Victor Fiorillo

Senior Reporter at Philadelphia Magazine

mark and anna berman from south philadelphia rescuing a swarm of bees
City Life

Bee Swarms Keep Popping Up in Philadelphia. Here’s What to Do If You Spot One

Tens of thousands of flying, stinging insects have been sighted in large clusters recently. Whatever you do, don’t call an exterminator.

City Life

Author R. Eric Thomas on How Living in Philly Was “Life-Giving, Vibrant and Weird”

With his New York Times bestseller Here for It out in paperback this month, we talk to him about his preferred Krimpet, Wawas in space, and what that “R” stands for.

photos of some of the philadelphia sports stars on the cameo app
City Life

The Definitive List of Philly Athletes Trying to Make Some Extra Cash on Cameo

For a personalized shout-out from T.O., be prepared to pay $400; the budget-conscious can consider Vince Papale at a mere $55.

harriett's bookshop owner jeannine cook, who has launched a gofundme to buy a permanent property for harriett's bookshop in fishtown
City Life

Harriett’s Bookshop Raises $75,000 in Three Days to Buy a Permanent Location in Fishtown

“For a business owner, renting is a form of sharecropping,” explains Harriett’s founder Jeannine Cook, whose lease is up in July.

atlantic city arcade the lucky snake inside showboat atlantic city, which is owned by bart blatstein
City Life

Bart Blatstein Is Opening a Massive Atlantic City Arcade

The 103,000-square-foot Lucky Snake will debut on May 15th. Its amenities include the largest Pac-Man one can buy, boardwalk-style games, and a regulation boxing ring. But that’s not all.

Philadelphia gates scholarship winner Akayla Brown
City Life

Meet the Philly Teen Who Just Won the Prestigious Gates Scholarship

Bodine High School student Akayla Brown tells us about her plans for the future.

City Life

I Tried the Cheesesteak at Your Hometown Deli, Paulsboro, NJ’s $100M Business.

This small deli was recently valued at $100m on paper. So how’s the food?

good morning america gives ala stanford an ala stanford street sign in philadelphia
City Life

Good Morning America Told Ala Stanford the City Named a Street After Her. It Didn’t.

The nationally televised gesture was essentially a publicity stunt. But recognizing the founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is still a great idea. Here’s what needs to happen to make it a reality.

reed skoug, the germantown academy teacher who was fired amid allegations of sexual abuse
City Life

Germantown Academy Fires Popular Spanish Teacher Amid Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Reed Skoug was fired by the prestigious private school on Monday morning.

the sound of philadelphia
City Life

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

Fifty years after founding their legendary Philadelphia International Records, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, with friends and collaborators, look back on the musical partnership that came to define the city.

the adidas superstar sneaker created with tommy cash
City Life

Did Adidas Just Rip Off a Nike Sneaker Sculpture Made By Two Philly Artists?

The Dufala Brothers created a ridiculously elongated sneaker that caught the attention of Snoop Dogg and the sneaker world at large. Now, Adidas has released a sneaker that looks remarkably similar.

Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) parking meters in Philadelphia
City Life

Man Claims the Philadelphia Parking Authority Fired Him for Being Gay

longtime Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market head Caesar "Sonny" DiCrecchio, who has been arrested by the FBI
City Life

Sonny DiCrecchio Agrees to Plead Guilty to Massive Embezzlement Scheme at Philly Produce Market

Feds say he used the $7.8 million in ill-gotten gains to fund a $20,000-per-month Stone Harbor beach house and trips to Disney World and the Super Bowl.

mare of easttown
City Life

Mare of Easttown Screenwriter and Chester County Native Brad Ingelsby on Writing for Kate Winslet

The creative mind behind HBO’s new detective show — premiering on April 18th — describes his journey to Hollywood and back again, plus how he got his leading lady hooked on Wawa.

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Hamilton (Yes, Hamilton!!) Kicks off the Return of Live Theater at the Kimmel Center

This fall, the Kimmel Center is bringing real in-person theater back to Broad Street with a big splash.