Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This little one is soaking up the last bits of summer in East Kensington. (And did you know an average of 13 fire hydrants were opened every day in July in Philly?) Photo via @garbagesofphiladelphia on Instagram.
WE TASTE-TESTED 5 PHILLY PRETZELS, AND THE WINNER MAY SURPRISE YOU
Soft pretzels are big business in Philly, and picking the right pretzel for an afternoon snack (let’s face it, you buy three pretzels instead of lunch at least once a week, we won’t judge) is vital to the overall Philly food experience. After a spirited conversation in the Billy Penn newsroom on which local establishment has the best pretzel, we decided to taste them. And to blindfold people. For science. Then we picked our favorite, and the winner was kinda shocking.
CITY COUNCIL LEARNS PHILLY LIVES PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK
Imagine Philadelphia were a fairly typical young college graduate, making $50,000 a year. A savings account featuring 2.5 percent of its annual revenue would be about $1,250. To make it worse, Philly isn’t saving right now. With expenditures due to outpace revenue the next couple years, the fund balance is expected to slip to $47 million if nothing changes by 2018, about 1 percent of its revenue. In college graduate terms, you’d be talking about having only $500 in savings. A serious health issue or car trouble would be catastrophic. Philly is in the same situation.
NEW CONTRACT PROCESS FOR PHILLY KILLS PAPER, SAVES CASH
There are rooms in City Hall stacked top to bottom with vendor bids and contracts, dusty boxes of files rising from the floor to the ceiling. In a few years, many of those rooms will be empty — the data will live in the cloud. If all goes as planned with the city’s new procurement strategy, doing business with the City of Philadelphia will soon be all digital. Here’s how, and what it means for you.
The only way to see this musical-comedy-horror classic is at a midnight showing with live shadow actors in front of it. Get ready to sing along and join the action.
Where: Ritz at the Bourse at 400 Ranstead St. 19106
When: September 9, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
How much: $10
BILLY PENN LIKES
GET THE BEST PHILLY HOAGIES, HELP THE HUNGRY
Paesano’s is going mobile, with a noble goal. Nathan Baynes, who helps chef Peter McAndrews run the popular Paesano’s sandwich shops, is launching A La Cart. There’s still some paperwork left to complete before it hits the streets, but the built-to-order trailer — not a full-on food truck, but more like a hot dog cart — is already available for catering. And it’s good for others who are hungry, too.
THIS SATURDAY: BMX, HIP-HOP CONTORTIONISTS AT CITY HALL
Think of it like modern day three-ring circus, compressed into one. This Saturday, the City Hall courtyard will play host to breakdancers, saxophonists, chalk artists, face painters and a flatland BMX rider ― all at the same time. What’s the goal behind this organized chaos, which is one of the first free family-friendly events of Fringe Festival 2016? A modern circus, of course.