Newsletter for Saturday, August 29
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Creative — but slightly disturbing — stroller storage in Germantown; photo via @basslabbers on Instagram
DREXEL FOOD TRUCKS SAVED: BILL PUT ON HOLD AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLODES — AND HERE’S WHO WAS BEHIND IT
Remember when we said social media users could actually have an effect on city government? Well, it worked. Social media saved the Drexel food trucks…for now. Late Wednesday afternoon, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell took to Facebook to announce that, due to feedback received from “patrons, vendors and others who cared enough to share their thoughts,” she was dropping plans to change the way food trucks at Drexel operate “at this time.” But in a phone interview with Billy Penn, Blackwell clarified that the legislation isn’t dead, just stalled. She also revealed who was behind the introduction of the ordinance in the first place.
PHILLY AIRBNB HOSTS VOICE FRUSTRATION: POPE FRANCIS’ VISIT ISN’T BRINGING BIG CASH
Philadelphia residents willing to rent out their homes to pilgrims coming to see Pope Francis in September had dollar signs in their eyes: A month’s worth of rent for a weekend? But now that the papal visit is a month away, it appears demand isn’t as high as was hoped. There are still Center City hotel rooms available, and searches on Airbnb for available space yield thousands of results. On Thursday night in Center City, an Airbnb executive hosted the largest meetup of its kind in the U.S., where he told potential hosts that they may need to be lower their prices.
DAY-TRIPPING THE MAIN LINE: THE BEST BEER DISTRIBUTOR, A HISTORIC WINE BAR AND HORSEBACK RIDING
The Philadelphia area’s other half — actually more like the one percent — lives just a few miles outside the city on the Main Line. This community of towns like Rosemont, Devon, Villanova, Radnor, Ardmore, Gladwyne, Wayne and more boasts some of the highest per capita annual incomes of anywhere in the United States. Median home values reach into the high six figures. You might need an inheritance or a job as an investment banker to afford living there for a long period of time… but for a day you can probably manage it. Here’s how to take a day trip and see how the ritzy half lives.
ON THE CALENDAR
More than 35 local artisans and crafters will be setting up shop for what is being billed as Philly's first rooftop flea market. Look for jewelry, clothing, ceramics, home goods, toys, packaged foods and more, and know that a portion of the proceeds will benefit healthy eating nonprofit Whole Kids Foundation. You won't even have to worry about spending your 'whole paycheck.'
Where: Whole Foods Market South Street at 929 South St.
When: August 29, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Days to take advantage of the cool PHS Pop-Up garden are dwindling, so consider this special tropical feast just extra incentive to get out and have a beer. Captain Lawrence brews will be flowing and whole pigs will be roasting — a platter with pickled pineapple pork, coconut collard greens, Spam fried rice and more is yours for just $15 on both Saturday and Sunday.
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden Passyunk at Wharton & Ninth streets
When: August 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. to August 30, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15 per platter
If you're looking to spruce up your walls or get a jump on holiday gifts, hit up this Kensington gallery for an evening of special prices on local photography. Expect prints to go for $5 to $20 (depending on size) — and when you buy one you can just snag it right off the wall. Appropriately, drinks will be provided by PBR.
Where: Kitchen Table Gallery at 1853 N. Howard St.
When: August 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
It's been eight years since Joe Gunn and Casey Parker turned a tiny bi-level spot on 15th and Spruce into one of the most zany Mexican-themed beer bars around. To celebrate, the bar is giving away slow-roasted pork to go with a pay-as-you-go draft list that's pretty out of this world. Important note from the organizers: You don't have to bring a gift, but will receive preferential treatment if you do.
Where: Jose Pistola's at 263 S. 15th St.
When: August 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free tacos, pay-as-you-go everything else
If your bicycle has a basket on it, you're in good shape for this picnic hosted by Trophy Bikes. Meet at the shop, make a stop at Reading Terminal Market to pick up lunch supplies (they'll watch your bike) and then head out with the group to Belmont Plateau to eat, drink and be merry. RSVP is requested.
Where: Belmont Plateau at Fairmount Park
When: August 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
How much: Free