The popular public Facebook page for Philly's Italian Market no longer exists. It's the latest casualty of the controversy that's erupted over Frank Rizzo legacy and Councilwoman Helen Gym's call to remove the public statue of the former Philly mayor. What does a monument in Center City have to do with the Italian Market? Nothing — except for a post that appeared on its FB page calling Gym a racist. After some social media outrage, the business association that runs the page pulled the post, but that was just the start of the trouble. Meanwhile, the city is now taking suggestions about where to relocate the statue.
A record-setting quarter of a million people visited Philly for the NFL Draft and three days of ancillary events, resulting in a $95 million economic impact for the city — a number that exceeded original projections by $15 million. However, the weekend fell short on the expected number of hotel “nights” booked by nearly 20,000, even though there were also people in town for the Penn Relays. The findings are part of a report published Thursday by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with Temple University’s Sport Industry Research Center. Here are the details.
After the Tuesday crash that injured 42 people, SEPTA didn't wait long to restart service on the Norristown High Speed Line. It was up and running later that morning, ferrying commuters to work and school and back. But US Rep. Bob Brady thinks that was the wrong move — and he's sent a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board saying so. His statement calls for SEPTA to halt service entirely until it finds out what caused the accident, pointing out it's been six months since the MFL derailment with no answers. No suggestions from the congressman on how people should handle their commute in the meantime.
Summer, where did you go? College students are moved in, Target ditched its block party supplies section for pencils and backpacks, and pumpkin spice is creeping back into lattes. Worst of all, today is the very last day for Philly's public pools. The rolling shut-downs started two weeks ago and the final dozen will end their season today. Check out our photos from the last few swimming days of summer.
"Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk" is a documentary narrated by Iggy Pop and produced by Green Day, and it's coming to the Prince this weekend. It spans over 30 years of the Bay Area’s punk music history, featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever., and has a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley's inspiring 924 Gilman music collective.
Where: Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut St. 19102
When: August 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15
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The Philly Geek Awards are tomorrow! If you go (and you should!) we're hosting the event's inaugural cosplay contest. The award show is a black-tie affair — unless you come dressed as your favorite character from the comics, graphic novels, anime, TV or movies. The only rule is to be creative. Don't think you can impress by just painting on a fake goatee and wearing sunglasses to say you're Tony Stark. You'll need to build your own Iron Man suit if you want to win. Here's how to get involved.