Newsletter for Thursday, March 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Free Library is ready for you. It’s the last day of the “One Book, One Philadephia” program, and the author of this year’s book (Christina Baker Kline, who wrote Orphan Train) is on hand tonight at 7:30. Photo via Instagram user @nuzzthing.
IT’S GONNA SNOW TOMORROW APPARENTLY
So fun fact: March 20 is the official first day of spring. What better way to ring that sucker in than more snow? Ha. What’s the deal? Forecasters are saying 1-3 inches — mostly on grass and non-paved surfaces. Roads could get a bit slushy. The fact that it’s late March actually helps; with the sun higher in the sky, the stuff oughta melt more easily. BRB, looking for that groundhog.
BIBI BACK WHEN: NETANYAHU WAS A PHILLY MILLENNIAL
Benjamin Netanyahu just won his fourth term as Israel’s prime minister. But before he was Bibi the longtime prime minister, he was Ben — the Philly suburb soccer player and chess aficionado. Netanyahu’s family moved to Cheltenham from Israel in the early 1960s, when he was 13 years old, according to a 1996 article in the Inquirer. His father was teaching history at Dropsie College, now a part of UPenn. Here’s some photos of the future Prime Minister in action.
TO DO: GET A FREE TREE AND A FREE BEER
WHAT: Tree For All Philly: Free yard trees for city residents, and also beer
WHERE: Yards Brewery, 901 N. Delaware Avenue
WHEN: 6-8 PM
HOW MUCH: Pay as you go (but the tree and first beer are free when you register)
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHERE TO BRACKET IN PHILLY
The stars have aligned this week to give you two, even three days that just beg for you to skip work and spend a lot of time at the bar. On Thursday and Friday, the most exciting rounds of the NCAA Tournament happen, meaning your afternoon should be spent watching basketball and crying about your busted bracket rather than filing those TPS reports. If you choose to be smart and not go to work, here are the best bars for watching the games in Philadelphia.
SOCIETY HILL: FROM GLAM TO SLUM AND BACK AGAIN
In the latest edition of our Neighborhoods Project, we turn to Society Hill, which was once the playground of Philadelphia’s rich and famous and has become so again — after about 50 years as a slum. But after development, gentrification and a push by the city to restore the neighborhood’s historical significance, Society Hill rose again. Now the charming cobblestone streets are a clear sign of affluence among the highest concentration of 18th and early 19th century buildings in the country.