June 6, 2016 |
Don't head for the hills - or Wildwood. Don't flee. Stay in town when the Democrats descend. That was the message Mayor Kenney seemed determined to drive home Wednesday at the rollout of the city's plans for the Democratic National Convention. At the ritzy rooftop affair at Top of the Tower restaurant, soaring skyline views - and a toast of Philadelphia Fish House Punch - were served up along with calming assurances. There's no need for any of the fear and loathing that preceded the papal visit, the message went.
May 12, 2016 |
William Penn is due for a physical. Not to mention a waxing and a buffing. The City of Philadelphia plans to restore Penn's bronze statue atop City Hall in late August. The work will take three to four weeks, during which time the observation deck will be closed. Penn's statue was last restored in 2007 with funds from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the city. This time, a different mix is involved: $125,000 in private funds, a $25,000 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA)
February 24, 2016
The Philadelphia Historical Commission may soon consider designating the former home of mob boss Angelo Bruno as a historic landmark. Such a dubious distinction would certainly provide a more expansive view of the city's history, shameful as well as proud. Just think of all the other Philadelphia "landmarks" that could offer similar context by recognizing the darker chapters of the city's past. At the top of the list is City Hall, already a landmark though not officially noted as a nexus of white-collar crime.
January 29, 2016
TOUGH WEEK for City Councilman Mark Squilla , who managed to piss off every musician and live-music lover in the city - and a good chunk of America - with one little piece of proposed legislation. On Wednesday, Billy Penn staff writer Dustin Slaughter wrote that Squilla's bill would require "owners of nightclubs, cabarets, bars and restaurants in the city to collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of entertainers - bands, rappers and DJs - in a registry, and to share that personal information with police upon request.
December 19, 2015 |
Hey, what's the deal? Isn't it supposed to be almost winter? Last weekend, the thermometer hit a near-record high, and it's looking like there won't be a white Christmas. But enjoy it: There's a world of outdoor activities awaiting you around the city. We've put together a few happening this weekend that manage to far surpass spending your Saturday snuggled up inside. Ugly Sweater Run Now is the time to pull out that absurdly embroidered sweater neglected in the back of your closet and wear it with pride.
November 20, 2015 |
The First of Philly's taller-than-Billy Penn buildings will soon notch another first. Liberty One, the city's pointiest skyscraper, opens the city's tallest publicly accessible observation deck on Saturday, Nov. 28. When it comes to looking down from high up, Philadelphia's light on options. City Hall's view from Penn's hat is cool, but it's a cramped, rickety, 5-minute ride up, and once you're there, you've got only 10 minutes, and only if the weather permits. You could hop a ride to the 33rd floor of the Loews Hotel, but those views are limited to north and west.
October 23, 2015 |
The expectations were at least twice as high as Billy Penn's statue on City Hall. After all, Theatre Exile's "Rizzo," whose world premiere is being staged through Nov. 8 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, in Old City, is a play about the most controversial, dominant and polarizing figure in 20th-century Philadelphia politics, written by the city's most successful indigenous playwright and starring an actor who is arguably the region's best and...
August 19, 2015 |
Stevie Wonder showed up on a stage in Dilworth Park on the west side of City Hall just after 3 p.m. on a sweltering Philadelphia day. After warming up with a few instrumental selections before the highly excitable crowd gathered Monday to see him, he took a few minutes to explain what he was doing there. "Hello, Philadelphia, I'm so happy to be here," said the 65-year-old musical genius, who had just arrived from Washington on a whirlwind journey to announce the final 20-city leg of his tour for the 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life . He'll play the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 7. "It's all about love," Wonder said.
April 10, 2015 |
THE LITTLE GIRL is a frequent visitor to the second floor of City Hall. She slips - unseen - past the police officers outside Mayor Nutter's office. She secrets herself within a majestic room called Conversation Hall. She is not supposed to be there, unsupervised, at all hours of the night. Officer George Feinstein, part of the mayor's security detail, acknowledges that he's never actually seen the girl. But twice he's heard her giggle while making his second-floor rounds. He's also heard her sigh, breezily, as he chitchatted with some City Hall visitors.
October 18, 2014 |
She loves Philadelphia. "Come on, this city is gorgeous!" She'd even like to buy some real estate here. "Anyone have some ideas?" But she wanted to know who that guy was standing atop City Hall. "Billy Penn?" she asked incredulously. "What'd he do? Was he like poet laureate, or something, of Philadelphia?" That was Diane Keaton, 68, one of a star-studded handful of keynote speakers Thursday at the 11th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women, where more than 7,000 women and a few men attended the one-day lollapalooza-scale event.