Newsletter for Tuesday, July 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
What you definitely needed if you were watching fireworks outside last night on the Parkway: Umbrellas. Photo via @young_ikon on Instagram.
NOTICING CROWDS AT THE REGIONAL RAIL STOPS? HERE’S WHY
SEPTA’s been spending its holiday weekend getting ready for some huge delays. Due to a structural defect discovered last week, about a third of the Regional Rail fleet is offline and shortages will likely last through July and August. So starting today, Regional Rail will operate on a schedule based on the Saturday timetable with some added early morning and rush hour trains. Instead of their usually reduced summer schedules, the Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line and Norristown Line of the regular subway will be bumped back up to normal to help deal with overflow. Here’s why, and what’s next. And here’s SEPTA’s official Regional Rail schedule, from today into the foreseeable future.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PHILLY JULY 4 FIREWORKS SHOW
In Philadelphia, Independence Day is a huge deal. Proof? Fireworks don’t just happen on July 4 — there’s a whole weekend’s worth of explosive displays. The company hired to pull off this feat is New Castle-based Pyrotecnico, which staged three separate shows over the Delaware River this year. Per technician Kevin Stead, prep for the Friday debut started back on Wednesday night, and then the crew worked all day Saturday to get ready for a completely different — and larger — show that evening. Billy Penn went behind the scenes to see how Pyrotecnico pulls it off.
Philly Gay News hosts this party with a DJ, drinks specials and a 50-50 raffle. Write personal messages in cards donated by Philly AIDS Thrift.
Where: PHS Pop-up Garden South Street at 1438 South St. 19146
When: July 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
BEN SIMMONS PLAYS FIRST (SUMMER LEAGUE) GAME AS A SIXER
Sixers’ first overall pick Ben Simmons signed his first NBA contract just in time to join the team in Utah for the NBA Summer League. The rookie played just under 24 minutes, scoring 10 points on 2-for-9 shooting, but did add eight rebounds and five assists (and a few more nifty passes that didn’t result in buckets). Simmons left the game with leg cramps in the fourth quarter, understandable given how long he’s gone without playing competitive basketball. After the 102-94 loss to the Celtics, Simmons told reporters he was “very comfortable…I’m looking forward to the next game.”
THE SECRET OF NOLIBS’ SWIM CLUB: IT’S AFFORDABLE NOW
You maybe have heard of the North Shore Beach Club. Tucked away on Germantown Avenue, surrounded by ongoing construction in the shadow of The Piazza, the place oozed exclusivity. The (previously true) rumor was always that it could be upwards of $700 to swim for the summer, a commitment only a fraction of the working population can reasonably make. Not anymore.