Nearly 15,000 people ride the Route 11 trolley daily from West Philly to Center City and back, and that number is steadily inching up. Not good news for the 40-year-old cars that run along this and the other heavily-used lines, which break down frequently and are almost always overcrowded. A new DVRPC report details SEPTA's plans for an upgrade — a big one. The billion-dollar plan (still in its infancy, per PMN) calls for larger, ADA-compliant cars, fewer stops and noticeably redesigned stations.
Pennies are useless — but for exactly 51 cents, you can make something fun out of them. There are at least 12 places in Philadelphia that have working elongated coin machines, also known as penny presses. The machines use two steel rollers to compress one-cent pieces into tokens with customized designs. You can flatten your coins at a bunch of Philly spots, including the National Constitution Center and Eastern State Penitentiary, and end up with locally-themed keepsakes. Where can you do it? Here's a map.
It's doubtful you'll ever meet anyone as intensely excited about chocolate as Robert Campbell of Venezuelan BYOB Sazon at 10th and Spring Garden. Seriously, dude gives a whole new meaning to chocoholic. He lives and breathes the stuff — which is good news for the rest of us, because the bars and truffles and drinking chocolate he makes are unfair delicious. Bonus: They're also super healthy. Find out more and then taste for yourself at the demo we're hosting on Jan. 23. Tickets are just $10 a pop.
The Sixers played the Celtics in the NBA's Global Games in London yesterday and despite a stellar first half — one that included Ben Simmons hitting this turnaround jumper to put the Sixers up by 22 points — Boston came back big to win 114-103. During the game, the NBC Sports telecast compared Philly to London and Billy Penn made the list! Check out the local landmarks the network compared and ask...were the Beatles secretly from London?!?! (No.) And for real, are you surprised or happy Rocky didn't make the cut?
Oshun is made up of two college-age women who discovered each other in an NYU dorm, joined up, and proceeded to impress audiences up and down the East Coast with their unique rhythmic and lyrical style. They'll play at this West Philly venue with opening act Masie Blu.
Where: The Sound Hole at S. 43rd St. & Osage Ave.,
When: January 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15