Want to tell the city how you really feel about the Ben Franklin Parkway? This summer, it's as easy as hitting a beer garden. The annual pop-up at Eakins Oval is back for a fifth season, with more food, drink, music, dancing and movies than ever. You'll also find solar cell phone charging stations and free refillable water bottles. But beyond the all-ages fun, this year's installation has a deeper purpose: To collect feedback about how the most underused public space in Philly could be improved.
Philadelphia will soon be embarking on the Rebuild program, thanks partly to funding from the new soda tax. Over seven years, some $500 million will be allocated to parks and recreation centers, as well as libraries. So how did they get into such rough shape in the first place? The simple answer is Philadelphia just hasn’t been spending that much money on its massive park system, compared to its peer cities. Here's how it all breaks down and how Philly especially struggles when it comes to budget per acre of park.
Cheu Fishtown might be the most anticipated Frankford Avenue restaurant all year, and it finally launches this weekend. When the 34-seat dining room and bar opens its doors on Friday, there will be all the funky noodles Philly has come to expect from partners Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz, plus even more zany artwork than in their other venues. Check it all out — from don't-miss wasabi rice cakes to can't-miss toilet seat art — in our preview photo tour here.
The city will be spraying for mosquitoes tonight at the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve after the number found in their traps was higher than expected. Health spokesman Jim Garrow told CBS Philly that while none of the mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus, they do have the potential to carry it. With the location being between houses and playing fields, the city is taking extra precautions. Per CBS, the chemical being used can also harm bees and butterflies, so they'll spray at dusk when those insects are less likely to be out. For any beekeepers in the area, cover your hives.
"Connective Tissue" is the name of a new exhibition that showcases artist Lisa Nilsson's intricate works. Made using a rolled and shaped paper technique called "quilling," the miniature sculptures depict and explore the geography of human anatomy. The opening night reception features refreshments and an optional pre-show sketch session.
Where: Mutter Museum at 19 S. 22nd St. 19103
When: July 20, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $10
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Telemundo is connecting immigrants in the Philadelphia area with lawyers, and it's doing so with a telethon-style approach. The 90-minute phone-in shows on the Spanish-language channel help local immigrants have confidential calls as uncertainty around President Trump's immigration stance grows. The next phone bank is tonight, and 20 lawyers will be ready for calls.
Yep, still hot. Philly will be well into the 90s the rest of the week, and not in a scrunchies and crimped hair kinda way. There's an excessive heat warning in effect, and the city announced yesterday all public pools will be available for open swim between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. the rest of the week. Here's a map so you can find the closest one. If you're feeling really adventurous, check out South Jersey's airplane-shaped pool.