At 7:36 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Mayor Kenney tweeted Trump a conciliatory message. “Congratulations, President Elect Trump,” he wrote. “Can I get with you sometime? Would love to see the TTower in person. #Makeitwork!” It's a shift from the mayor's previous tone, which had poked fun at the then-GOP nominee. What gives? Kenney wants a sit-down — and figured he'd try the incoming president's favorite method of communication to ask for it.
The landlord who’s selling three buildings to the suburban developers Toll Brothers for their proposed 29-story condo tower on Jewelers Row works in a store with no flashy signage, tucked toward the back of a building across the street from where the high-rise would be. Asked why he’s selling, he insists that the project will help the Row, not hurt it. But that’s not the whole story.
It’s been more than three years since the state accepted applications to build a second casino in the city, and more than a year since the winner of that application faced concerns about racist business practices. But construction still hasn’t started on the nine-acre plot of South Philly land that’s set to become Live! Philadelphia, because developers, owners and other stakeholders are waiting on the court system to make up its mind.
On the Calendar
If you've been hanging on to your fir — either because you're not ready to accept the holidays are over or because you didn't want to toss it in with the trash — today's the day to drop it off. The city is accepting trees for recycling at nearly two dozen locations, and civic associations are accepting at additional spots.
Where: Various locations at various addresses around Philly
When: January 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Join Ma'idah Catering & Cupcake Junkies for its second pop-up event, featuring a New Year's feast of hot Belgian-style waffles and crunchy fried chicken.
Where: Philly's House of Music & Entertainment at 818 South St. 19147
When: January 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $30 adults, $15 kids
Bring the family and discover all the ways the ancient Maya adorned themselves, then get hands on and carve an ancient-inspired emblem to ink onto your own body.
Where: Penn Museum at 3260 South St. 19104
When: January 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $15 adults, $10 kids
Of course the annual No Pants Subway Ride falls on the coldest weekend of winter so far — it wouldn't be as fun otherwise! All you need to participate is two things: 1) willingness to take your pants off on the subway and 2) ability to keep a straight face about it. There's also an after-party at Lucha Cartel.
Where: Meet at the Clothespin at 15th & Market streets
When: January 8, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
How much: Free
The organizers are skeptical at the idea that this is going to be a better year than the last ("That is ridiculous") but at least we can all laugh about it together. Drink specials include $3 beers and $5 citywides.
Where: Fergie's Pub at 1214 Sansom St. 19107
When: January 8, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free show, pay-as-you-go food and drink