Newsletter for Tuesday, June 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The City of Philadelphia flag at half-staff in honor of Beau Biden, who was an assistant prosecutor and a Penn grad. Photo via our own Instagram.
AFTER FAILED CITY COUNCIL BID, ORI FEIBUSH SAYS HE’S BROKE
After losing the 2nd District Council election, Ori Feibush went back to work at his real estate office on South Street for the first time in six months facing a new reality. He’ll no longer be the powerful, sometimes controversial developer he worked to become for several years. His days of investing large sums of his own money to develop row homes in South Philly, of pestering city officials about vacant lots and of contributing to community organizations and charities are finished. He’s a real estate agent. And a broke one at that. “The reality of the situation is I can’t do what I was doing before,” Feibush tells Billy Penn.
TRANS WORLD HEALTH CONFERENCE IS THIS WEEK IN PHILLY
The world’s largest transgender health conference takes place this week in Philadelphia, days after Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. With more than 200 workshops and sessions with titles ranging from “Safe Schools for Trans Students,” to “Polyamory and trans communities in the Ukraine,” and “DIY: Creative Masturbation Tools for Transmasculine Individuals,” here’s a brief overview of what to expect from this conference and who it’s intended to help.
DUCK BOATS 101: WHY THEY’RE STILL RUNNING
On May 8, a Ride the Ducks boat struck and killed a tourist from Texas during Friday evening rush hour. Elizabeth Karnicki, 68, was crossing the street against the light while reading a tablet. This incident comes five years after an accident involving a duck boat on the Delaware River that killed two Hungarian tourists, who were 16 and 20 years old. It led to a $17 million lawsuit and criminal charges. Are duck boat accidents normal? And how are these vehicles regulated? Billy Penn explores the duck boats in Philly and the problems they’ve had.
TO DO: ‘BILL AND TED’ HISTORY AT THE FRANKLIN
WHAT: Programming inspired by the movie ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ — think Genghis Khan, Socrates, etc — with booze
WHERE: The Franklin, 222 N. 20th St.
WHEN: 7-10 PM
HOW MUCH: $15 / $10 for members
BILLY PENN LIKES
SUMMER WEATHER GEAR TIME FOR PHILLY’S TV NEWS REPORTERS
So the bomb cyclone and the polar vortex and the scary winter weather words aren’t happening in Philly anymore, and the best way for us to be finally certain that summer is here (besides the calendar) is by the fashion choices of our astute television reporters. The men on TV have folded up their team coverage uniforms in favor of dapper suits, and the ladies on TV are already favoring tank tops. But there was one summer weather outfit that has stuck out above all the rest, and it involves swimming goggles. Here are eight local TV reporters sporting the summer weather outfits.
PIZZERIA VETRI PREVIEW: LOBSTER PIZZA TILL 1 AM
Two things about Pizzeria Vetri, which opens in Rittenhouse this week: There’s a special pizza with lobster on it, and the restaurant will serve through 1 AM on weekends. The most casual concept of all Marc Vetri’s restaurants has been such a hit since it launched two years ago on Callowhill (across from the Barnes/behind the Free Library) that several more are planned. As soon as Vetri other half/COO Jeff Benjamin nails down leases, D.C. will host at least two new shops, and plans for other cities have also been set in motion. The first offshoot, though, is for us locals.