Newsletter for Saturday, November 14
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Commodore Barry stands guard in front of Independence Hall; photo via @irrelevantgeek on Instagram
PHILLY POLICE BOOST SECURITY AND PATROLS AFTER PARIS TERROR ATTACKS
After a night of terror in Paris left 127 people dead and nearly 200 wounded and sent the French metropolis reeling, with a state of emergency shutting down most institutions and commerce, several U.S. cities beefed up security, even though no credible threats were reported here. In Philadelphia, outgoing Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he was stepping up patrols at historic sites and transportation centers. He also will designate increased security at the Linc this Sunday for the Eagles-Dolphins game, because a Parisian sports stadium was one of the sites targeted by last night’s suicide bombers.
‘I TAKE YOUS PHYSICALLY’: THE INFAMOUS FRANK RIZZO VIDEO, 35 YEARS LATER
If you had to choose one video to encapsulate the City of Philadelphia — the language, the attitude, the atmosphere — this 1980 altercation between former Mayor Frank Rizzo and KYW’s Stan Bohrman might do the job, for better or for worse. In one corner, you have the ex-mayor of a major metropolitan city threatening a reporter to a street fight while accusing him of being an alcoholic. In the other is a clean-cut journalist who, though stunned by the barrage of insults, refuses to back down.
PILOTS 101: WILL PHILLY’S BIG UNIVERSITIES, HOSPITALS AND OTHER NONPROFITS BE ASKED TO PAY UP?
Are Philadelphia’s colleges and hospitals just freeloaders? Some city leaders — including Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Councilwoman-elect Helen Gym, others on Council — see Penn, Drexel, Jefferson Hospital and other tax-exempt nonprofits that way. They want these nonprofits to start paying money back to the city, like they used to. Back in the ’90s, dozens of Philadelphia nonprofits did just that in what is called a PILOT program — short for Payments In Lieu Of Taxes. Here’s why Kenney thinks reinstituting it could direct more money into our beleaguered schools.
ON THE CALENDAR
It's Love Your Park Fall Service Day, and even though official registration is "closed," it really only existed to get people to commit to coming out anyway. Basically, everyone who wants is totally welcome to head out and volunteer at the more than 60 community parks that dot the city — check the map for schedules at each one.
Where: Philadelphia parks at across the city
When: November 14, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
How much: Free
Two dozen restaurants cooking up their best bacon dishes (with locally-made 1732 Meats bacon). Two dozen independent breweries pouring their best beer. Two and a half hours of eating and drinking fun. What's not to like? Tickets are available at the door.
Where: 23rd Street Armory at 22 S. 23rd St.
When: November 14, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $46.50
The land where Ethiopia and Eritrea are now is widely believed to be the birthplace of coffee, and the Eraserhood cafe known alternately as W/N W/N or Win Win is celebrating the culture with a special coffee ceremony and brunch.
Where: W/N W/N at 931 Spring Garden St.
When: November 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $5 for coffee or tea ceremony; $12-$15 for brunch
Bucks County physician and Iran native Dr. Javad Mohesenian is the author of several novels that deal with Iranian-American relations. At the Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square, he'll read from his latest, Gold for Sugar, and lead a discussion about the very relevant topic.
Where: Philadelphia Art Alliance at 261 S. 18th St.
When: November 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
How much: Free; registration requested
After you get past the Matrix images that pop up when you hear the phrase "neo-bistro," make plans to swing through Point Breeze for dinner and check out what it means when applied to restaurants. The new spot is from the folks behind Cafe Lift, Bufad, Kensington Quarters and Prohibition Taproom, so it's got serious potential.
Where: Buckminster's at 1200 S. 21st St.
When: November 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go