"Better here than in Philadelphia."
Although he never used it, it was a final dig
at his hometown that W.C. Fields jokingly proposed
for his epitaph.
YOU MUST BE FROM PHILADELPHIA IF...
* You realize that your favorite dessert is wooder
ice (It comes in churry, strawburry, and other
* You find yourself using "Yo" and "Youse
guys" when talking long distance to family
You take a vacation at the shore (and liked it).
* You know where to find the Rocky statue.
* You buy soft pretzels at a traffic light.
"Philadelphia is within easy driving distance
of its nearest big-city siblings: 109 miles south
of New York City and 136 miles north of Washington,
See the beautiful public gardens in Independence
National Historical Park, near the just opened
National Constitution Center.
Center City Philadelphia has the nation's largest
concentration of people who walk to work.
People in Philadelphia live with history on a
daily basis. They have access to national landmarks
not found in most other American cities.
For your own self guided walking tour, start at
the Delaware and work your way toward the Schuykill.
Philadelphia was this country's first planned
city, designed by William Penn as a grid of streets
positioned at the narrowest stretch between the
Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.
Philadelphia's urban identity is compromised by
a curse of the quaints, partly because of conventional
guidebooks that focus solely on its colonial heritage.
Once the home to America's industrial might, like
many other American cities, it's great factories
fell into disrepair and industrial obsolescence.
Once home to the Baldwin Locomotive Co., you
can still climb aboard a 350 ton, 101 foot long
Baldwin 60000, installed at the Franklin Institute,
a science and technology museum.
Home to thousands of other smokestack factories
that turned out everything from toys to twine.
There is something haunting about a city where
everything used to be something else.
The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia occupies a turn-of-the
20th Century reproduction of the Roman Pantheon
that once housed the Girard and Mellon banks.
The former Reading Terminal, which has the world's
largest single arch train shed, is now a top notch
food market. Loew's Philadelphia is in the landmark
Philadelphia Saving Fund Society building and
still has the giant landmark PSFS neon sign atop
The 27-ton, cast iron William Penn crowning City
Hall is the largest statue in the world to top
Ben Franklin Parkway, marked by "the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Ghost," with works
from three generations of the Calder family. Alexander
Milne Calder created the famous statue of Penn
that tops City Hall; his son Alexander Stirling
Calder's Swann Memorial is at Logan Circle, and
the white "Ghost" mobile in the Philadelphia
Museum was designed by grandson Alexander Calder."
Liberty Bell Pavilion, between 5th and 6th and
Chestnut Streets, where even at night the bell
is visible through lofty glass walls, surrounded
by beautiful walkways and landscaping.
A block away on Arch St. is the National Constitution
Center that provides an entertaining exploration
of this amazing document.
A stretch of Broad Street south of City Hall has
been renamed the Avenue of the Arts. Its crowning
glory is the majestic glass enclosed Kimmel Center
for the Performing Arts, at Broad and Spruce Streets.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th and Ben Franklin
Parkway, has added a wonderful outdoor martini
bar above the "Rocky Sets" for its popular
Friday evening gallery hours.
The Phillies are justifiably proud of their intimate
modern Citizens Bank Park ball field on Broad
Street at Pattison Avenue which opened in 2004.
The city's skyline is spectacular framed by the
Philly is the wide, graceful sweepof the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway, punctuated by the massive, neoclassical
Philadelphia Museum of Art at one end, and the
ornate, French inspired City Hall at the other.
It is also the gritty streets of South Philly's
Italian Market, where live chickens squawk in
terror and fres sausages sizzle on a corner grill.
Philadelphia has a rich heritage of down home
foods from hot pretzels, hoagies, italian water
ice, to its famous cheese steaks.
Home to the cheesesteak. The most famous - Pat's
and Geno's Steaks both stay open 24 hours a day.
Warm, soft, salty pretzels served slathered with
mustard at stands all over town. The hoagie (aka
submarine) with cold cuts, lettuce, and onions
layered with oil and vinegar and housed in an
While Philadelphia is alive with history during
the day, at night it becomes romantic. The historic
buildings of Independence Square are elegantly
lit at night and riding about the area on one
of the horse drawn carriages lined up nearby make
you feel even more a part of American colonial
Depending on the time of year you tour, you might
have the opportunity to tour the restored colonial
mansions in Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square,
or Fairmount Park.
For New Year's there's the Mummer's Parade - 30.000
grown men dancing and strutting in outlandish
spandex, sequined and feathered costumes accompanied
by brigades of banjo players playing "Oh,
Dem Golden Slippers."
Philadelphia's City Hall, the ornate, just renovated
French Second Empire-style structure in the very
center of things, at the intersection of Broad
and Markets Streets.
I can only help you with 2 things at the moment
as I am getting ready to head out of the house.
Having been to most of the water ice places in
and around Philly, the best (in my opinion) by
far is Rita's. Do you have any out there? Their
consistency, flavors and variety of product is
next to none.Cheesesteaks? Forget about the standard
Pat's Steaks (seriously, is CheezeWhiz something
that any human should ingest?) and Geno's. Although
there is much debate about this topic in the Philly
area, I think the best is John's Roast Pork at
Columbus and Oregon Ave's. They're huge, use top
quality meats and the rolls are just fantastic!
They make a fabulous roast pork sandwich as well.
I'll try to come up with more stuff for your friend
when I have more time. If he wants, he can email
me directly. Just tell him to refer to you in
the subject line so I don't delete him as spam.
Waterfront (has a new Hyatt and lots of very
trendy restaurants. Media has a few of the best,
new restaurants to hot Phila. The new aquarium
on the other side of the river (on Camden water-
front).The Tweeter center on the Camden water-
front is next to the aquarium.
The there's Media, Manayunk(not so great
Even New Hope isn't that good anymore. The
recovered from the "Great Flood of 2004",and
"Great Flood of 2005". Media is great.
The Philly's new ball park,the Eagle new Stadium.
The new Kimmel Center for the performing arts.
** And for the strong at heart, there is the always
interesting, prostitution, drugs, and a few more
deadly sins. If you want we can go into them also?