February 27, 2020

The Top Philadelphia Speakeasies

It’s the Twenties again – the 2020s, that is – and, just like one hundred years ago when flappers and sheiks partied during Prohibition, speakeasy bars are all the rage. There may be no legal restriction on adults consuming alcohol these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to pretend you are doing something illicit. In a a city […]
February 26, 2020

America’s First Safe Injection Site to Open in South Philly

In a move that can only be described as controversial, Philadelphia non-profit Safehouse announced its plans to open the country’s first supervised injection site in South Philly next week. Put very simply, supervised injection sites are safe places for drug addicts to bring their own drugs and inject themselves with clean needles, with medical staff on standby in case of […]
February 25, 2020

Pokemon Go Bringing Special Safari Zone to Center City

Unless you were living under a rock in 2016, you probably at least downloaded Pokemon Go onto your phone. The mobile app, which capitalizes on the nostalgia factor that 80s and 90s babies have for their pocket monsters, has made billions of dollars in the nearly four years it has been in existence. Now on the fifth “generation” of Pokemon, […]
February 19, 2020
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BREAKING: Philly Jesus Makes Headlines Again

Update: when I wrote about Philly Jesus yesterday afternoon (EST), I had no idea that another news story about JC’s biggest fan had surfaced. Read about Philly Jesus yesterday and couldn’t get enough? Boy, have I got an update for you. Michael Grant, a homeless Christian who cosplays as Our Lord and Savior and has been known to disrupt Center […]
February 18, 2020

The Strange (But True) Saga of Philly Jesus

Most big cities have a patron saint. I was today years old when I discovered that Philly’s is John Nepomucene Neumann, a former bishop in the City of Brotherly Love who was America’s first canonized male saint. Ask a rando in Center City if they have heard about good ol’ Saint John, and you’ll probably get blank stares. But Philly […]
February 13, 2020

New Philly Commish Faces Polish Kerfluffle

It was great to see new Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw (ironic name, no?) show up to work for her first day on the job this past Monday. Both a woman and a person of color, her appointment to such a high-profile position was a favorable sign of the city’s embracing its diversity and citizen representation. But Outlaw had not […]
February 12, 2020

On the Hunt For Center City’s Best Bagels

I’m sure that there’s someone reading this who doesn’t enjoy a good bagel, but I don’t want to meet them. (Just kidding. Sort of.) A token of esteem from America’s rich, diverse Jewish emigres, the bagel is the perfect breakfast food. You can slather it in cream cheese of any kind – what folks call a schmear – or drape […]
February 10, 2020
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The Best Farmers Markets in Center City and Beyond

There’s nothing like the produce, baked foods, and farmstand goodies that you can get at your local farmers market. Unfortunately, in Philadelphia, the majority of markets are closed until spring warms the city again. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few hearty stragglers, but exploring long rows of stands with your reusable bag is a April-ish game. Right now […]
February 6, 2020

Golf Simulator Rolls into Center City

Do you love hitting the links, but are sick of driving an hour in each direction to escape the concrete jungle that is downtown and find some actual grass? Golf fans, I have some exciting news. Five Iron Philadelphia just opened, bringing high-quality golf simulation, along with a hangout-worthy bar and lounge, to Rittenhouse Square. No stranger to big city […]