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, […]
October 30, 2019
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Hamilton in Philadelphia – Part Two: The Musical and the Myth

Yesterday, I gave you step-by-step directions for a self-guided tour of Alexander Hamilton’s Philadelphia. This lines up with the current production of Hamilton: An American Musical being staged by one of two touring companies currently at the Forrest Theater of the Kimmel Center.  Now, most American-born adults know at least a few facts about Hamilton, one of the liveliest Founding […]
October 29, 2019
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Hamilton in Philadelphia – Part One: The Man and the City

With Hamilton: An American Musical wrapping up its three-month engagement at the Kimmel Center, I figured it was time that we took a look at Alexander Hamilton’s life, both the IRL version and the Broadway one. The blockbuster musical is a tour de force, and I’ll admit a bias since I can sing every word of the sung-through libretto by […]
October 24, 2019
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Quaker Manse in Philly Suburb is a Piece of History

It’s a rambling, large home that took about 200 years to build. Suffice it to say, you’re getting a load of character and quirky Pennsylvania history if you buy 411 Old Forge Road, located in the Philly suburb of Media. Tiny and quiet with a population of just 5,000+ and a rural feeling, Media is a great place to raise […]
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