Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 25
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This is the “knotted grotto” outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, where thousands of prayers have been left hanging as Pope Francis’ visit draws near; photo via @connortd on Instagram.
THOUSANDS OF AIRBNB RENTALS STILL AVAILABLE
Nearly 6,000 AirBnb listings are still up for grabs in Philadelphia this weekend, including in the most popular neighborhoods to rent like Rittenhouse Square, University City, Graduate Hospital and Fishtown. And despite rumors people were planning to get thousands of dollars for their studio apartment in Center City, AirBnb spokeswoman Molly Graizzaro said the average price of booked listings for the weekend is around $100 per night. We talked to hosts about their struggle to rent their spaces, and what could be causing the problems.
MEDIA FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE HERE FOR FRANCIS
A media network from Iraq is credentialed to cover the Pope In Philly. Same with one from Israel, one from Slovakia and several from Vietnam. Our city should be flooded with international media over the next few days. At least 116 different media companies from countries outside of the United States have credentials to be here for Pope Francis’ visit. Here’s a look at some highlights from the international and domestic press covering the visit.
PAT TOOMEY ON IMMIGRATION, A ‘SAFER’ PHILLY AND ALL HIS OPPONENTS
Pat Toomey has a battle ahead of him. The Pennsylvania Senator has continuously been listed by national media and pundits as a Republican who’s in danger of losing his seat in 2016, and he doesn’t have the city support that state Democrats can enjoy. But the Dems in the state are all over the place about who they want to replace Toomey, and he’s leading them in polls by double digits as the 2016 primary draws nearer. Billy Penn spoke with Toomey, the state’s junior senator, about his campaign, his thoughts on immigration and how Philadelphia has changed since he entered office.
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8 THINGS TO DO BESIDES THE POPE STUFF
Pope Francis isn’t for everyone. Sure, there will be maybe millions of devout Catholics flooding our city this weekend to see him, but there are other options. For example, you can drink. You can speed-date. You can go on special walks and bike rides. You can binge on Netflix. The possibilities are truly endless. We picked eight of the alternative Pope events you can hit up this weekend.
WHAT THE POPE BEERS TASTE LIKE
Whatever you think of Pope Francis and the hoopla caused by his visit, anyone who likes trying new beers has reason to be thankful the leader of the Catholic Church on Earth decided to grace Philadelphia with his presence. A slew of new one-offs brewed in honor of the pontiff’s Philly trip have hit area bars, and at theBilly Penn event at the Pub on Passyunk East (aka the P.O.P.E.), we got an early sip of many of them. Check out our tasting notes right here.