Time lapse: An empty city in black and white feels so eerie and lonely

This short time lapse by Bruce W. Berry Jr is already a powerful piece of work. It turns the buildings of Philadelphia into towering monoliths that hide people away, it makes the sky look like ghouls seeping in and it turns the city into a haunting place. Sadly though, the story behind this time lapse is even more… » 11/06/14 12:54am 11/06/14 12:54am

Philadelphia's Newest Park Is Built on Top of a Sewage Overflow Tank

Venice Island, which officially opened this month in Philadelphia, has all the amenities you might expect from a nice city park—gardens, basketball court, amphitheater—but also something unexpected: a 4 million gallon sewage overflow tank. And you know what? A park built on top of the sewer is a very good thing. » 10/17/14 3:56pm 10/17/14 3:56pm

The Eerie Abandoned Railway That Could Become Philly's Next Park

When the Reading Viaduct opened in 1893, Philadelphia was a booming industrial city; the elevated railway quickly became an essential artery in the beating heart of manufacturing on the East Coast. Now, advocates want to turn it into a park that will wind its way through the city. » 5/27/14 12:40pm 5/27/14 12:40pm

Climb into a sinkhole of bureaucracy in Pennsylvania (no, really, it's a cave), explore San Francisco's most storied structure (not the Golden Gate bridge), and jet off to to Myanmar (or is it Burma?). Plus, SCARY CLOWNS! In this week's Urban Reads. » 3/24/14 7:30pm 3/24/14 7:30pm

A peek at Crimea's controversial election day, Philly widens freeways by mistake, and does Austin, Texas, have a drinking problem? Plus, the incredible story behind Rio's most famous monument, and the truth about earthquakes in L.A. Come along with us on this week's Urban Reads. » 3/18/14 6:20pm 3/18/14 6:20pm

Philly Is Suing Scientology Over Its Vacant "Cathedral of the Future"

The Church of Scientology has reportedly spent roughly half a billion dollars buying up buildings in U.S. cities over the past few years—but, in many cases, these huge buildings have remained vacant. Now, the city of Philadelphia is taking the church to court over an empty tower. » 12/03/13 4:47pm 12/03/13 4:47pm

Philly, First US City to Ban 3D Printed Guns "Based On Internet Stuff"

On Thursday, Philadelphia became the first U.S. city to enact a ban on 3D printed guns. It's a pre-emptive move, because so far there hasn't been a single report of 3D printed firearms showing up in Philly. As an assistant to the bill's author told Philly Magazine, "it's just based on internet stuff out there." » 11/23/13 10:04am 11/23/13 10:04am

An Infrared View of Philadelphia Is Trippy and Apocalyptic

The idea of an empty city is sort of simultaneously awesome and creepy because it would be cool to have a space built for thousands of people all to yourself, but you'd have to wonder where everybody went. Photographer Bruce Wayne Berry Jr. wanted to investigate the feelings evoked by an empty city while using… » 9/29/13 9:23am 9/29/13 9:23am

Philadelphia Bus Troll Jams Cell Phone Signals When People Talk Too…

I can understand the need for enforced cell phone silence in a variety of venues—libraries, funerals, theaters. But on a public bus in the middle of Philadelphia? Call me old fashioned, but that's kind of a dick move. » 3/05/12 11:20pm 3/05/12 11:20pm

How One "Rogue Vehicle" Took an Impromptu Tour of Philadelphia's Runways

Air traffic controllers move over 1200 flights through Philadelphia International every day. Their job is grueling with zero margin for error and isn't getting any easier thanks to Kenneth Richard Mazik and his desire to see the planes—up close and personal. » 3/01/12 9:30pm 3/01/12 9:30pm

Most of Einstein's Brain Is Now Concentrated in New Jersey and…

What, you didn't think academia would just let the finest mind in science rot do you? When Einstein died in 1955, his grey matter was preserved for posterity. Now, 46 slivers of his thinking cap have been donated to Philadelphia's Mütter Museum. » 11/19/11 3:20am 11/19/11 3:20am

Someone Found True Love During the Earthquake

Someone found true love during the earthquake, baby. The kind that actually shatters the ground. That happened to me once. Except that there was no earthquake. And nothing shattered. Actually, it wasn't true love. » 8/23/11 6:37pm 8/23/11 6:37pm

Don't Try to Get Someone to Kill Your Ex via Facebook

There are plenty of great ways to murder someone. Poison in the champagne, ninja star, running them over with a tractor—but whatever you do, don't try to solicit a hitman with your Facebook status. » 6/16/11 4:00pm 6/16/11 4:00pm

Philadelphians Can Send Evidence of Government Corruption Straight to…

Philly Watchdog is an anti-corruption app that lets Philadelphians report unlawful acts by city workers, as long as they're able to capture the culprits on photo or video on their iOS devices. [Philly Watchdog via Fast Company] » 4/28/11 7:07pm 4/28/11 7:07pm

Computer Predicts Prisoners' Chances of Murdering Again

A university professor has invented a computer program with crystal ball powers, only its channel is tuned purely to predicting the probability of murders—specifically, if inmates at a Pennsylvanian prison will ever kill again. » 8/09/10 1:40pm 8/09/10 1:40pm

Postal Service Mail Handler Steals 2,200 GameFly Rentals

Both GameFly and Netflix package their by-mail rentals in bright, obvious envelopes, and a Philadelphia mail handler took advantage, stealing 2,200 GameFly games in just six months. When he was caught, he had 81 games on him. 81! » 10/17/09 2:00pm 10/17/09 2:00pm

T-Mobile Launches 21Mbps 3G Service in Philadelphia

While AT&T says 7.2Mbps is as fast as their 3G service will go before they roll out 4G, T-Mobile began rolling out HSPA+ 3G service in Philadelphia at the insane speeds of 21Mbps, ahead of their 2010 predictions. » 9/19/09 2:30pm 9/19/09 2:30pm

iPod Survives Falling Tree Accident, Is Not to Blame for Owner's Death

A Philadelphia jogger was killed yesterday by a falling tree when she failed to hear the warning signs of the impending crash over the music from her iPod. But let's not be hasty and blame the iPod. » 8/06/09 8:00pm 8/06/09 8:00pm