Newsletter for Tuesday, May 26 sponsored by the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Sunsets look pretty great from Spruce Street Harbor Park. Photo via @phillynightowl on Instagram.
GOOD TO KNOW THIS L&I GLITCH FOR NEW & RENOVATED PROPERTIES
The city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections maybe let about 500 new and renovated properties open without inspection, according to The Inquirer today. Why? A glitch in the system of “holds,” which was how the department kept track of which properties had been inspected during construction. If a contractor didn’t pay fines or the work wasn’t inspected properly, the building wasn’t issued a certificate of occupancy (and that means people aren’t supposed to live there). But hey! Contractors just kept working and some of those buildings are open today. Money quote: “It’s possible people are living in buildings that were never inspected because of holds, and we’ll never know if it’ll come back to haunt them.”
THE PIER 34 COLLAPSE HAPPENED 15 YEARS AGO
Fifteen years ago last week, a Friday night party was in full swing at a new, open air nightclub called “Heat” that sat on a pier overlooking the Delaware River. That evening — May 18, 2000 — Pier 34 collapsed under its own weight, sending the nightclub plunging into the water, killing those three women and injuring dozens of others. The incident set off a firestorm of lawsuits, criminal charges and finger-pointing; here’s a look back at the collapse and the fallout.
TO DO: DRINK BEER AND TALK RUGBY
WHAT: The Collegiate Rugby Championship Kick-Off Event
WHERE: Tir Na Nog, 16th & Arch streets
WHEN: 5-7 PM
HOW MUCH: Free (early birds get a free drink and appetizers)
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THE BIG SUMMER MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL GUIDE
It seems like there’s at least one festival going on every weekend in the Philadelphia summer. From music to art to neighborhood festivals, entertainment is not hard to come by here. And with other East Coast destinations beckoning a few hours away, you can easily skip town for a day or two and attend other festivals. Here is Billy Penn’s guide to the top summer festivals in Philadelphia and beyond.
DAY TRIPS: WHAT TO DO IN CAPE MAY
Cape May is your stop for just about everything when it comes to the Jersey Shore, not the least of which is luxury and tranquility. Being the farthest point on the Jersey Shore has kept away some of the crowds and noise requisite with many other beach locations. The Travel Channel calls Cape May the “aristocrat of beaches.” For the first in Billy Penn‘s Daytrips series, we looked at what to hit up the next time you’re in Cape May.