Luckily it only feels like we’re trapped in South Philly. But it wasn’t that long ago you could be locked up for life in South Philly’s Moyamensing Prison. Located at Passyunk Avenue and Reed Street, where the Acme Supermarket sits today; the prison was built in 1835 and operated until 1963 and wasn’t demolished until 1968. Over the years there were hundreds of executions at Moyamensing prison and thousands of criminals passed through its gates. So today we’re going to talk about the most famous jailbirds at Moyamensing Prison.
Well, since we’re all trapped indoors it might be a good opportunity to talk about the great outdoors. Philadelphia is not a very woodsy place but the city is home to lots of wild creatures. Unfortunately not all of these animals are welcome, most of them don’t belong here at all. So this week we want to talk about Philly’s MOST invasive species.
With the interest of being topical we thought this might be a good chance to review the history of Philly Outbreaks. COVID-19 isn’t this city’s first brush with pandemic, there were even a few deadly diseases that originated in Philly. So today we want talk about the Yellow Fever Outbreak, the Spanish Flu Pandemic, and the Origins of Legionnaires Disease. Maybe by taking a look at how the city survived it’s previous germ wars, we can learn a little something about surviving this one.
Well this week, we’re going to tackle one of the greatest movies ever made in Philadelphia. It’s about a talented underdog who just can’t get ahead in life, everyone thinks he’s a bum. Then he meets the girl of his dreams and she inspires him to go the distance. That’s right, if you can’t tell already, I’m talking about the 1987 classic; Mannequin, starring Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy. Prepare yourself for a deep dive into an 80’s rom-com about a mannequin that comes to life when no one is looking.