Still seeing campaign signs blanketing medians and highway ramps? Get used to it. Contrary to conventional opinion, there is no time limit for how long political signs can stay up in Philadelphia, according to the city’s law department. The signs could conceivably be planted in the ground years before an election and years after. Why? Per one Philly lawyer, any time restriction would be unconstitutional.
The whale murals are gone from the facade of the former Marketplace Design Center, but something interesting is coming to take their place. The Fitler Club is a members-only lifestyle club, with a restaurant run by Kevin Sbraga, a gym, coworking space — and a philanthropic twist. Thanks to NBA legend and investor David Robinson, 10 percent of profits from the project will go back to the local community.
This weekend, the City of Philadelphia issued its first Code Blue of the season, effective from 7 p.m. last night through 7 a.m. Sunday. What does that mean? First, it means you should familiarize yourself with the hotline to call if you see someone outside and in need (it's 215-232-1984; put it in your phone). Second, it means 35-plus outreach coordinators who work with various municipal departments and the nonprofit Project HOME will be active round the clock, trying to convince Philly's homeless to accept shelter. There's Code Blue numbers for the surrounding suburban counties, too.
Dilworth Park's ice skating rink is officially open for the holiday season. On Friday, the Center City District, Rothman Institute, Temple University and 6ABC held an opening ceremony straight out of the 1940s to commemorate the day, with the Philly POPs, patriotic streamers, Boy Scout troops and ice dancers way too underdressed for the weather. We braved the frigid walk up Broad St. hoping to see some ice skaters fall on their butts. Here's what we saw instead.
On the Calendar
The museum is recognizing the dedication and sacrifices of men and women who've "answered the Constitution’s call to 'provide for the common defense'" with free admission courtesy of Macy’s. Special events include a wreath laying ceremony, concert, chats with veterans, patriotic crafts, and writing thank you letters to Americans who have served in our armed forces.
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: November 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The first annual Philadelphia Wing Festival lands on Columbus Boulevard today, with 20-plus restaurants offering more than 60 styles of wings — everything from hot to mustard to sweet and sour to smoked to grilled and more. It's family-friendly (kids under 8 get in free) and there's also other snacks and drinks available.
Where: 2300 Arena at 2300 S. Swanson St. 19148
When: November 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $25 includes 6 wing vouchers, free fries and a drink
Starting this Sunday you can now pair your eggs and Bloodies with table tennis. The brunch menu at this below-ground club actually looks pretty great, with dishes like the Philly Muffin (an elevated BEC with roast pork), Cap'n Crunch french toast, shiitake frittata and a strawberry and sweet potato hash. The most expensive item is just $14 (breakfast nachos!). Ping-pong is pay as you go at the usual prices.
Where: SPiN at 211 S. 15th St. 19102
When: November 12, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Prolific and talented instagrammer Chuck Bonfig is leading a photo walk slash bar crawl through the part of South Philly alternately known as Point Breeze or Newbold. Expect to explore rowhomes, bakeries, churches, coffee shops, playgrounds, diners and also pubs, where you'll stop for beers along the way. Bring a canned goods donation for the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.
Where: Marconi Plaza BSL stop at Broad & Oregon St.
When: November 12, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Local blogger Conrad Benner (aka @StreetsDept) will host a conversation with Tunisian-French artist eL Seed about his upcoming mural in West Philly. The piece is a joint project from Mural Arts and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, and is part of the (DIS)PLACED Philadelphia series.
Where: UPenn Perry World House at 3803 Locust Walk 19104
When: November 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP