Why Philly Refuses to Become a 24-Hour City

Illustration by Gluekit

Illustration by Gluekit

Every so often, an out-of-towner crashes into Philly with a bold new idea. Almost inevitably, said out-of-towner runs into a brick wall. One recent example: An August story in the Inquirer detailed an audacious plan to transform a block in Callowhill into a world-class destination for late-night clubbing. The project — a luxury 16-story residential tower and 1,000-person dance club, complete with a Finnish sound system and bottle service — is the brainchild of a 24-year-old impresario from Connecticut who looks like a postpubescent Rick Moranis. Predictably, Philadelphians ripped the entire concept apart on social media, like pigeons attacking a day-old Amoroso roll. Read more »

Standard Tap Sous Chef Heroically Defends NoLibs Against Evil Car Alarm

Taking a break from walking the dogs so they can add their own note. (Photo via Eric Wagner)

Taking a break from walking the dogs so they can add their own note. (Photo via Eric Wagner)

It’s Sunday, and you’re sitting on the Standard Tap roof deck in Northern Liberties, enjoying a thick bloody mary, local eggs, and convivial conversation with your friends when the unthinkable happens: the blaring sound of a car alarm pierces the springtime air and your laissez-faire afternoon. You think to yourself Oh, someone will turn it off in a minute. But then they don’t. And it goes on and on and on and on, driving you deeper and deeper into psychosis.

Such was the horror experienced by brunchgoers this past Sunday at the iconic restaurant. Read more »

The Real Deal: A Philly EMT Speaks Anonymously

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With up to two million people expected for the pope’s visit, all of the city’s emergency responders will be on high alert. That includes the many Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), who often provide life-saving medical assistance like CPR and wound care and can also deliver your baby should you not be able to make it to the hospital. Here, a veteran EMT — he worked last weekend’s Made In America Festival and will be on the scene for the papal festivities — tells us all about it.

How was Made In America?

Two days of complete ridiculousness. Read more »

Philly Love Notes Says Goodbye

Emma Fried-Cassorla, the

Emma Fried-Cassorla, the founder of Philly Love Notes | Photo by Bradley Maule

Philly Love Notes, the website that gave people literally hundreds of reasons to crush on a city that can feel frustratingly unlovable at times, is calling it quits.

Emma Fried-Cassorla, the site’s founder, announced that she is publishing its final love note on Tuesday night. Philly Love Notes’ archives will remain online for people to enjoy, however, and the brand’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will continue to share content.

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Philly Named Third Worst Large City in U.S.

Depressing screen shot from WalletHub's results.

Depressing screen shot from WalletHub’s results.

This week the personal finance website WalletHub released a report titled 2015’s Best & Worst Large Cities to Live in, and of the 62 U.S. cities with a population of more than 300,000, Philadelphia ranks 60. The only cities that fared more poorly were Memphis (61) and Detroit (dead last).

Now, normally, I’d look at a study like this and say, with characteristic Philadelphian brio, “Screw you, WalletHub! What do you know? You’re just pumping out content-marketing blather so that people will BuzzFeed you. Surely, your ‘study’ is slight, frivolous and easily debunked.”

Not so.

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Chickens! Chickens Everywhere!

Philadelphia chickens! Photographs, from left, courtesy of Taylor Kyuk-White, Maureen Breen, and Linette

PHILADELPHIA CHICKENS: Photographs, from left, courtesy of Taylor Kyuk-White, Maureen Breen, and Linette

Robert Drake is not usually one to complain. The affable WXPN producer and on-air personality — and part-time weather forecaster — is generally a pretty happy guy and a big city booster. A good egg, as it were. But recently, his feathers were a bit ruffled when his neighbor decided to get some new pets: roosters. Read more »

The 25 Most Beautiful Philly Streets

Photo | Megan DeTrolio

Photo | Megan DiTrolio

Okay, so Philly may have a bit of a garbage problem, but let’s give credit where it’s due here: Trash or no, the place isn’t a total dump. Far from it. There are lots of spots in this sprawling city of ours that can make you forget you’re in a city at all. And then there are swaths that are downright beautiful because of their total, classic urbanity. Truth is, any Philadelphian worth her salt can offer up one or a few favorite stretches — that charming brick-paved street, that especially stunning tree-lined block, that teeny hidden, historic warren — without much hesitation. Read more »

5 Rules for Behaving During Philadelphia Street Festival Season

South Street Festival. Photo | South Street Headhouse District

South Street Festival. Photo | South Street Headhouse District

Somehow, I went almost three decades in this city without having to experience a neighborhood street festival.

Actually, it was easy. I grew up in the Northeast and then spent a good chunk of my 20s in West Philly, two of the most insular communities this side of North Korea. (Go on, ask your friend from Fox Chase to meet you in Center City. I’ll wait.)

But now I find myself renting in Queen Village, an apparently popular part of the city with things to offer and visitors to entertain. If last weekend’s record-breaking South Street Festival was any indication, it’s going to be a long, long summer of improvised trashcans and suspicious puddles.

Want to be a good temporary neighbor? Here’s what to remember before you go back to the ’burbs. (Want to be an even better neighbor? Make some room in that fancy crossover vehicle and bring me with you to the promised land.) Read more »

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