President Donald Trump told Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro that bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers may have been from “the reverse” to try to “make others look bad,” Shapiro said yesterday. The new Pennsylvania attorney general, a Democrat, was among dozens of state attorneys general who met with Trump at the White House Tuesday. The meeting came just a day after a handful of Jewish Community Centers in the Philadelphia area were targeted by bomb threats and two days after a Jewish cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia was vandalized. We also reached out to local Jewish leaders to see how the city's Jewish communities were handling these attacks. A trademark of the Jewish faith in Philly and all of America has always been its openness. Now Philadelphia's Jewish communities are seeking to maintain that openness while being cognizant of a risk presented by a rise of incidents against their faith.
At a press conference yesterday, the NFL and the city spilled deets on the NFL Draft, which will take place on the Ben Franklin Parkway this April. NFL Senior VP of Events Peter O’Reilly announced some of the very elaborate plans for transforming the Parkway, including a 3,000-seat viewing arena, 100-yard zip line and a full fan fest that will stretch from the Art Museum — where the players will wait to be selected — all the way to the Franklin Institute, where the 32 teams will be making the actual picks. In between the buildings will be what the NFL is calling the “largest free fan experience” they’ve ever built, with 25 football fields of yogurt- and non-yogurt-related events for fans to enjoy. Here's what else we can expect the Draft to bring, entertainment-wise and economically.
Massive profits for AirBnb hosts didn’t exactly happen the way some expected it to around major city events, but the City of Philadelphia still managed to get a rule on the books in summer 2015 that not only legalized the use of services like AirBnb for short-term rentals, but also formalized that they’re subject to the city’s 8.5 percent hotel tax. So, how much has Philly made from the taxing of AirBnb rentals since July 2015? That's hard to say, but we've got a ballpark.
New Voices Philadelphia is holding a documentary screening to kick off Women's History Month. The film of the night, "Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed" (2004, dir. Shola Lynch), focuses on groundbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm's presidential campaign.
Where: Urban Art Gallery at 262 S. 52nd Street
When: March 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: FREE
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Bartending is not an easy gig. To do it well, you have to be part therapist, part best friend, part scholar and part enabler. But some people seem like they’re made for the job, easily swinging between server and confidant while tapping into knowledge about hundreds of beers and thousands of spirit combinations. In this installment of Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next” series presented by the Knight Foundation, which introduces readers to the most dedicated young people working to shape our city every day, we’ve highlighted 15 dynamic drink whizzes under the age of 40.
You can get good pierogies all over Philly, but Port Richmond is the city’s pierogi central. Case in point: Pierogi Week at Green Rock Tavern. More than 700 people pack the 40-seat room over the course of the week. Waits for a table can stretch up to two hours and the line sometimes wraps around the block. It’s a fun adventure, but if you don’t feel like dealing with the madness, there’s good news: In addition to markets where you can buy them to cook at home, the heavily Polish neighborhood has plenty of other restaurants serving housemade pierogies, and they’re all fantastic in their own way.