November 14, 2019

The Top Center City Wedding Venues (That Aren’t a Hotel)

Hill-Physick House (Society Hill) Built in 1786, the Hill-Physick House was first constructed to house Dr. Phillip Syng Physick, known today as “the father of American surgery.” It’s a historical landmark house museum, clad handsomely in brick. Its sprawling city garden is a popular venue for both ceremonies and receptions – green, idyllic, and ultra-classic with its tall privacy hedges, […]
November 13, 2019
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Permanent, Affordable Housing Coming to Point Breeze

Affordable housing is at a critical low, not just in Center City, but in the suburbs surrounding downtown as well. It’s truly a problem that affects all of Philadelphia, but its densely-packed core experiences the housing issue most keenly. Rochelle Nichols-Solomon grew up in Point Breeze. It’s her neighborhood. She’s lived to see the neighborhood change, largely in part due […]
November 12, 2019
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Island vs. Kitchen Table: In Philly, There’s an Unlikely Winner

Go, right now, and look at just about any high-end condo listing on this site. Check out Rittenhouse Square penthouses, remodeled Victorians in Wash Square West, or hipster-chic walkups in NoLibs. The hottest properties will all have (at least) one thing in common: a spacious kitchen island with either a deep, large sink or an inset range, with trendy barstools […]
November 11, 2019
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Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Allows Designers’ Creativity to Thrive

In the Center City Macy’s department store, housed in the historic John Wanamaker building, there is a Fashion Incubator – and budding within it are the potential haute couture masterminds of the future. The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator “brings Philly together around entrepreneurship,” encouraging not just the artistic talents of young designers, but teaching them the much-needed skills required for driving […]
November 7, 2019
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New Traffic Signal Near City Hall Gives SEPTA Buses a Head Start

It’s a problem seen in big cities all across America – buses pull over to the curb to collect or disgorge passengers, and then are blocked by traffic on the street that will not allow them back in. It’s by no means an exclusively Center City problem, but downtown’s outrageous traffic issues, paired with a consequential aggression on the part […]
November 7, 2019
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The Magic Gardens and Philadelphia’s Mosaic History

Philly has a tough exterior, but its actual insides are as sweet and soft as chocolate nougat. The City of Brotherly Love has a thriving art scene, with works as highbrow as the masterpieces in the Museum of Art, and as relatable as the Instagram-perfect street art scrawled on building walls by budding virtuosos. One of Philadelphia’s greatest artistic traditions, […]
November 5, 2019
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Knockin’ ‘Em Back at Center City’s Best Dive Bars

It’s one thing to go out drinking in style, but hipsters and old-timers agree that there’s nothing as homey as your local dive bar. It’s nothing to look at, the food may be questionable, and your fellow patrons may be career alcoholics, but it feels like your home away from home. There’s no gimmick like axe-throwing or Christmas music, but […]
November 4, 2019
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Ice Skating and Winter Fun Kick Off in Dilworth Park

Halloween may be still a vivid memory, but winter will officially begin in Center City with the start of one of our best-beloved cold-weather traditions. The ice skating rink at Dilworth Park will open this coming weekend! This eagerly-anticipated event is just one of several seasonal treats planned for city residents at the park, which was formerly Dilworth Plaza. The […]
October 31, 2019
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Get Spooky With These Philly Haunted Attractions!

HAPPY BEST DAY OF THE YEAR, YOU GUYS! I’ll challenge any comer to dispute that Halloween is not the highlight of the year. I mean, October 31st has it all: free candy, cute kids dressed up in costumes, a great excuse to watch horror movies, and parties galore. Halloween in Philadelphia is no exception. We have history on our side, […]
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