The “bomb” nor’easter that swept through the area Friday night left behind sunny skies on Saturday, but also way more destruction than anticipated. Trees were toppled all over the region, uprooted by winds that gusted up to 60 miles per hour. A giant one felled in Rittenhouse Square quickly became a photo op, but others posed more danger. From Center City to the Northeast to Lincoln Drive, here are more than 25 photos of trees down in Philly this weekend.
No, you’re not imagining it. Potholes in Philly are really bad this year. At least, that's according to a handful of Philly mechanics. One Northeast Philly auto shop says it sees at least two cars every day with damage from potholes, more than in recent winters. The bills for that kind of damage can run motorists up to $1,000 in repairs. And even the mechanics themselves aren’t exempt from the terror — a South Philly mechanic said he avoids numerous potholes on I-95 at all costs.
In 1868, the Academy of Natural Sciences wowed the world with the first-ever mounted display of a dinosaur skeleton. The exhibit was so popular it more than tripled the museum's attendance, eventually forcing it to move to its new home at 19th and the Parkway. This weekend, the Academy is celebrating all things dino and fossil at the annual Paleopalooza fest, and there's a tasty side to the event. The Berley brothers of Shane Confectionery, who are always game for some good history, have created some incredible sweets to show and sample for attendees. Check out their chocolate dinosaur skull and very realistic rock candy geode here.
If you’re a token aficionado, take note: In about a month, the only places you’ll be able to buy the classic SEPTA coins are 16 designated Regional Rail stations. Back in December, token sales ended along the Market-Frankford and Broad Street subway lines. Starting Friday, March 23, tokens will no longer be sold at most rail stations, and a week later, sales stop at the four main bus depots. Here's details on when and where the shift to all-Key, all the time occurs.
- We're excited that this Monday is reporter Mónica Zorrilla's first day on the job.
- One of the things she and Michaela will do this week is go through PolitiFact training — Billy Penn and our sister site The Incline are the Pennsylvania partners for the national fact-checking organization, and the methodology we use for those is rightfully rigorous.
On the Calendar
Valerie Erwin, former chef-owner of Mt. Airy's Geechee Girl Cafe and current GM at the EAT Cafe, will lead a discussion with food scholars Jessica Harris and Michael Twitty about the concept of "Southern foodways" — the food traditions that inspire contemporary African American cuisines.
Where: Free Library Culinary Literacy Center at 1901 Vine St., 4th Fl., 19103
When: March 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
In celebration of Women’s History Month, this happy hour event will explore stories of women who played essential roles during the Revolutionary War. Make your own button featuring quotes from women in history and hear from a descendant of Continenal Army soldier Deborah Sampson. Also, if you want, bring a new or gently used clothing item to be donated to Career Wardrobe.
Where: Museum of the American Revolution at 101 S. 3rd St., 19106
When: March 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10 admission
Elizabeth LaBan often sets her novels in Philadelphia. That made for an interesting guessing game for readers of The Restaurant Critic's Wife as to which dining experiences were based on real encounters with her husband, Inquirer critic Craig LaBan. The city again plays a role in Not Perfect, her newest book. She'll discuss it for an audience at the library in Rittenhouse Square.
Where: Philadelphia City Institute Library at 1905 Locust St., 19103
When: March 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free
The Rail Park is inching closer to reality, and this fundraiser has a very specific goal: to raise enough money to turn the historic rail car at Broad and Noble into the park's official headquarters. A live concert will feature Soulection artist Sango, crooner Xavier Omär, Atlanta songstress Bosco, and Philly’s own DJs Sylo, Lean Wit It and Hvnlee. Tix to the fancy cocktial party before the show run $125, but the show itself is just $20 per person.
Where: Voyeur Nightclub at 1221 James St., 19107
When: March 8, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $20 for the concert