Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, a legendary mafia boss whose eight-year reign as head of Philadelphia's crime family saw the deaths of nearly 25 mob associates, died Friday. The 87-year-old died in a prison hospital while serving the 55-year sentence handed to him in 1988 for racketeering and murder charges. A Philly legend of a different sort also died Friday. Singer Richie Ingui (with his brother Charlie) was best known for the Soul Survivors' 1967 hit "Expressway to Your Heart." The song helped launch Gamble & Huff's Sound of Philadelphia. Crank it up next time you're sitting on the Schuylkill. Kenny Gamble came up with the lyrics when he was stuck on that very highway trying to visit his girlfriend.
You can’t miss North Broad Street's poles, and that’s part of the problem. Forty-one of them loom over the street from the median. At night they either don't shine at all or they light up in shades so different from one another that you’re sort of left unsure of the point. Oh, and they cost $14 million. It's been made clear that, despite the many issues, the poles are here to stay. This is how North Broad Street ended up with lights just about everyone hates and what a community organization plans to do about them.
The Philly food scene is booming. But Foobooz, Zagat and Eater are all without editors right now. The city's food blog field used to be much more crowded. From around 2009 to 2013, there were at least six outlets (and oftentimes more) at any given time that paid dedicated writers or editors to put up near-daily posts about the Philadelphia food world. And we’re not even counting amateur blogs. So what the hell happened — and what comes next?
Four days before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in during a ceremony in Washington, thousands of Philadelphians are expected to march against "the ascension of right wing extremism into the highest levels of American public life" on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Where: Starts at President's House at 6th and Market
When: January 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
How much: Free
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Rejoice! I. Goldberg, Philly's 98-year-old Army-Navy store, has found a new home. A rent hike forced owner Nana (awww) Goldberg to leave their spot at 13th and Chestnut, but the store is moving to 718 Chestnut on the Wash West/Old City border. Wawa is taking over the 13th Street location, but you'll still be able to get your camo, bug spray, cold weather gear and generally awesome necessities just a few blocks east.
Bartending is not an easy gig. To do it well, you have to be part therapist, part best friend, part scholar and part enabler. Some people seem like they’re made for the job, easily swinging between server and confidant while tapping into knowledge about hundreds of beers and thousands of spirit combinations. We want you to tell us about those bartenders. Billy Penn has been showing off some of Philly’s most dynamic under-40 leaders for more than two years in our Who's Next series, and now it's time for you to nominate the folks elevating the city’s booze game from behind the stick. Submit nominations by Jan. 24.