As crews cleaned up from the rowdy overnight Super Bowl celebrations in Center City, commuters made their way to work on Monday bearing a mix of sleep deprivation and pure shock.
At the Snyder Avenue Broad Street line station, Albert Solimeo waited quietly for a train — until he spotted neighbor Joseph Forte on the platform. Their high-five’s echoed through the otherwise subdued station.
“It was tit for tat all night long,” said Forte, 46. “They were just going back and forth. And we did it man, usually, you know, Philadelphia, we do it so big and then we blow it in the end. We didn’t blow it this time.”
Both men have lived in South Philadelphia their whole lives. Both said they never expected to experience a night like Sunday.
“Speechless. Speechless,” 53-year-old Solimeo said over, and over, and over. “I have nothing to say. If you would have told me it would’ve went down that way there’s no way I would have believed you.”
In Center City, city crews made quick progress cleaning up Monday morning, sweeping sidewalks and streets littered with beer cans, busted-open cigars and other debris. By noon, that job was mostly complete, and workers had moved onto setting up porta potties in preparation for Thursday’s victory parade, scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue.
Porta potties being set up at City Hall ahead of parade Thursday. pic.twitter.com/oOLPZRXBUd
— Julia Terruso (@JuliaTerruso) February 5, 2018
Downed street lights caused some traffic problems at several major intersections, including Market and Juniper Streets. Workers from the Streets Department began replacing the first of six toppled lights there at about 10 a.m. The work was expected to be finished later Monday.
Another four lights were tipped at 17th and Chestnut Streets. Those were expected to be replaced by Monday evening or Tuesday morning. A police officer was at the busy intersection directing traffic in the early morning but not later in the day. The intersection filled with vehicles, but most were stopping and yielding to pedestrians.
Several windows were smashed at the Market Street Macy’s, and workers there shoveled the shards of glass into buckets Monday morning. An awning at the nearby Ritz Carlton collapsed Sunday night under the weight of fans who had crawled on top.
Outside the Macy’s next to City Hall, crews are literally shoveling glass. And across the street, police are directing traffic — the traffic lights were torn down. pic.twitter.com/TRwXxdnrm2
— Michael Boren (@borenmc) February 5, 2018
At a gas station at Broad and Catharine streets that was looted during the celebrations, a sign on the locked door said simply: CLOSED. Candy bars and trash were littered on the sidewalk.
At the gas station that got looted at Broad and Catharine last night, candy bars and trash are still everywhere. People mopping inside. Sign on locked door says simply: CLOSED. pic.twitter.com/3bfuADZtES
— Michael Boren (@borenmc) February 5, 2018
About 7 a.m., clearly tired commuters walked through the underground walkways of Suburban Station, some wearing Eagles green.
Girl Scouts Madison Long and Paige Clipsham, both 12 and of Morgantown, Berks County, waved green and white pom-poms, trying to rally those passing to a nearby table filled with cookies for sale.
For today, the girls have renamed Thin Mints “Eagles Green.”
Madison Long (left) w/Paige Clipsham, both 12, of Morgantown,Berks County,Girl Scouts Troop 1724, waving to tired commuters Suburban Station pic.twitter.com/ceCGC5FOQU
— Julie Shaw (@julieshawphilly) February 5, 2018
Long’s mother, Shannon Long, said they drove in from Morgantown, arriving about 5:30 am. They set up their table and display of boxes about 6 a.m., but only sold about seven boxes in the first hour. They plan to sell until noon.
Business is “slow, but we’re optimistic that everybody needs celebratory cookies,” Shannon Long said.
Sales were better at Modell’s near Walnut and 16th Streets, which opened at 5 a.m. three hours early. Stacks of Super Bowl championship shirts in every size were piled high on folding tables, boxes of extras jammed beneath.
Alanna Lacina, the manager, got in to open the store at 3 a.m.
“Last night we had a great night of sales, lines going to the back of the store,” she said. “Everyone’s really excited.”
Anna Cattie and her daughter Isabella, 16, of Quakertown capped their weekend stay in Center City by buying $180 in Eagles gear.
“It’s amazing. I’ve never seen them win a Super Bowl, but I’ve seen them lose a lot,” said the mother, 47, who watched the game at the hotel where they stayed with a group that included her husband and son.
“This year the team was such a family themselves, and so gracious,” she added. “Everything Nick Foles said was gracious. It makes you so proud of the Eagles.”
Anna Cattie and daughter Isabella, 16, of Quartertown, spent the weekend in Center City watching the game with family. They capped their stay with a stop at Modell’s 16th and Walnut store, where they dropped $180 on Eagles gear. pic.twitter.com/txhAWAt66Q
— Mensah M. Dean (@MensahDean) February 5, 2018
On Tuesday, city officials are expected to release more details on the long-awaited victory parade.