Toll Brothers has almost doubled the size of the shadow it’s planning to cast over Jewelers Row — its planned apartment tower will now reach 29 stories instead of the original 16, the company says. Mayor Jim Kenney called the radically changed proposal “deeply disturbing,” adding that while the city couldn’t stop the project, he’s hoping to see “serious recommendations” from the city’s Civic Design Review Board. Here's what a Toll Bros. spokesperson told us about the new plan.
On Friday, the computer science expert whose opinions catapulted presidential election recounts into the national spotlight admitted in a federal courtroom in Philadelphia that there’s no evidence PA voting systems were hacked. An expert witness for the GOP called a hack about as likely as aliens living among us. But that didn't stop lawyers for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein from pressing ahead with their quest — on which the federal judge plans to rule by Monday morning.
If you're looking for a PA politician this weekend, chances are you'll find them in New York City attending the annual Pennsylvania Society. The name sounds intimidating, but the “invitation only” warning attached to most of these “gilded soirees” is really more of a suggestion. Here's a guide to crashing the parties from Billy Penn's Mark Dent — who speaks from experience. Last night he hit up Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman's shindig, which filled Jay Z's swank 40/40 Club with ~country music~.
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East Passyunk's second annual ice festival features a series of carvings up and down the avenue. There's activities for kids, cocktail discounts for adults, and it all culminates in a pro carving contest situated right between Pat's and Geno's.
Where: Various locations at East Passyunk Ave.
When: December 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
How much: Free
This Midtown Village boutique flew in one of the artists that creates its affordable hand-painted works of art. Visit the shop to see her at work and find out more about her technique.
Where: Carré D'Artistes at 104 S. 13th St. 19107
When: December 10, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to December 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
This event is hosted by a group called the Philly Skeptics, so don't worry about too much baloney. Instead, join an engineer featured on the History Channel's "UFO Hunters" and others to talk about how scientists approach the question of extraterrestrial life, from the Fermi Paradox to the Drake Equation and more.
Where: Front Street Cafe at 1253 N. Front St. 19122
When: December 10, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay-as-you-go food & drink
Racist graffiti was spray-painted on a car and houses in the area around Nebinger School, so supporters are responding to the hateful acts with art and messages of love and inclusion. Chalk will be provided or feel free to bring your own. Expect discounts on hot chocolate, too.
Where: Shot Tower Coffee at 542 Christian St.
When: December 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Toast to a decade of wine-centric gifts and goodies with a variety of five-sip flights throughout the afternoon. Choose the traditional tasting, premium tasting or new cider tasting, and get some holiday shopping done, too.
Where: Pinot Boutique at 227 Market St. 19106
When: December 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $8-$12 per flight