Newsletter for Wednesday, May 6
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Sunset at the Navy Yard; photo via @mikeboodoo on Instagram.
WHY THE FOOD TRUCKS WERE BOOTED FROM THE PORCH AT 30TH STREET
Eating an al fresco Spot Burger with an expansive view of the Philadelphia skyline was one of the best lunch experiences in the city. Unfortunately, it’s no longer an option. Last week, the University City District announced via Twitter that food service at The Porch at 30th Street would be temporarily “suspended” as of May 1. But Billy Penn has learned that none of the food trucks that usually vend there will be returning. No more Taco Mondo, no more Pitruco Pizza. No more Vernalicious, no more Say Cheese. These and other Philly-favorite mobile street vendors have essentially been kicked out. They’ll be replaced by something else.
INSANE PENNSYLVANIA POLITICAL ADS, FEAT. ZOMBIES, STRIPPERS AND NANCY GRACE
We don’t yet know how much the candidates have spent in total on TV ad spots across the city (that’ll become more clear in the coming week), but it’s safe to say it won’t be close to the last election season — candidates for statewide office spent $14 million on some 12,000 ads within eight weeks. And when are the ads airing? Some of the most popular non-cable ad spots (read: most expensive) for local political ads are during local newscasts, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Would you like to buy a
vowel mayor? As these attack ads start to surface, we wanted to resurrect some of the most insane ads of all-time across the city and the state.
TO DO: A HEART TRIBUTE BAND, OUTSIDE
WHAT: Opening night of the Pennypack Park Music Festival, feat. the cover band “Kick It Out”
WHERE: Ed Kelly Ampitheater, Pennypack Park
WHEN: 6:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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THE CAST OF ‘THE REAL WORLD: PHILADELPHIA,’ 10 YEARS LATER
The last episode of “Real World: Philadelphia” aired just more than 10 years ago. The seven strangers have gone from college kids to adults. They’re mothers and fathers. One still works in showbiz, recently hosting a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Another is a lawyer. They’re actually in the real world. And they’re finally ready to talk about what went down in Old City a decade ago.
QUICK-CPR FROM FBI AGENTS, COP SAVES BROAD STREET RUNNER
About two miles into Sunday’s 10-mile Broad Street Run, a man collapsed to the pavement. He had no pulse. While medics were called, FBI Special Agents Erik Negron, Tom Powell and Brian Hoffman — along with Philly cop Matthew Fleming, were closer. The group worked together to revive a 35-year-old man, according to the Daily News, which has details on the rescue. And officials say that man was one of two who suffered cardiac arrest during the run.