Here’s another Philly first to make residents proud: In 1997, the city became the first in the United States to legally protect the right to breastfeed in public. Philadelphia also mandates all job sites must accommodate breast pumping. But that still doesn’t mean it’s easy to navigate the city as a new parent. Billy Penn is here to help, with a list of 43 parent-friendly changing rooms and nursing-friendly spaces around Center City. Go forth and breastfeed.
Even though they didn't play Sunday, the Sixers clinched a playoff berth when the Pacers beat the Heat yesterday. It's the team's first time in the post-season since 2012 — a strike-shortened season that was also the last time the Sixers posted a winning record. Right now, Philly is 42-30 with 10 games remaining. That's mostly thanks to the incredible young talent at the team's core, namely Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric. Having a trio like that is extremely unusual, writes David Murphy at PMN. As for the newest young player, Markelle Fultz? He's still not playing due to injury at the end of last year.
The Center City bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets need repaving and repainting. The city is planning to take the opportunity to shift the lanes from the right side of the roadway to the left. Left-side lanes have been found to increase safety at intersections — bike-truck crashes like the one that led to Emily Fredricks' death are much less likely. There's a lot that switching sides entails, though, so Philly's Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) is hosting two public meetings. They're set for April 4 for residents and business owners on the west side of Broad, and April 5 for those on the east.
Thanks to the March for Our Lives and ensuing discussions, it was hard to miss the debate around gun violence and gun control this weekend. What you might have missed is our roundup of how each of Pennsylvania's representatives in Washington D.C. feel about the issue — and what actions they're willing to take to combat the problem. Here's a comprehensive (but easy to read) guide to how Pa.'s congressional delegation ranks when it comes to guns.
- Did you see that a live band has been playing next to the ridic line outside Pizzeria Beddia? The Fishtown shop only has four days of service left, ever — and we're succumbing to the hype. Since none of us at Billy Penn have tried a Beddia pie, we're sending Mónica out on Wednesday to brave the daylong wait and snag one for us. Stay tuned for livetweeting from a pizza queue.
- In advance of April Fools day, Michaela is rounding up the best pranks ever played in this city. Think Philly's best public stunts. Have one to include? Send a tip.
- We got tons of great nominations for our Who's Next: Public Service list. We've selected the honorees and are hosting them all for a photo shoot on Friday. Stay tuned, you'll hear more about these phenomenal young Philadelphians next week.
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Get healthy...then chillax. An all-levels yoga class with Jake Panasevich of Yoga with Jake will be followed with a kombucha sampling from Baba's Brew — including some sips made with local spirits. Think of it like a cocktail party, with zero dress code stress.
Where: Alchemist Society at 100 N. Front St., Suite 102, 19123
When: March 27, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $25