Newsletter for Friday, July 24
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A view from above as artist JR works on a new mural in Center City; via @muralarts on Instagram.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SHADY MCCOY PLANS A ‘FEMALES ONLY’ PARTY IN PHILLY
Former Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy posted an Instagram Thursday advertising an upcoming “females only” private event he’s hosting at a secret location in Philly this weekend. The one-time Eagle who was traded to the Buffalo Bills in the offseason has since deleted the Instagram and corresponding tweets after journalists started realizing what happens when you RSVP: Attendees are asked to provide a photo ahead of time, sign confidentiality paperwork and agree to a secret pick-up and drop-off location as well as “attire.” The odd and kinda creepy requirements set off social media backlash against the running back and prompted a Bills statement; here’s how it all went down.
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE WANTS TO REP ‘PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE’
Melissa Murray Bailey is running for mayor in a city with a 7 to 1 Democrat to Republican registration ratio against Jim Kenney, a former city councilman with a boatload of union support and all the political connections he could need. Murray Bailey doesn’t have any of that background. She knows she’s a longshot candidate in a city where a Republican hasn’t been mayor since before the Vietnam War. But Murray Bailey has still managed to make some waves. Billy Penn sat down with Murray Bailey in Headhouse Square this week to talk about education, jobs and what it means to be a Republican in a Democrat-controlled city like Philadelphia. Here’s our conversation.
LET’S TALK ABOUT TOILETS: WHY THERE MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH FOR THE POPE VISIT
It’s been said that there will be about 3,600 toilets and urinals along the Parkway, enough for a ratio of one toilet for every 250 people if nearby businesses and public restrooms help make up the difference. Sound like not nearly enough? That could certainly be the case. Organizers are banking on the difference being made up by area businesses and public restrooms — but we’ve found some of those businesses aren’t planning to open their doors to non-paying Papal guests.
Drink Philly and the Independence Seaport Museum are reopening the Tall Ships Tavern for the remainder of the summer and will continue to host the second-story beer garden through Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy waterfront views as well as craft beer and cocktails. This weekend, you can check out the "Small Ships Festival" which will feature a fleet of model ships from the Philadelphia Ship Model Society alongside the World’s Smallest Rubber Duck.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum at 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: July 24, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: However much you want to spend on food and drink
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MEET THE PHILLY TRANSPLANT WHO WANTS TO SAVE OUR OLD BUILDINGS
When Philadelphia’s Historical Commission announced two weeks ago that St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Fishtown would be added to the city’s register of historic buildings, Oscar Beisert could finally relax. The 33-year-old architectural historian had written the 20-page application on behalf of the church and its parishioners and won. Yet the St. Laurentius win is an unusual one for Beisert, who’s been fighting similar preservation battles all across the city. Meet the man behind the mission.
THE BUTTON AT THE CROSSWALK IS PROBABLY NOT DOING ANYTHING
Sorry to ruin your childhood with this, but the little button by the crosswalk that’s supposed to turn the traffic light from green to red is maybe (probably) just for placebo effect. Keystone Crossroads took a look at the buttons and even though engineers say they *should* work, tests show otherwise. The lights change after the same amount of time, every single time.