Philadelphia's 1.5-cents-per-ounce soda tax doesn't officially go into effect until Jan. 1, but some supermarkets within the city limits have already raised prices, NBC10 found. Specifically, some ACME markets. For example, a 2-liter bottle of Coke that costs $1.49 in Bala Cynwyd now has a price tag reading $2.06 in Roxborough. Why the early hike? A customer said store workers surmised it was to take advantage of the New Year's Eve rush, but an ACME spokesperson says no, it's because the weekly fliers had to go out on Friday, so that's when prices were set for the week.
What would make for the best 2017 in Philly sports? Would you take the five pro teams making the playoffs in this and/or next season, Villanova winning the stout Big East and making a deep NCAA repeat run and Temple going to another bowl game? It seems far-fetched to think all five teams will make the playoffs next year, but there’s no doubt that as fascinating as the 2016 calendar has been in Philly sports, 2017 is going to be better.
New York may have the OG ball drop in Times Square, but Pennsylvania dominates in terms of quantity. Unofficially, at least, no other state compares. For some reason, Wikipedia tracks the different objects dropped on NYE throughout the United States, and Pennsylvania comes out miles ahead. At least 18 cities and towns will be raising or dropping some type of object — from Yuengling to strawberries and pickles to Pac-Man.
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Whether you hit up the 6 p.m. or the midnight show — both sponsored by SugarHouse, thanks casino money — tune into KYW to hear music synced with the light display. The early compilation features legendary movie soundtracks and the late one is all party and dance (Katy Perry, Beyonce, Tiesto, etc.).
Where: Penn's Landing at Columbus Blvd. & Chestnut St.
When: December 31, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to January 1, 2017 at 12:15 a.m.
How much: Free
Broad Street is the place to be in Philly on New Year's Day, but it can get a bit cold if you're spectating instead of mummering. Duck into the Kimmel Center to find a family-friendly party with music, free hot chocolate from Jose Garces and other indoor activities.
Where: Kimmel Center at 300 S. Broad St. 19102
When: January 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Of course the day after New Year's Eve is National Bloody Mary Day. This Kensington brewery pub is jumping into the game with a new slate of five variations, all made with house-infused vodkas. There's one with Thai chile, one with shrimp, one with habaneros and yes, one with bacon. Pair 'em with an all-day brunch menu and start a tradition for the new year.
Where: Saint Benjamin's Taproom at 1710 N. 5th St. 19122
When: January 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to January 2, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Get the resolutions going early by spending the first morning of 2017 at an all-levels yoga class. Not only will it get you settled in your body, it'll give you peace of mind — especially since proceeds from the class will be donated to the International Rescue Committee to be used to help refugees fleeing Syria.
Where: Practice Yoga Studio at 804 S. 4th St. 19147
When: January 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How much: $16
Know how the PA Dutch consider pork and sauerkraut the must-eat dish on New Year's Day because it's said to bring luck for the year ahead? Well, they brought that tradition over from Germany. South Street's German beer hall is serving a special pork 'n' kraut platter (over mashed potatoes) all day long. Find glühwein and Eagles/Cowboys there, too.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz at 718 South St. 19147
When: January 1, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15 for a platter