Newsletter for Thursday, June 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philly from 57 floors up: This is the new observation deck at One Liberty Place. Photo via @kylehuff on Instagram.
POPE VISIT: PHILLY COULD BE THE 3RD BIGGEST U.S. CITY
If the two million people the city is expecting to come here to see Pope Francis actually show up in September, Philadelphia will briefly become the third-largest city in America, bested only by New York and Los Angeles. And there’s a chance the number could be even higher than that. Mayor Michael Nutter, during a preliminary planning update Tuesday, said the city is expecting anywhere between one and two million people will make the trip into the city for the Papal visit on the weekend of Sept. 26.
ULTIMATE FRISBEE: PHILLY PRO SPORTS’ BEST-KEPT SECRET
Ultimate Frisbee, called simply “Ultimate” by those who play because the word “Frisbee” is trademarked, has grown up in the last decade. Major League Ultimate was established in 2013 and that’s when Philly got its inaugural squad. That led to a growing number of high schools and colleges with teams that travel around the country to play the game — and Philly’s own Spinners are proud owners of a 5-3 record.
TO DO: BYO WINE NIGHT AT THE ROXY FOR MEAN GIRLS
WHAT: Watch Lindsay Lohan’s best work and the Roxy will uncork your wine for you. Grool.
WHERE: Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom St. 19103
HOW MUCH: $12 general admission with uncorking
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SOMERTON: CHRIS MATTHEWS, FARMLAND, AND THE AWFUL STORIES FROM BYBERRY
Somerton is about as far away from Center City you can get and still be in Philadelphia. And that’s part of the appeal. Somerton has gone from a rural to suburban feel but has always been in Philadelphia, lending it an atmosphere unavailable in many areas of the city. From Chris Matthews to the Byberry mental hospital, the latest edition in Billy Penn’s neighborhood postcard project is the story of Somerton.
FLAT BILLY: MAKE YOUR VACATION PIX A LITTLE MORE PHILLY
It’s time for vacation. Maybe that means your annual week down the shore, the best chair at your neighborhood pool or a trip abroad. Wherever you go this summer, take a little bit of Philly with you. Remember that Flat Stanley thing your fourth-grade cousin mailed you in 1997? It’s kinda like that, but we don’t care if you learn anything. We just want your photos.