July 8, 2016
AHMIR "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots hopped on the Facebook and did some Tuesday morning quarterbacking of this year's family-friendly-but-definitely-less-hip Fourth of July concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Mayor Kenney did not fare well. "So uh July Fif. How y'all feeling Philadelphia? That's what y'all wanted . . . right?" Thompson asked in a sarcastic 4:12 a.m. post. That was followed soon after by a lengthy screed that was part postmortem, part hissy-fit aimed at Kenney and his underlings.
July 7, 2016 |
WELL, ISN'T this surprising. Four years ago, with lots of fanfare, Mayor Michael Nutter issued a ban on group feeding in city parks. Yesterday, with little to-do, Mayor Kenney lifted it. Kenney's reason confirms the suspicions of those who believe the ban was more about appeasing rich tourists than it was about protecting the poor. "The mayor doesn't want Philadelphia to be a city with this ban on the books," said Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt. "He doesn't like the signal it sends and how it stigmatizes the poor.
July 6, 2016 |
This year's Wawa Welcome America! pre-fireworks July 4 concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway was an early-bird special. With a goal of getting the explosions in the sky started by 10, the show's biggest names - Hamilton star and Philadelphia native Leslie Odom Jr. and Fort Worth, Texas, retro-soul singer Leon Bridges - had both completed their sets by 6:30 p.m. Odom, who grew up in East Oak Lane, was billed as both a star of the show and...
June 18, 2016 |
Father's Day is Sunday, and Philadelphia boasts a number of opportunities to show Dad how much you care while also having a ball. One Liberty Observation Desk 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, One Liberty Observation Deck , 1650 Market St., 57th Floor, 215-561-3325. If your father's big on heights and sights, he'll get free entry to One Liberty Observation Deck on Saturday and Sunday, when accompanied by one paid admission. If you're really ambitious, catch a free Philly From the Top tour between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Academy of Natural Sciences 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Academy of Natural Sciences , 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, 215-299-1043.
March 15, 2016 |
Philadelphia is home to one of the oldest St. Patrick's Day parades in the nation and - according to listicles across the Web - one of the best. On a cool and drizzly Sunday morning, the Ben Franklin Parkway became a mosaic of green, with kilts and shamrocks. Bagpipes were the soundtrack to reunions as family and friends lined the Parkway. "There's a lot of anticipated excitement," said Maddy Williams, 19, who brought two friends with her. The Philadelphia Emerald Society marched down the Parkway, along with Irish dance troupes and bands playing Irish folk songs, many in traditional garb.
November 18, 2015 |
Weeks after Pope Francis paraded past adoring throngs along Philadelphia's premier boulevard, a new frenzy has taken hold on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Towering cranes, traffic detours, and construction fences have created a Legoland out of Logan Square, whose Swann Memorial Fountain forms the heart of the majestic avenue connecting City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All around the fountain, apartment towers rise, workers topple Vine Street Expressway bridges only to build them back up, and old buildings make way for new hotels.
September 28, 2015 |
Pop legends sang, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and a family-friendly comedian delivered punch lines. But nothing upstaged the true star of the extravaganza Saturday night on the Ben Franklin Parkway: the 78-year-old in a white robe and zucchetto. With a triumphant motorcade, Pope Francis' arrival at one of Center City's most iconic arteries culminated what amounted to a day of adulation for the pontiff making his first visit to the United States.
September 7, 2015 |
City officials billed this weekend's Made in America festival as a chance to test a beefed-up cellular network in advance of the pope's visit at the end of the month. The early returns? According to users, not great. "The phone service is really terrible," said Eliza Stoughton, of North Carolina. "Terrible," Elizabeth Harner, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, said of the cellphone service. "And this fake free WiFi - what is this?" Concert organizers had set up WiFi networks for attendees, but many said they had trouble connecting.
September 7, 2015 |
Meghan Harrington left Boston with three friends at 5 a.m. Saturday for Philadelphia. Music, beer, and revelry beckoned. By 6 p.m., the four women rested on a park bench at the edge of Made in America on the Ben Franklin Parkway, drinking cans of Bud Light acquired for $12 each and a 30-minute wait in line. Tired? Yeah, right. "Beyoncé could keep me going for days without sleep," said Harrington, 29, a teacher. The four women joined a crowd of nearly 70,000 - making this two-day Made in America festival, the fourth annual Jay Z-created and Budweiser-backed spectacle, the largest yet. Three weeks before Pope Francis will draw hundreds of thousands to the Parkway, the swelling crowd generated some problems.
September 6, 2015 |
PEOPLE AT THIS weekend's big party will likely feel hot, hot, HOT! So stay hydrated if you plan on gyrating to Beyonce and other steamy headliners at the Made in America Festival, advised Everett Gillison, city deputy mayor for public safety. "Please drink water in addition to anything else that you might drink," Gillison said yesterday during an afternoon press briefing at the event site on the Ben Franklin Parkway. "It's going to be warm. Please act responsibly. " The 4th annual festival begins today at noon and runs through tomorrow, featuring 62 acts on five stages.