It’s sad that we live in a society that needs freakin’ public service announcements to tell men not to sexually harass women. (Ask me about the man at Starbucks last night who would. Not. Leave. Me. Alone.) But HollabackPHILLY — anti-street harassment crusaders extraordinaire — have made some of the best posters against unwanted perving that we’ve seen. You can check ‘em all out at HollabackPHILLY’s website. [HollabackPHILLY via Bitch Magazine]
Some of you asked for an update on the story we ran a couple of weeks ago about Philadelphia homeowner Melissa Frost’s struggle to get rid of a violent squatter from her property. A day after our article ran, the Philadelphia City Paper also ran a piece on the case, and identified the man as Jamison Bachman. In the piece, Bachman explained his tactic of having Melissa file charges against him, incurring the filing costs, which then allowed him to file countersuits for free. He also openly admitted that even if a judge were to issue a judgement requiring he pay Frost in damages, “I don’t have any assets in Pennsylvania, so if I decide that I don’t want to pay that judgment, she has to try to come after me. It becomes so expensive for her.
Frost now reports that after two months of living in her house rent- and utilities-free, Bachman has vacated the premises. Not without leaving a mess behind, of course … Would you like to see what a toilet full of cat poop looks like? I thought so…
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Warning: This story is probably going to enrage you. Part-time New Yorker Melissa Frost — full disclosure: she’s a friend of mine — wanted to help out the victims of Hurricane Sandy and she conveniently had a vacant room in the house she owns in Philadelphia. So when a 55-year-old man got in touch with her about renting out a room, she was all too happy to let him move in. “I got a response to the ad for the house from this guy saying he had been displaced by Sandy, and was still in Rockaways with no heat,” Frost told The Frisky. “He had pets and a seemingly good Internet persona–well educated, 55 … a reasonable adult.” Since her house happened to be unrented at the moment, “I told him it could be a good layover spot while he looked to find permanent housing.”
But no good deed goes unpunished.
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In between staging riots on behalf of the Eagles and perfecting lager and cheesesteaks, the city of Philadelphia found the time to accomplish something truly exceptional. According to a new study, Philadelphia wears more sweatsuits than any other city in the country. That’s more sweatsuits than Lafayette, Louisiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; and Laredo, Texas — the four cities that came in behind Philly. Keep reading »
I went to college and lived in Philadelphia for more than 10 years, and I consider myself always and forever a Philly girl. Which is why I’m totally loving these unearthed vintage ’80s shots of Philly’s finest from way back when. Don’t let the smiles fool you — these girls could claw your eyes out if they wanted to. With one flick of the wrist they could have their earrings off and jab you straight in the face for messing with them. Which is why I’ll love them forever. [Teenage Film]
A few days ago, The Roots’ Questlove was on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” and he started some beef with Tina Fey, claiming that whenever she’s on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” she’s kind of not very friendly. Tina, being awesome, wanted to address this as quickly as possible, so she appeared on the show last night and resolved to squash their beef by ceremoniously chowing down on Ye Olde Hoagie of Forgiveness.
For those of you who aren’t from Philadelphia, a hoagie is a sandwich, and it is delicious. And Tina Fey’s impression of the Philadelphian accent is pretty much spot on. I won’t keep you in suspense: the sharing of the Hoagie of Forgiveness seemed to work like a charm. Perhaps it can be employed in other similar beefs? Say, peace in the Middle East? What if we made it Kosher? [Hulu]
Philly, how you feeling? Everything okay? According to info from Google, you guys are the most depressed city in the country. At least based on your Googling habits. According to researchers, Philadelphians search for depression-related terms more than people from any other city. And that kind of makes sense, considering Pennsylvania is the most depressed state in the country, based on the same set of criteria. Also in the top five most depressed cities: Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Seattle, Washington.
Now, before you feel too morose about your town making the list (compounding your no doubt already morose feelings), think of it this way — maybe it’s just that people in your city are more proactive about exploring their emotions, while those of us in other cities and towns are just shoving our emotions down and eating our feelings. Yes, that’s it. [PsychCentral]
Imagine wandering around the mall one day and having more than 600 people spontaneously break into song. That’s exactly what happened to shoppers at a Philadelphia Macy’s last month when they were treated to an ebullient rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.” Part of the Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture”
initiative, the event included members of the Philadelphia Opera Company, along with participants from 28 other choral groups. The group was accompanied by Macy’s in-house Wanamaker Organ, the largest pipe organ in the world. [YouTube
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Someone is trying to keep Philadelphia’s delicious cupcakes down. Yesterday, Philly police confiscated the Buttercream Cupcake Lady truck. And they fined the cupcake lady, Kate Carrara, $200 for violating Philadelphia’s “business compliance” laws
But Carrara, a former lawyer, said she is properly licensed to have the truck in the city. “There’s crack deals a block away and three cops are surrounding the Cupcake Lady? I mean, really?” she said. Plus, Philly is averaging a murder every other day or so. Keep reading »
Philadelphia Senator Anthony Williams has decided that there’s an interesting juxtaposition between crime and style, and is cracking down on the city’s issues by addressing the fashion choices of a few residents. This morning, during an announcement from the Mayor, Williams mentioned that extra funds from the city’s budget are going to be devoted to stopping the “white-T culture” in Philadelphia. Essentially, he feels that by eliminating the ability to derive power from their common look, the Senator believes he’ll effectively decrease the power of street gangs who hang around on the city’s corners in huge white T-shirts. “We’re penetrating the veil of silence,” he said of the decision. “During these tough economic times, we have to set our priorities and be a role model for the country. These children are looking for us to stand up for them, and we have to turn this ‘white-T culture’ in a different direction.” I hate to say it, but, uh, I don’t think the solution to ending gang violence is as easy as banning white T-shirts. What do you think? Could nixing the white T-shirt culture really help change the crime problems of the city? And what about people who aren’t in gangs who want to wear white T-shirts? [Styleite] Keep reading »