The impending cleanup around the Conrail tracks along Gurney Street in Fairhill is expected to displace as many as 78 homeless people with heroin addiction. The cleanup of the used needles and trash is long overdue, and part of Philly's plan to address the ongoing opioid epidemic. We spoke with the city and local outreach groups working in Kensington, and here's the plan to help the people who will be displaced.
Scott Blumstein won the World Series of Poker, holding an ace of hearts and a two of diamonds up against a suited ace-eight. The 25-year-old Temple grad called an all-in bet, and with just three outs on the river, bagged more than $8 million Sunday in Las Vegas. The NJ native defeated an Altoona guy for the title and told reporters that by the end of the tournament he was "pretty tired of poker at this point." More than 120,000 people from around the world were a part of this year's event, with more than 7,000 entering the main event in Vegas. Watch the dramatic final hand here.
SEPTA bus and trolley ridership lost 4.4 million rides between fiscal years 2014 and 2016, and ridership last year was the lowest since 2003. And rideshare services like Lyft and Uber aren't helping. A review of the bus system — the first of such significance since the '50s — is underway and likely to yield major changes. Check out Philly.com's report on commutes and wait times, and our in-depth look at the Market-Frankford Line, where ridership is spiking.
Philadelphia has 37 mosques and a thriving black Muslim community — the topic of a recent Washington Post front page story. “There were a lot of Muslims in Philadelphia," explained a man who converted in his 20s. "So I thought: ‘Maybe I should see if it’s something I could use. … Maybe I should see if there is something there for me.'” Muslims in Philadelphia are represented in the business community and government, and the city recently declared Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Kabir school holidays. Check out the stories and photos from WaPo's visit with Philly Muslims.
You know the name von Trapp from the famous musical that depicted the family's narrow escape from Nazi Austria. As it happens grandson Samuel von Trapp is now a brewer, and he's bringing Austrian-inspired beer to Philly for the first time this week. He'll be welcomed by a performance of the film's greatest hits by the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus.
Where: Tria Taproom at 2005 Walnut St. 19103
When: July 25, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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South Street has a ton of places to grab a meal or a snack, so many that it's easy for really great ones to get lost in the shuffle. We found three standouts hiding among the ever-changing strip: A taqueria with the best $7 dinner deal around, a Chinese food joint that's always fresh and a Caribbean spot that's still going strong after 22 years. Here's the scoop on these under-the-radar restaurants.
You can make fast friends or enemies with literally anyone in Philadelphia by using the wrong neighborhood name. We're all familiar with the disputes over Newbold and Dickinson Narrows and, long before them, Northern Liberties. The Gayborhood is losing ground to Midtown Village and, god help us, people are trying to make SoNo happen. But have you heard of Pumpkintown? What about Beeberstown? The guys who keeps the Free Library's Maps Collection in shape has some good stories about little heard-of names. Meanwhile, Swampoodle Heights is trying to make a comeback. Sign up here to get an email whenever we share news about our City of Neighborhoods.