Last week, just before the June 6 deadline, Gov. Wolf signed a bill into law and it's official: Pennsylvania will become compliant with the REAL ID Act. If the state hadn't acted, residents would have faced the possibility that their driver's licenses wouldn't be valid ID for boarding planes. How REAL ID will be implemented is still up in the air, but one thing's for sure — if you want one, you're gonna have to make a trip to the DMV. And because the number of centers could be reduced to help deal with the cost of the program, lines could be even longer than normal.
The city is committed to making Philly IDs a real thing. The city has partnered with Temple Law School’s Sheller Center for Social Justice to research what the program will need to launch. The point? To provide official identification to people in communities that have trouble getting state or federal IDs. Some say it's what makes a place a true "sanctuary city" — New Haven, Conn., already issues them, as do Detroit and Chicago. Like Philly, Dallas and Boston are currently considering it, because the idea comes with some big questions. For example: What happens to the identifying material previously undocumented people provide to the city, and could it be used against them?
Even if you prefer to spend your time horizontal on a towel, there’s just something about being at the beach that makes food taste better. Pack a picnic? Hey, you’re on vacation. From hoagies at a 40-year-old deli in Brigantine to seaside delivery in Ocean City to fancy PB&J in Cape May, here's a rundown of the best grab-and-go eats in 14 towns along the southern Jersey Shore.
So yeah, Hop Sing Laundromat turned five last week. And yeah, infamous proprietor Lê held a pretty rocking party in celebration. Somehow, our editor and one of our reporter/curators scored an invite, and got to check out the inside of the renowned but mysterious Chinatown bar. In celebration of Lê's sneaker ban repeal, there was even a cake shaped like an Air Jordan — wait, make that shaped like an Air Pyongyang.
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Brothers Eric and Ryan Berley are getting ready to open a third storefront beside their Old City parlor and candy shop, and apparently it will sell ice cream bars. Not just any bars, of course — ones made with Franklin Fountain sweet cream coated with Shane Confectionery chocolate. Get a preview at this pop-up. All veterans get $1 off for Memorial Day.
Where: Shane Confectionery at 110 Market St. 19106
When: May 29, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
What's the deal with cold brew? What about coffee ice cubes? Which roasts or origins make the best cup iced versus hot? The experts at this South Philly cafe will lead you through demos, tastings and discussion to help you determine your personal favorite cold coffee methodology. You'll go home with recipes and plenty of buzz.
Where: Function Coffee Labs at 1001 S. 10th St. 19147
When: May 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $35
Drug abuse nonprofit Prevention Point and sexual health advocacy group Project SAFE are teaming with art collaborative PHL Assembled for a resource sharing and storytelling cookout. Share your tales, find sources for help (or how you can help others) and enjoy free BBQ.
Where: Prevention Point at 2913 Kensington Ave. 19134
When: May 28, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
There's lots of Philly Beer Week events worth attending from June 1 to June 11, but this kick-off event has gotten better every year. The Fishtown concert hall doesn't get too crazy crowded and lets you stay in the great hall or explore other rooms. What are you looking for? Just samples from 40 or so beers, including some one-off specialties, plus food from Wolfgang Puck Catering, a souvenir cup and plenty of fun action on stage.
Where: The Fillmore at 26 E. Allen St. 19125
When: June 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $46
For the 10th year running, kids art nonprofit NL Arts is hosting an evening scavenger hunt at Liberty Lands Park. There'll be family-friendly activities, prizes for teams who finish first or get the most points, and a raffle for other gifts. Pizza and adult beverages will be served.
Where: Liberty Lands Park at 926 N. American St. 19123
When: June 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go