Today marks the long-awaited opening of the Rail Park, a rails-to-trails project that’s been in the works since 2003. The launch will likely increase gentrification in Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood, but many people are actually welcoming that, freelancer Maggie Loesch writes for Billy Penn. We also looked at the reasoning behind the landscaping design — planners didn't want it to feel "over-horticultured" like NYC's High Line. Stay tuned for a cool overview video of the completed park tomorrow.
Tonight, the Eagles will be presented their Super Bowl championship rings — and then move onto the task at hand. Per Doug Pederson, it's an opportunity to "rip off the dog masks and no longer be the underdog, but now be the hunted." Asked who the starting quarterback would be, Pederson answered it's too hard to say right now. Meanwhile, Wentz went on a "recruiting trip" to Cleveland, where he just happened to catch LeBron James in the NBA Finals. "I hope he’s coming [to Philly]," Wentz said.
In our search for the Ultimate Philly Food Truck, you've helped us narrow the field from 32 contenders to a Sweet 16. After making some tough choices — crepes or cupcakes? Vegan hoagies or meaty slices? Cheesy curds or cheesy totchos? — the battle is now down to the Elite Eight. Read about each of these impressive mobile vendors here, then cast your vote for the Final Four. Also! Stay tuned for details about our food truck bracket party — an afternoon of outdoor fun on Saturday, June 23.
- The DAO has dropped all felony charges against the woman arrested for trying to burn a flag at Pride.
- Meek Mill, this time with an appearance on The View, is making good on his promise of using his platform to draw attention to criminal justice reform.
- Sometimes a single tweet says so much, like this one about the kindergartner who answered that "Philly" was her ethnicity.
- Malcolm Jenkins is selling "You Aren’t Listening" t-shirts that benefit his foundation.
- Lt. Gov. candidate John Fetterman is the proud new owner of a tie from Boscov's, thanks Governor Wolf.
🔍 Retro night at the South Street Cinema pop-up theater brings a Harrison Ford-Sean Connery classic: Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade. Admission is just $5, and includes popcorn. (Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.)
🖼️ The annual NLArts scavenger hunt means an evening of facepainting, fun, arts, crafts and dinner for the whole family. One $25 ticket covers your crew for the night. (Friday, June 15, 5 p.m.)
📖 The Rosenbach's annual Bloomsday celebration of James Joyce and his epic Ulysses is expanding its all-day reading with a beer garden along Delancey Street. (Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
🍻 For Fathers Day, Dock Street Brewing in West Philly is running free tours every 30 minutes. No reservations needed, samples and stickers included. (Sunday, June 17, noon to 3 p.m.)
🥩 Win the summer grilling season at Billy Penn's next cooking demo, featuring chef Trevor Budny and East Passyunk butcher shop Primal Meats. Tix are $15. (Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m.)
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