Newsletter for Friday, July 17
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Here’s how the Point Breeze pop-up beer garden announced its second closure; photo via @pointbreezepopup on Instagram.
POINT BREEZE POP-UP BEER GARDEN CLOSED, AGAIN
For the second time in as many weeks, the Point Breeze Pop-Up has been shut down. What’s going on? In short, the cease and desist order that shut down the pop-up the first time is back in effect, because L&I appealed the ruling that temporarily lifted it and allowed the garden to reopen, and right now the judge who issued the ruling happens to be on vacation. Owner John Longacre is not pleased with what he sees as a tricky maneuver on behalf of the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections. Here’s what he told us late last night. (Also, ICYMI: Here’s a look at the colorful history of L&I, including bribery, corruption and strippers.)
PLUTO OR NEW TROLLEYS? 7 PHILLY PROJECTS WITH NASA-LIKE PRICE TAGS
Earlier this week, we gawked in amazement at the pictures of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft a mere 7,700 miles away from it. The trip cost about $720 million to fund. It sounds like a lot, but Philadelphia could do it, easily. The city, SEPTA and the management of the Phillies and Eagles have spent about that much money or more on seemingly mundane activities. In fact, a trailblazing rail line to Reading would have cost twice as much as the trailblazing trip to Pluto. Here are seven projects proposed or initiated in Philadelphia that compare to the cost of NASA’s Pluto excursion.
SECURITY CAMERAS: THOUSANDS NOW TIED TO POLICE
Late on Tuesday, four men armed with a shotgun approached a home in Mt. Airy and tried to break in. After several failed attempts to get in the home through a door, the men ran away — but not before one of them looked directly at the homeowner’s surveillance camera. Now, crystal clear images of them are circulating on social media and through community circles. The beginning of August will mark four years since Philadelphia’s SafeCam program officially went into effect. Here’s how it works, and how you can sign up if you own a home or a business in the city.
BILLY PENN LIKES
CRISPY FISH JAWNS: THE BEST CHEAP EATS IN PHILLY
Attention, fans of fried food, Buffalo hot sauce and cheap eats in general: Do not miss the new best dollar deal in Philadelphia. A 99-cent lunch is mostly a thing of the past, but thanks to Ippolito’s, the South Philly seafood shop and eatery that’s been around since 1929, it’s very much a thing that’s available right now. Meet crispy fish jawns.
WE TOOK LOTS OF SELFIES IN PHILLY AND DREW STARES
The selfie stick has gone from a rarely-used novelty to a mainstream, divisive tool. It’s loved or hated and in many cases banned. Many New York and European museums have banned it. So, apparently, has the 7-Eleven at 12th and Chestnut. How do we know? We took to Philly’s streets armed with a selfie stick in a bid to take Billy Penn selfies in public places — some that were touristy, and others less so — to gauge the selfie-stick friendliness of Philadelphia. Here’s what we found.