Philadelphia's most notable landmark is a broken bell, but the first Liberty Bell — the one with the giant crack that's now proudly on display for tourists and school kids to silently stare at — isn't the only official bell. In 1950 the United States commissioned a series of 54 replica bells to be given to each state and U.S. territory to ring on American holidays. We spoke to a couple of Liberty Bell seekers, including one originally from Philly who has seen more than 25 bells and another who's seen all but one...in France. Yep, the replica bells were cast in France and you can still buy one from the original foundry for a cool $75,000. Here's the story of Liberty's 55 famous bells.
Speaking of Philly landmarks, the Rocky statue has been in the news way too much this season. First, the area around the statue was off-limits for much of the NFL Draft. Now, Philly Parks & Rec announced the statue will be off limits for photographs again, for two weeks, "so that site improvements can be made." Don't worry, though. Tell your tourist friends coming to town that unlike during the draft, they can still run the steps.
Hey baby, tell us your street harassment story. Because you can't walk to the subway without someone making kissy noises. Because biking to work in a skirt means at least two filthy comments from dudes. Because some guy called you a bitch when you didn't smile. Because when we asked people to talk about street harassment a guy told us it's "non-problem feminist garbage." Billy Penn wants to do more coverage on Philly's pervasive street harassment problem. But first we want some data. Share your stories here (we won't use them without contacting you first for permission).
The end has come the Center City's late-night fave, which is being displaced to make way for a hotel tower, and owner Pete Koutroubas is going out with a blast. An all-day block party in the alley next to the diner will feature free Greek food, live music, dancing and likely more than a few tears.
Where: Little Pete's at 219 S. 17th St. 19103
When: May 30, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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What do you do with leftover croissant dough? If you're Bonnie Noll at Vanilya Bakery, you brainstorm and brainstorm and come up with a brilliant answer: Make it into pretzels! Seriously though, this isn't just another trendy mashup — we tried it, and it's a totally unique and truly delicious snack. Think PA Dutch-style pretzel, but as if Auntie Anne just dropped 50 lbs. Head to East Passyunk to see for yourself.
There's a new upscale cocktail bar coming to West Passyunk Ave., and in addition to pouring great cocktails without a long wait and serving an all-day menu of Southern comfort brunch food, it's got a bigger mission: To unite East Passyunk with its western counterpart as one big food and drink destination. Billy Hines, who's consulted on cocktail menus all over the city, is the barman behind The Thirsty Soul, which is targeting a late 2017 launch.
Hall & Oates + Tears For Fears + Dietz & Watson = HoagieNation. The live concert at Festival Pier was one of many MDW events in Philly for those keen on staying in town and away from the beach. The show also featured Vivian Green, G. Love & Special Sauce and Schoolly D, among others. NewsWorks has a slideshow from the event and 6ABC has video.