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Barry Pollack's "Going Places"

Philadelphia

"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 assorted flavors).
* You find yourself using "Yo" and "Youse guys" when talking long distance to family members.
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, D.C.
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 it.
The 27-ton, cast iron William Penn crowning City Hall is the largest statue in the world to top a building.
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."
Sightseeing:
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 bleachers.
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 enormous bun.

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 history.
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.


Deb,

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.

Take care,

Mike

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
anymore).
Even New Hope isn't that good anymore. The
haven't
recovered from the "Great Flood of 2004",and the
"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?