Newsletter for Friday, Feb. 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A rainbow and jawnings in Brewerytown. Photo via @fusco88 on Instagram.
NEXT UP FOR ST. LAURENTIUS CHURCH: PROBABLY APARTMENTS
Saving St. Laurentius Church was only step one. Fishtown’s Polish Catholic church won historical designation over the summer after the Archdiocese of Philadelphia deemed it unsafe for use and planned to demolish it. PlanPhilly reports there’s now not only a buyer for the building — still empty and shrouded in scaffolding — but also a plan for its future: apartments. Interested buyer Leo Voloshin, who owns a Kensington-based textile design company, says there’s still a lot to figure out, and that he’ll only move forward with the purchase if he can get the necessary zoning approvals. The idea is to preserve the 130-year-old church’s exterior.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF A CITY HALL RUMOR
Why would the Kenney administration want to shuffle a city official with a six-figure salary to another department? Rumors were rampant around City Hall that Albert D’Attilio, the current director of human resources, was demoted and on his way to being fired. What we know for certain: A letter to the city’s new chief administrative officer, dated Jan. 21, says he essentially can’t be moved from his current position without changing the city charter — no small feat. Here’s what a Kenney administration official told us about the move.
The Penn Women's Center hosts a "self-love" booth on Locust Walk, just before Valentine's Day. Stop by for chocolate and a reminder that, as the Center says, "Expectations that social media sets are not realistic. This affects how we feel, what we do, what we should look like... And this is NOT OKAY."
Where: Locust Walk
When: February 12, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHILLY ATHLETES BEHAVING BADLY
Sometimes in Philadelphia, bars and athletes don’t mix. Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, police say former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and three other men attacked off-duty police officers over a bottle of champagne. It happened at Recess Lounge in Old City. McCoy is not alone in this category. The last few years, several athletes have been in the news for things that happened at Philadelphia bars. And most of the time, the news hasn’t been good for them.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO COMCAST’S LITTLE BILLY PENN STATUE?
Comcast placed the statue on its highest beam to remove the Curse of Billy Penn. Before the construction of One and Two Liberty Place in the 1987, the statue of William Penn atop City Hall was the highest point of Philadelphia. Starting that year, Philadelphia professional sports teams began a long championship drought. Many fans believed the city had been cursed because the statue no longer ruled the sky. The same year Comcast was completed, with the miniature statue on top, the Phillies won the World Series. But all the teams suck now. So we asked them if it was still there.