WATCH: Cory J. Popp’s “Frozen Philadelphia” Captures What’s Awesome About Philly in Winter

Philly videographer Cory J. Popp, who we’ve featured numerous times on our blogs, just released a new video that captures the essence of wintertime in Philadelphia. No, I’m not talking about the sludge, and the delayed trains and that grumpy, cold woman you pass on your way to work every morning. This is stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of winter in Philadelphia—those little touches that we often miss because we’re jetting from Point A to Point B before our nipples freeze off. Here, you’ll find the little elderly lady watching the snow from a window on her South Philly row home, a friendly neighbor about to pelt you with a snow ball, the Schuylkill frozen solid in the evening, creating a mirror of twinkling city lights on its steely midnight-blue surface.

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This Is the Only Store in Philly That Will Carry Alexa Chung’s Collection for AG Jeans

Image via Alexa Chung for AG/Avenue 32

Image via Alexa Chung for AG/Avenue 32

You’ve probably heard of Britain’s fashion icon Alexa Chung (basically the other Kate Moss) collaborating on a fashion line with denim royalty AG. The vintage-inspired line consists of killer sweaters, dresses, t-shirts, and endless denim, and it nails Alexa’s careless Twiggy style.

The line is stirring up lots of buzz, but you’ll only be able to snag it in one (yup, just one) Philly shop. The lucky spot? Skirt boutique in Bryn Mawr, who just got their delivery today.

Find out what Alexa items you’ll find in Philly

Voting in Philly: The Agony and The Ecstacy


Went to the polls this morning to vote, which always gives me a thrill. All the other days of the year I carp about the two-party system, the poverty of choices, the crass motivations of the candidates and the ignorance of the electorate (myself included). But without fail, Election Day inspires me. Some people wake up the morning of the Super Bowl and feel electric. That’s how I feel on Election Day.
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Amazing Vintage Videos Chronicle Philadelphia As Far Back as the 1940s

vintage philadelphia videos

After you’re done debating whether to go with the “Amaro” or “Sierra” filter on your next #tbt post, we’ve got some ultimate throwback footage for you that requires absolutely #nofilter. The Philadelphia Department of Records (PDR) has released a series of vintage Philly videos that chronicle the city as far back as the 1940s.

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Philly’s Population Still Growing

Nope, Philadelphia is not Detroit. Axis Philly reports: “In its estimate for 2013, the Census Bureau put the city’s population at 1,553, 165, an increase of about 25,000 residents – or two percent – over 2010.  … Nineteen of the nation’s 20 largest cities rose in population between 2010 and last year. The lone exception is Detroit, which saw its population decline by 3 percent.” Here’s the full list of America’s biggest cities and their growth since 2010.

We’ll keep saying it until we’re sure you believe it.

$2,000 Clue on Jeopardy! Should Be Easy for Philadelphians


As part of my ongoing crusade to inform Philadelphians of mentions of our fair city from around the country, check this out: Last night on Jeopardy! (don’t forget the exclamation point), there was a question about a Philadelphian! The category was Lesser-known Americans, and the value was the highest: $2000!

Do you know it? After the jump, the correct response.

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Philadelphia Event Listings

Our selective, day-by-day guide to the best of what’s happening in Philly. Send event listings to

Thursday 5/15

CHARITY: An Evening at Franklin Square
7:30 p.m., Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets

ART: Vintage Poster Show & Sale
Merrit Gallery, 385 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford

Saturday 5/17

GALA: International House’s Global Gala
6:30 p.m., $250, International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

CONCERT: All You Can Eat Tour Featuring Steel Panther and Future Villains
8 p.m, Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street

Sunday 5/18

THEATER: The Five-Minute Follies featuring Sidetracked
3 p.m., $15-$18, Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street.

CONCERT: Lower Merion Orchestra Free Performance
3 p.m., McShain Auditorium at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont

CHARITY: The Durang Shebang
6 p.m., L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th Street

Thursday 5/22

DANCE: Communitas, a Full-Length Acrobatic Dance Performance with Live Music
May 22-23, 8 p.m., May 24, 8 p.m. and 3 p.m., and May 25, 3 p.m., $20, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street.

Thursday 5/29

CHARITY: 10th Annual Wall Ball
7 p.m, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

Saturday 6/7 

MUSIC: 2014 Chester County Blues BBQ
2 p.m., Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road

What Can Philly Learn From Kansas City?

Philadelphia was once the biggest, baddest town in North America.

We were once second only to London in size in the English-speaking world. The national capital. The nation’s financier. The biggest port. The center of American publishing. The birthplace of the advertising industry. A pioneer in broadcasting. The home of the nation’s first university, hospital, library… the list goes on and on.

The university, hospital and library are all still around, but just about everything else is gone, long gone. (Save maybe for that broadcasting stuff, thanks to Comcast.) Yet somehow, it seems that whenever there’s a discussion about Philadelphia today, that past weighs heavily on our collective consciousness.

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Iverson and McNabb: A Tale of Two Retirements

The tale of two retirements speaks volumes about Philadelphia and our relationship with our sports stars.

Allen Iverson is finally calling it quits after running out of teams and countries that want his diminishing skills. The Philadelphia 76ers are sure to retire AI’s number 3 at a game this year.

The Philadelphia Eagles will retire Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 at halftime on Sept. 19, when former Eagles coach and McNabb mentor Andy Reid comes to town with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.

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