Newsletter for Monday, Oct. 26
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Fall is a beautiful time of year to check out the trail along the Washington Avenue Pier. Photo via @katmarie310 on Instagram.
THE PHILLY BIKE RACE COST $1 MILLION, AND TAXPAYERS ARE FOOTING THE BILL
Every year in June, cyclists race around the city, and every year spectators get hammered and watch the athletes take on the formidable “Manayunk Wall.” Did you know the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, which was privately funded for three decades, has cost taxpayers $1 million so far this year? The Inquirer dug into the numbers and found the city has spent about $600,000 on the 2015 race, and more than $400,000 so far to cover expenses for the 2016 event. Not cool with your taxes paying for a bike race? Everett Gillison, Mayor Michael Nutter’s chief of staff, says it’s “the best $1 million that we could spend, given what we have gotten out of it.” Global city, y’all.
PHILLY IS GETTING A CHIPOTLE-STYLE PIZZERIA
When NBA superstar LeBron James bailed on his McDonald’s endorsement he went to Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, and now the California chain is bringing its have-it-your-way pizzas to Philly. The new location will be at 11th and Montgomery streets on Temple University’s campus. Philly’s first Blaze happens to be in the same building as a Chipotle, and ordering works pretty much the same way — choose a pre-made combo or pick your own meats, veggies, cheese and sauce. Two more Philly locations are in the works, and the owners are hoping Blaze becomes “the Starbucks of fast casual.”
The guy from Pretty Woman, Richard Gere, is picking up the Liberty Medal on behalf of the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. That'll be a thing to say you did.
Where: The National Constitution Center at 525 Arch Street
When: October 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
CHIP FATTAH ON THE GOVERNMENT’S CASE AGAINST HIM
Chaka Fattah Jr. says he’s not all that concerned about the decades he could spend behind bars. The 32-year-old son of longtime Philly Congressman Chaka Fattah is facing a long list of federal charges of bank and tax fraud, while the people once closest to him testify this week that for years he used others’ money to pad a luxurious lifestyle he couldn’t afford. “Yeah, I had a good lifestyle,” Fattah told Billy Penn during a break in testimony last week. “I also took care of a lot of people.”
ALL OF THE PHOTOS FROM THE BILLY PENN BASH
You came, you saw, you drank beer, ate tater tots and bowled. And also you ate cupcakes and cookies from Whipped Bakeshop! Hundreds of you came to the Billy Penn Bash last week at South Bowl, and we’ve got the Photobot 3000 photos to prove it. And thanks to the sponsors who helped us throw such a great party: Beneficial Bank, the Knight Foundation, Comcast/NBCUniversal, SugarHouse Casino and the City Of Philadelphia’s Office of Entrepreneurial Investment.