Amazon is still considering where to build its second headquarters, so why not help Philly's chances with...a banner plane? The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, run by John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, paid for a plane to fly over Seattle for three hours on Friday. According to WHYY, the message it trailed was, "Amazon, pick Philly. Go Seahawks, Eagles." Go Seahawks? Right, because you wouldn't want to risk alienating Amazon brass who are fans of the local team, whom the Birds play Sunday night. Dougherty had already made a sports-related pitch to the tech giant: to Philly's initial proposal package he added jerseys from the Sixers, Eagles, Phillies and Flyers.
The Fishtown late-night drunk food scene just got a little slimmer. Shoo Fry, the "classy french fry bar" at 200 E. Girard Ave. has shut its doors. The Rittenhouse outpost of the poutinerie is still open and doing great, per co-owner Matt Baiada, who's on the hunt for a new location. As for the Fishtown space? It's available for sublease, in case you know any restaurateurs looking.
The Eagles head to Seattle with a chance to win the NFC East and stay ahead of the other contenders for home field advantage. There's a lot of reason so celebrate this year, and boy have the Eagles done a lot of that. If you missed any, we've ranked all of the team's celebrations, from silly dances by defensive linemen to hitting home runs to bowling to the electric slide. Here's a look at a lot of dancing Birds.
Christmas tree season is among us. Is it possible to get an impressive specimen home if you don't have a car? Yes. We run down the ways it's possible, including via SEPTA, Uber or Lyft (really!) and regular taxis (maybe).
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It's for a good cause — aiding the more than 100,000 residents displaced by the recent fires in Northern California — but the real reason to attend this fundraiser is the crazy-good selection of beer publican Tom Peters will be breaking out. It's the Philly debut of several West Coast faves, plus rare brews from Cantillon in Belgium and some unique beers made to celebrate Monk's 20th anniversary.
Where: Monk's Cafe at 264 S. 16th St., 19102
When: December 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go (cash only)
Make yourself and your kids happy at the same time with this special holiday brunch at South Street's authentic German bierhall. Tickets include all you can eat from a buffet stocked with roasted potatoes, eggs, roast pork, spatzle, schnitzel, fruit, pretzel-cinnamon french toast and more, plus a coffee and hot chocolate station. Choose from three seatings; Santa will be in the house from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz at 718 South St., 19147
When: December 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How much: $25 adults; $15 kids; Free under 3 years old
If you've already waded through the options at Christmas Village and the Made in Philadelphia market at City Hall (or would rather shop indoors), here's the chance to find more unique gifts. Upwards of 75 artisans will be presenting their wares, including jewelry, accessories, clothing, ornaments and art. Free admission, but voluntary donations benefit PAFA.
Where: PAFA Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad St.
When: December 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission
What traditions do families in the Netherlands look forward to during the winter holidays? How about in Kenya, or India, or China? This annual free festival lets you (and your kids) explore the different ways cultures around the globe celebrate the season, with interactive crafts, storytelling, music, facepainting and balloon animals.
Where: Penn Museum at 3260 South St., 19104
When: December 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
This ride will honor all those who've died while cycling, including Emily Fredricks, who was killed Nov. 28 while in the bike lane at 11th and Spruce streets. Wear black or somber colors.
Where: Rocky Steps at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 19130
When: December 3, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free