Responding to the arrest of two black men siting in a Rittenhouse Starbucks last week, CEO Kevin Johnson went on what's being dubbed an "apology tour" around Philadelphia yesterday. He was "contrite" when he spoke with Mayor Kenney, the mayor said. Johnson also promised Starbucks would add "unconscious bias" training for all store managers going forward. The manager who initially called the cops on the men, however, is no longer working at the 18th and Spruce store. (Whether or not she has been fired is unclear; Starbucks declined to clarify.) Black leaders gathered at the corner of 18th and Spruce to denounce the actions of both the cafe workers and the Philly Police. Meanwhile, the Yelp page for that particular Starbucks location is on fire.
What if parents didn’t have to take kids to a playground to get in some fun activity — but instead, the play space came to them? Research linking play and learning is the inspiration behind several initiatives that are planting activity spaces all around Philadelphia, in places where people naturally spend time with their kids. Think doctor’s offices, grocery stores, even bus stops. “Children learn by doing," explained a Temple scholar involved with some of the projects. "They learn when they are active.”
On Thursday, the city will host a ceremony welcoming the LOVE sculpture back to its iconic place at the heart of its namesake park. Officials will announce the park's formal reopening date, but also two interesting new tidbits. The first is that apparently a private benefactor paid to get the iconic artwork refurbished, and we'll find out who it is. The second is that there is a new sponsorship of the plaza — although whatever corporation or organization forked over the dough for the naming rights has to realize the "LOVE Park" moniker isn't going away any time soon.
One year ago today, we published an epic dining journey that takes you across the entire Market-Frankford Line. From the western edge to the northern tip, the MFL is surrounded by a huge variety of food establishments, and you don’t have to walk more than a block or two from any station to sample an assortment of the best. Here are 17 suggestions, stop-by-stop, for where to go.
This petite dining room just past the west bank of the Schuylkill will host a special night of island vibes and Caribbean flavors. The pop-up menu includes loaded plantain chips, Jamaican meat patties, Dominican sancocho stew, Trinidadian curry goat, Puerto Rican canoas and more.
Where: Tipsy Bistro at 3131 Walnut St.
When: April 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to April 19, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go