WATCH: Philadelphians React as U.S. Wins World Cup Thriller

In the team’s World Cup opener yesterday, the United States scored just 34 seconds into the match, then essentially stood around and watched for 80 minutes or so as Ghana controlled possession.

But Clint Dempsey’s first-minute goal held up for a while, despite recording 21 shots (though only 8 were on goal). But Andre Ayew — from what I know from soccer, Ghanians have great names — poked one past Tim Howard in the 82nd minute.

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The Piazza Is Being Turned into a Skating Rink

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I’m a day or two late to this, but: Weeks after the Piazza’s Brooklyn Flea experiment ended, a new tenant is coming to town. Beginning on November 30th, a 5,000 sq ft skating rink will debut at the Piazza. (Hey, figures NYC-based landlord Jared Kushner, if the Brooklyn Flea doesn’t work, maybe Rockefeller Center will.) Just one catch: It’s not real ice!

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Why Brooklyn Flea Couldn’t Cut it in Philly

Photo via Brooklyn Flea Philly

Photo via Brooklyn Flea Philly

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere” is the next-to-last line in Frank Sinatra’s famous paean to “New York, New York.”

And of late, this city has witnessed a slow but steady stream of New Yorkers moving down this way to make it here because they can no longer afford to make it there.

Most of those people are residents, though, and so far, Philadelphians have welcomed them with open arms.

Businesses? That’s another story.

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