Phillies? Which is the oldest team in the city? How many players in Philly are over 30? How many are under 20? Guess, then click here to see if you're right.
Philly AIDS Thrift is celebrating its 12-year anniversary and $2 million milestone with a block party this Saturday. DJ Robert Drake will spin all day, and there will be special appearances from a sword-swallowing clown, the West Philadelphia Orchestra and local celebrities sitting in the dunk tank. There will be food trucks, fun for kids and pay-as-you-go beer and wine.
Where: Philly AIDS Thrift at 710 S 5th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
When: September 16, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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Please take all our money. A T.J. Maxx was already in the works for the new development on East Market Street, but bargain lovers will soon be able to get the Maxx for the minimum on Columbus Boulevard in South Philly too. You know what else is coming to South Philly? HomeGoods. That's right, a HomeGoods practically next to IKEA. So long, random trips to Jersey and/or
Franklin Philadelphia Mills for throw pillows! Get your Pinterest boards ready, Philly.
Did you know that outdoor cafés were not legal here until 1995? According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, that's when the al fresco boom began, with now more than 5,800 outdoor seats at 358 different businesses just in Center City. Add in all the CCD's parks and plazas and there's nearly 7,000 outdoor seats from river to river. But what if you don't want to go out? What if you're super lazy and like to stay in? It's getting colder outside and there's Netflix, you know? We know. And so does Postmates, which announced they're now offering beer delivery in the city. See, something for everyone.