Newsletter for Monday, June 29
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PSA: It’s still hammock season at Spruce Street Harbor Park; photo via @erinkelly716 on Instagram.
HELP US NAME THE ULTIMATE PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD
In March, you chose Mike Schmidt as Philadelphia’s ultimate athlete. Now, we’re taking on one of the other most-debated topics in Philadelphia, one about pride, friends and family: the neighborhoods. Billy Penn and Fox 29 will let readers and viewers decide the ultimate Philadelphia neighborhood through an online bracket over the next few weeks. Before we open the bracket for voting next week, we need your help filling it out. Here’s how to pitch in now.
WHY A PHILLY DINER NAMED A BREAKFAST SPECIAL ‘SCALIA IS A DOUCHE’
Over the weekend, Sam’s Morning Glory Diner ran a pair of specials that sold out faster than any dish in the South Philly restaurant’s 17-year history. It wasn’t the ingredients that made them a hit. It was their titles, which referenced the Supreme Court’s historic June 26 ruling that the right to same-sex marriage is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. So what went into the “Antonin Scalia is a Douche” and “The Supreme Court Finally Got It Right?” Some very personal stories of tragedy and triumph from the diner’s management.
TO DO: THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
WHAT: Wawa is letting everyone in to the Franklin Institute, featuring a book-reading by Mayor Nutter and special activities as part of the Welcome America festivities
WHERE: 222 N. 20th St.
WHEN: 9:30 AM – 5 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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TOP PHILLY CONCIERGES REVEAL THEIR PICKS FOR TOURISTS
If the world hasn’t already heard about Philadelphia, it will soon. Thanks to the global attention brought by #PopeInPhilly and the DNC (not to mention the Dalai Lama’s visit, the Craft Brewers Conference and a host of other top-level events happening within the next year and a half), the City of Brotherly Love is in the international spotlight. So what do all these vacationing out-of-towners see and do when they come? For many, it’ll be guided by information provided by the hotel where they stay — and the experts employed specifically to hand out that advice. Billy Penn caught up with concierges at six top Philadelphia hotels to find out what scoops they’re giving visitors.
ICYMI: WE WENT INTO BART BLATSTEIN’S T STREET
Atlantic City has a new nightlife venue, and it’s huge, unique and generally pretty cool, as Jersey Shore spots go. After less than a month of whirlwind construction, T Street is now open. The renovated 90,000-square-foot space is the first phase of Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein’s remake of a failed oceanfront mall into The Playground. (The name is a play on AC’s longtime tagline, “America’s Favorite Playground.”) Set on a jetty that shoots out over the Boardwalk and into the water in front of the casinos, the structure was formerly known as the Pier Shops at Caesars. Here’s why Blatstein is betting on a party — and not gambling — as part of A.C.’s turnaround.