Should Philly bars be allowed to stay open through 4 a.m.? It's not close to actually happening yet, but the possibility is on the table again thanks to a new bill put forth by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. The idea has been floated before, but never approved. And the people opposed aren't always who you'd think — barman Avram Hornik, who owns Morgan's Pier, Concourse Dance Bar and The Dolphin Tavern, told PlanPhilly it was "the worst idea [he'd] ever heard."
If you haven’t eaten at Pizzeria Beddia, it’s time to accept the reality that you probably never will. Joe Beddia is closing his renowned shop at the end of the month. Which means only eight days of Wednesday-through-Saturday service left (it's closed today). And that means lines are now starting to form in the middle of the day, around 1 p.m. — or earlier. If you don't make it over, take solace in knowing Pizzeria Beddia 2 is definitely in the plans.
Happy St. Paddy's Day! But don't spell it "Patty" — and don't put an "Irish Car Bomb" on your drink specials menu, either. If you're decorating with four-leaf clovers, you're being culturally dense. And did you know the national color of Ireland isn't green? We asked Damien Given, Irish born owner of SONA in Manayunk, to gently pick apart some myths around the annual celebration of Irishness.
In the spirit of St. Paddy's, here's a look at the neighborhood of Mantua, which was once called “Corktown.” At the beginning of the 20th century, that part of West Philly was largely occupied by Irish Catholic immigrants. But over the decades, many of them left the city for the suburbs, and the area went from being racially mixed to about 90 percent African American, which it remains today.
- In anticipation of the planned March for our Lives on March 24, the Philadelphia Youth Commission and Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee are co-hosting a discussion seminar where young people in Philly can talk about the impact of gun violence in their lives, and also connect to solutions and resources in the city.
- The event will start with an educational lecture, then break into smaller workshops to explore solutions. There will also be creative stations set up, so attendees can express themselves in artistic form.
- All Philadelphia youth are invited to attend for free. Also welcome: parents, teachers, school administrators and elected officials at the federal, state and local levels.
Where: South Philadelphia High School at 2101 S. Broad St., 19108
When: March 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration