Philly Free Streets is returning for a third year, the city announced Friday, cutting a car-free zone through the heart of the city — and bringing attention to a commercial corridor on the rise. North Broad Street will be the site of the 2018 event, which thrills Shalimar Thomas, executive director of the nonprofit North Broad Renaissance. From 8 a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, from City Hall all the way up to Erie, both sides of Broad will be closed to traffic, offering an eight-mile round trip of roadway for biking, walking and playing. The route is wider and straighter than last year's zig-zag from Old City through North Philly. It also has Max's Cheesesteaks, beckoning at the north end.
On Thursday night, ten and a half weeks after a four-alarm fire struck Old City, Chestnut Street between Third and Second was finally reopened to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The move followed progress in the cleanup after the Feb. 18 blaze: crews took down the irreparable building at 239 Chestnut St. (storing its preserved cast-iron facade off-site), moved two cranes blocking surrounding roads and are fencing off remaining dangerous structures. Business owners on the block were excited Friday afternoon, as the road closure had been bad for business. “I’m dancing in the street,” Stephanie Reitano, owner of Capofitto, told Billy Penn. “For once, it’s nice to have to dodge cars.”
Latin American music and styles of dance have exploded in the United States recently, and Philly hasn't been immune to the fever. There are enough places offering salsa, merengue, bachata, kizomba, tango, reggaeton, casino and mambo that you can shake it every night of the week if you want — but the scene still flies mostly under the radar. Maybe because there's not really a central place to find info. Bam, now there is. Here's your definitive guide to Latin dance in Philly, with 22 options for where to go.
Last autumn, Maker Media founder Dale Dougherty visited and testified before City Council. Ever since then, a group of volunteers have been planning a Maker Faire for Philadelphia — the famed one-day creative tech show has been around 12 years, but never come to Philly before. The details are now in place for a June 24 event at Pennovation Works in Grays Ferry. The nonprofit event, which is sponsored by TechGirlz, NextFab and others, will be a mix of startups, artists, inventors, displays and hands-on exhibits designed to inspire people of all ages to take innovation into their own hands. Organizers are currently seeking additional exhibitors.
Throughout the weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday, Jane's Walk Philadelphia tours will take place across the city, thanks to organization by urban planning and preservation expert Ashley Hahn. Choose from dozens of locales, from Strawbery Mansion to Olney, Manayunk to Fishtown. No need to pre-register, just show up.
Where: Locations around Philadelphia
When: May 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to May 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free