Newsletter for Monday, June 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Flags fly proudly during Philly’s Pride Parade on Sunday; photo via @nathanshadle on Instagram.
WEST PHILLY WATER MAIN BREAK: 10 MILLION GALLONS PUMP OUT
A 130-year-old cast-iron pipe burst Sunday morning on the 5100 block of Wyalusing Avenue, sending 10 million gallons of water cascading through city streets. Basically, the damage looks like that of a hurricane: Silt in basements, cars literally swamped, asphalt crumbling, etc. Houses were condemned because of the damage but there’s no estimate yet on how many, and the perpetually beleaguered Department of Licensing and Inspections just got an early summer stress test it didn’t need. Details on the water main break from The Inquirer and the Daily News.
DINER EN BLANC: WHY PHILLY’S POP-UP PICNIC IS LOVED AND LOATHED
Philadelphia’s version of Diner en Blanc is the most successful outside Paris, where it was begun a quarter-century ago. It has its adherents, like Fox 29 morning show host Mike Jerrick, who confided to Billy Penn: “I know it is annoying, pretentious, and a bit elitist but what the hell. It is a form of performance art.” But it definitely has its detractors, among them Philebrity‘s Joey Sweeney — to wit: “If you were a mediocre student in high school French, there is a decent chance that you could directly translate the very phrase ‘Diner en Blanc’ as ‘white privilege.’ And the thing is, in this case, you would not be totally wrong.” Yeah, it’s complicated.
TO DO: LEARN ABOUT GAY RIGHTS
WHAT: Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court, an exhibit chronicling the gay rights movement.
WHERE: The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
WHEN: 9:30 AM – 5 PM
HOW MUCH: $14.50 for general admission (includes exhibit)
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE NY TIMES ON MO’NE DAVIS’ SUMMER VACATION
Mo’ne Davis is famous. She made Sports Illustrated, met Barack Obama and has her own book. And as famous people do, now she’s going on a tour. But this isn’t just tour for exhibition. It’s a civil rights tour. Davis and her teammates on the Anderson Monarchs (several of whom played for Taney last year in the Little League World Series) will spend a few weeks in late June and early July playing baseball and visiting landmarks of the movement. On the itinerary: Little Rock Central High School, the Birmingham church where a bomb killed four black girls, the bridge in Selma and Medgar Evers’ house. Mo’ne told Frank Bruni of the New York Times she’s excited to see up close the history of people “who put their lives out there and got beaten so we could have the freedom we have.”
ICYMI: 8 CELEBRITY OUT-OF-TOWN CHEFS SHARE PHILLY FOOD SECRETS
Philly is brimming with great casual food that doesn’t necessarily come with a table, much less silverware. Last year, Billy Penn asked eight local chefs to name their favorites, and came up with a list full of insider tips. As a follow-up — and also kind of an experiment into which places industry out-of-towners actually know about — we took advantage of the Vetri Great Chefs Event to ask kitchen stars from around the country for their Philly picks.