Comcast II has gone from concrete-filled hole in late 2014 to the tallest structure in the city, and it's nearly finished. All but three of the 60 stories have been closed off, 9,000 windows have been installed and the completed floors are already being turned into office space (still no slide, though). Here's details on progress and the timing for the topping off ceremony.
Get ready for some dancing in the streets. The sophomore edition of Philly Free Streets has just been announced, and this year's car-free path cuts a swath right through the heart of the urban grid. On October 28, seven miles of roads will be closed to all automobile traffic, and the route traces a north-south path that touches a much more diverse assortment of neighborhood's than last year's popular event. Check out the map and more details here.
Are you one of them? Hundreds of riders around the city are now the not-so-proud owners of multiple SEPTA Keys, mostly because the UX design of the kiosks is extremely confusing. It's that start screen that's the main problem, Plan Philly reports, which makes it easy to think you're refilling your card when really you're choosing to get a new one. A group led by local firm Think Company held a brainstorming session and came up with a 27-page report of recommendations for how to fix things. Turns out SEPTA is already working to implement some of them, and next week will pilot a new kiosk at 1234 Market St. If you try it, let us know how it goes.
Turns out one of the most-anticipated restaurants of summer won't actually open till fall, but at least the team behind TALK — the new Rittenhouse spot from the Marigold Kitchen partners — has released a few teases. Check out a few of the dishes planned for the Walnut Street restaurant, from carrot beignets to merguez wontons, and find out when the spot will finally open.
On the Calendar
This South Philly Mural Arts community center is hosting a day of postcard design and invites all people with immigrants or refugees in their family to contribute stories. The finished artworks will be part of a public installation to pop-up in Marconi Plaza this fall called Free Speech.
Where: Southeast by Southeast at 2106 S. 8th St. 19148
When: July 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
This Korean gastropub at the edge of Rittenhouse is toasting to two years in biz (in the former Tangier) with a special all-night happy hour. Score shots of soju (rice booze) for $2 a pop, plus $2 snacks like Korean fried chicken and pork belly ssam. Available in the dining room, bar or outdoor tables all weekend long.
Where: Southgate at 1801 Lombard St. 19146
When: July 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to July 30, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Brunch browsing at RTM just got a little bit sweeter: Waffles & Wedges will be setting up a weekly stall inside the market on the Arch Street side. Look for the fresh-made Liege waffles for sale, with free PA syrup, powdered sugar and churro seasoning for easy topping.
Where: Reading Terminal Market at 51 N. 12th St. 19107
When: July 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The East Passyunk Car Show is back for a 12th year, and there's a big street festival to accompany the parade of fancy automobiles. Browse 140+ muscle, classic, antique and custom show cars and score $5 food and drink from new spots like Barcelona Wine Bar and Pistola's Del Sur plus standbys like Marra's and Plenty. Look for shopping deals, too. Live music and DJs will set the party vibe.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue at 1904 E. Passyunk Ave. 19148
When: July 30, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free, pay-as-you-go food and drink
'Radio Silence' is the name of a hybrid documentary, variety show and play by artist Michael Rakowitz. It brings together stories from the Iraqi diaspora through tales of music, food, daily life, animal performances and veteran memories. This is the kick-off to a 10-series radio show broadcast next month on PhillyCAM.
Where: Independence Mall at Chestnut between 5th & 6th streets, 19106
When: July 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free, registration recommended