Come the new year, PHL Taxi and Freedom Taxi will operate under the 215-Get-a-Cab brand and their fleets will be available in an improved mobile app. All to compete with ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft. "When you have an unfettered or unlimited fleet like Uber or Lyft, which could have 40,000 cars at any given time, how do you compete," Freedom owner Everett Abitbol asked. "And the way you compete is by density." If you've been in a cab recently, you might've noticed some of the changes underway. Here's everything you need to know, courtesy of this exclusive from the Business Journal.
Six Philadelphia narcotics officers were charged in 2014 for stealing and extorting money, dangling one suspect over a high rise balcony and beating several others. They were all found not guilty, and got their jobs back. End of story, right? Nope. More than 1,000 criminal cases the officers helped build have been tossed, and the city is paying millions to settle police misconduct suits stemming from their actions. Here's why people are getting payouts despite the not guilty verdicts.
The Six Million Jewish Martyrs statue has sat at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since 1964, serving as Philadelphia’s memorial to Holocaust. At the time, it was the first such public monument in the country. But the structure’s getting a massive facelift, and — if all goes smoothly through the construction process — it’ll be transformed into the Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza by next year. The $7 million project will break ground today. Here's what you can expect in the newest addition to the Parkway.
LeBron James spent the day Monday answering questions about Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the young Sixers, then spent last night taking them to school, scoring 30 and adding 13 boards and 6 assists in the Cavs' 113-91 win. LeBron looked great on the court in Philly, which is why the Sixers should be pushing for James to leave Cleveland next season and come here permanently. He shares an agent with Ben Simmons. His business partner was sitting with the Sixers owner last night. This would be the perfect team for him. We map out how The Process has been building to just that — getting LeBron to Philly.
Of course Mayfair's Grey Lodge Pub would be the place to host an all-Philadelphia-themed Quizzo night. Anyone's welcome to join, just make sure you bone up on your Philly sports, history, culture and anything else this fair city has to offer.
Where: Grey Lodge Pub at 6235 Frankford Ave. 19135
When: November 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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OK, so the theme at the downstairs bar at Keen is "sexy rainstorm." Sounds like it could be kitsch central, but it actually works. The new Rittenhouse restaurant celebrates its grand opening today and we got a sneak peek of the menu. Check out the photos so you can decide ahead of time what to order. Most dishes are $10 - $15. Get other menu previews, drink reviews and bar/restaurant openings delivered right to your inbox by signing up for our New Philly Food and Drink story.
Between Penn's Landing and Dilworth Park, Philly is killing it with cozy winter vibes. But if you're more about the skating than the snowflake lights and holiday snacks, you might want to hit up one of the city's public ice rinks. Which have free skating. Repeat: free ice skating. Here's the public skate schedule for all five facilities.