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Philly Visitors Guide - visitphilly.com‎

Top events, exhibits and more from Philly's Official Visitor web site.
Attractions: Independence National Historical Park, The Liberty Bell Center…
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Hidden City Tours & Events : http://hcp.memberlodge.com/events?refreshed

University City area realtors : http://www.universitycity.org/real-estate-information

IRS Office, is 600 Arch St.--- : appt. phone no.: 1-844-545-5640

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The Gallery Mall in City Center may be transformational for creating a new hub ,.. (eventually)


The Gallery - a three-block-long shopping mall in Philadelphia's Center City

How it will look in 2019:


PREIT’s plans promise to reconnect the shopping center with the rest of Market Street. In 2014, the real estate company brought in Macerich, the third-largest publicly traded mall company in America, which now has a 50 percent interest in The Gallery.
Woodard has mixed feelings about the project, which he views as a necessary auxiliary to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the luxury hotels that have sprouted near City Hall. Although he loved The Gallery as it was, he also recognizes that it proved a challenge. Its stores did not appeal to conventioneers and tourists, and the closest shopping destinations were around Rittenhouse Square, a mile away from the convention center. It didn’t compare to the outlet offerings that similarly prominent cities like Atlanta or Boston have in their city centers to capture tourist dollars. The population that could be served in the immediate vicinity had changed radically as well. In 1980 there were only 2,768 people per square mile in the census tract that contains The Gallery. By 2000, there were 6,762. At last count, the number had more than doubled to 14,424 with similar patterns in most of the surrounding tracts
> https://nextcity.org/features/view/philadelphia-gentrification-retail-gallery-mall-makeover


The owners of the mall,

PEI : Invests in retail shopping malls and power centers especially in the eastern United States. Based in Philadelphia : website

MAK : Owns and operates regional shopping malls, mainly in the western US.: website



Construction begins on massive Gallery Mall project

It’ll be a construction zone until 2018

by Melissa Romero Dec 20, 2016


IMG_7771.0.jpeg Construction has begun on the $575M Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia project at Gallery Mall.Photo by Melissa Romero


Construction has officially begun at the massive Gallery Mall, which will be transformed into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia when all is said and done.

Shoemaker and Skanska have been contracted to co-lead construction efforts, which will involve renovating about 1,400,000 square feet of both interior and exterior space, making it the largest retail repositioning project in the region.

It’s not the companies’ first time tackling Gallery Mall. Shoemaker spearheaded construction of Gallery I in 1977. Skanska built Gallery II about a decade later.

Preliminary construction, namely interior demolition, actually started earlier this year, not a minute after developer PREIT was awarded a $10 million RACP state grant. The total cost of the projection is projected to be around $575 million.

Construction will now include a long list of repairs, including replacement of common area floor finishes, ceilings, lightings, and columns, as well as some selective structural demolition.

On the exterior, crews will transform the facade, sidewalks, and streetscapes on Market, 11th, 10th, 9th, and Filbert streets. There will be a glass entrance, and a continuous row of ground-level shops and digital signage.

If all goes to plan, construction should finish up in August 2018. These renderings offer a sneak peek of what to expect.

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Movie theater planned for revamped Gallery mall, city records show
Philly.com-13 Jan 2017

A permit application filed with Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections for work at the Gallery at Market East shopping mall refer ...

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AirBNB Guidebook (recommended by AirBNB Hosts)


Things to do in Philadelphia (West Philly)


100 Horticulture Drive·Map·Website


$$· 701 South 50th Street·Map·Hours·Website

Delicious gourmet pizza and in-house craft beer. Outside seating available.


2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway·Map·Hours·Website : *333 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of Philly's neatest modern art collections. A must-see for art lovers.


$$· 4800 Baltimore Avenue·Map·Hours·Website : *63

Delicious Breakfast & Brunch, and tasty coffee. Good for sitting inside or outside- nice place to get some work done.


1020 South Street·Map·Hours·Website : *156 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of my favorite spots in Philly- an indoor/outdoor mosaic labyrinth of mosaic, poetry, and found-object art. Sometimes hosts music and cultural events.


$$· 509 South 2nd Street·Map·Hours·Website

Cozy bourbon & blues bar with a great live blues jam and dance on Sundays.


4618 Baltimore Avenue·Map·Hours·Website

Pakistani Chaat place- the food is unusual, affordable, and really tasty, but the real reason to go is the owner who is a total character. Also they have over 50 Lassi flavors made with fresh ingre... read more


5400 Lindbergh Blvd·Map·Hours·Website

Little-known oasis in the middle of West Philly with free kayaking on the river on Saturday afternoons.


Blues Dancing here on Monday nights. 8:30-9:30 lesson, dancing till midnight!

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U.S. News names Philly the second best place to visit in 2017


But we already knew that, right?

by Melissa Romero : June 21



The annual ranking, just released this week, said of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, “The first (and only) city in the USA to be named a UNESCO World Heritage City, Philly offers so much more than cheesesteaks.” (To be clear, however, Philadelphia is considered a World Heritage City by the Organization of World Heritage Cities. To qualify, a city must be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site.)

What more does it offer than a good hoagie? Yes, lots of history, but also a “bumping nightlife,” avid sports fans, and a “thriving” restaurant scene, according to the report.

The No. 2 ranking comes after Philly earned a spot on Travel+Leisure’s top 50 places to visit in 2017 list. In 2016, Philly was named the number 1 place to visit by Lonely Planet and earned a third spot ranking on New York Times’ 2015 list.

As for its suggested places to visit in Philly, the U.S. News and World Report offered one-, two-, and three-day itineraries that included touristy spots like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Reading Terminal Market.

Those places are all fine and well, but we’d argue that they barely skim the surface of what makes Philly so wonderful and odd at the same time. If you want a few more options, some that are a bit more off-the-beaten path, Curbed Philly’s got you covered: Here are 26 places you should visit in Philly right now.

Oh, and chances are you can guess which city took this year’s top spot: New York City.

But not everyone agrees... Do they?


"I'd rather be here than Phildelphia" - W.C.Fields

haha - that was a long time ago - & the legend is wrong:

“Better here than in Philadelphia.” The actual line in question is:

“Here lies W. C. Fields. I would rather be living in Philadelphia.”

However, that is not Fields’ ACTUAL epitaph, as many people believe, but a joke he made over two decades before he actually passed away. In a 1925 article in Vanity Fair, Fields made a joke about what he would like his epitaph to be, and that’s what he came up with, once again a joke about Philadelphia.

Field’s ACTUAL epitaph is the quite simple “W. C. Fields 1880 – 1946”

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Beat the heat at 14 free air-conditioned sites in Philly


Instead of staying cooped up at home without anything to do, why not explore Philly's ice-cold museums and buildings instead—for free?

These 13 free sites let you—and equally sweaty tourists—enjoy the city in cooler conditions.


by Melissa Romero

May 17

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The Hottest Brunches in Philly Right Now, June 2017

On the hunt for the buzziest brunches



by Eater Staff Jun 6, 2017

Many of Philadelphia's best brunch spots are classics, with lines out the door every weekend.

And then there are the new additions to Philly's brunch scene, doing their best to make eggs, pancakes, and waffles stand out in the crowd.

Here are 16 of the most noteworthy new brunches to try. This month, we add bagels with a view at 24 and crab cakes at Pinefish.

The map points are are listed in chronological order (based on opening or introduction of brunch), with the newest additions at the top.


> https://philly.eater.com/maps/best-new-brunch-restaurants-philadelphia

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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words Clark Park?
We polled people and received answers ranging from simple things like sledding, dogs, drumming, trees,...


Clark Park’s turnaround began in 1998, spurred in part by a farmers market operated by The Food Trust. Created in 1992 as the Reading Terminal Farmers’ Market Trust, the organization was formed to provide healthy food to underserved areas of the city.


While early markets involved staff hauling food from the Reading Terminal Market out to housing developments since farmers weren’t initially comfortable coming to low income areas of the city, the model – and the markets’ profitability – changed once farmers began selling their products directly to consumers. Clark Park was one of the first locations of such a market, and served as an early success story for both The Food Trust and the neighborhood.


Sandy Sherman, the Director of Nutrition Education who helped launch markets back in the early 90s, described Clark Park as an ideal location for a farmers' market: the community was supportive; farmers felt comfortable onsite; there was ample space to display the food and for cooking demonstrations; and The Food Trust could collaborate with community partners like UCD and FoCP to make the market a success. Local residents “knew the farmers, they knew the educators, they knew the recipes and wanted new ones, they wanted to taste new things.” Other locations couldn’t compare to Clark Park due to the “community feeling and the space.”




In 1999, UCD partnered with The Food Trust to produce an ad campaign; centered on the market, “The Best Things in Life are Fresh” promoted healthy eating throughout West Philadelphia and other parts of the city. The campaign helped catapult the market; today it is arguably The Food Trust’s most successful market, and it’s certainly the longest running. “Farmers’ markets drive economic development and raise property values,” Sandy says. “People come and put money in and like it and feel safe. It’s a source of food for health, but it’s also a source of community and feeling part of where you live. Clark Park exemplifies all of that for us.”


> MORE: http://www.universitycity.org/blog/20-years-20-stories-clark-park

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The Baltimore Ave. Stroll - Photos & Map showing restaurants on Baltimore Ave.


Dollar%20Stroll%2014.jpg?itok=sMKjQ3VZ : Conquer the stroll - Plan!

The Stroll was last week - June 15thDollar%20Stroll%20June%2015%202017%20Map


> http://www.universitycity.org/baltimore-ave-dollar-stroll

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TRAIN Tragedy ... (again, but no one was killed - thank God!)


42 Hurt After Trains Collide Near Philly; 'Blood Everywhere'...


A high-speed train barreled into another train at one of SEPTA's busiest terminals overnight, causing what one passenger described as a bloody scene and injuring more than 40 people.

SEPTA officials say a Norristown High Speed Line train was arriving at the 69th Street Transportation Center on Market Street in Upper Darby, Delaware County at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday when it crashed into an unoccupied train that was sitting in the terminal.


"I stood up to get off to get ready to get to my bus on time and smack, it hit the other trolley, parked," Ronnie, a passenger who did not want to reveal his full name, told NBC10.

At least 42 people — including the conductor — were injured in the crash. SEPTA officials say none of the injuries are life-threatening. At least four of the victims are in critical condition however.

. . .

Micozzie said he's concerned about safety at terminal. He plans to call U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the Democrat from Philadelphiia, Tuesday and ask for help in getting speed reduction systems installed on the tracks.

Called Positive Train Control, the system can automatically slow or stop a train that exceeds a set speed limit. Amtrak activated the system on the Northeast Corridor following the deadly 2015 crash of Amtrak 188 in Northeast Philadelphia.

SEPTA has not said whether the system is installed on the line or if there are plans to install it.

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Bike Tour of West Philadelphia Gardens


Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Join the Sierra Club SPG and Neighborhood Gardens Trust for a biking tour of community gardens in West Philadelphia.

We will visit 6 diverse gardens and hear from their caretakers about preservation and how gardens and urban agriculture build equity, sustainability and community


> Meet-up Group: https://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-Sierra-Club-Outings/events/243177342/


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A Real Estate related meet-up:

WHIP MeetingL Learn from the Pros and Let's Make Some Deals!

  • Thu Oct 5 : 6:00 PM
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Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia City Avenue 4100 Presidential Blvd., Philadelphia, PA (map)

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Wholesaling Houses in Philadelphia (W.H.I.P.) is a community for new and experienced real estate wholesalers and investors to network, partner, exchange deals and share ideas. Our group also welcomes realtors, contractors, real estate attorneys, tax accountant, appraisers, home inspectors and other real estate professionals who LOVE real estate! Bring your deals, your questions, your appetite for deals and your positive energy!

Every month we will have a successful real estate investor come to speak about how they started with No Money and No Credit. Anyone can invest in real estate and achieve financial freedom, but not everyone will, WILL YOU?

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StartupBlink September Networking event
Hello, Philadelphia entrepreneurs! It is time again for our monthly networking event happening in dozens of cities around the world in the same day! This is your chance... Learn more

Hosted by: StartupBlink Global Map (Co-Organizer)

This Meetup repeats on the 4th Thursday of every mont
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Philly’s five most walkable neighborhoods

by Melissa Romero Sep 19, 2017,

shutterstock_435489640.0.jpg Philly’s most walkable neighborhoods are all based in Greater Center City.Courtesy of Shutterstock


One of the more recent accolades that Philly likes to pat itself on the back for is its walkability. Year after year, the city has ranked among one of the most walk-friendly cities in the U.S.; the most recent list named Philly the fifth most walkable.


Even Philly’s new construction is the most walkable in the country. A 2016 report found that 91 percent of new Philly homes built in 2016 had a Walk Score higher than the actual city score, which was 78 at the time. This year’s stats place Philly’s Walk Score at 79. (Its transit score is 68 and its bike score is 68.)

But Philly is a big city, and not every single neighborhood is as walk-, transit-, or bike-friendly as the other. Here, we present the top five most (and least) walkable neighborhoods in Philadelphia, according to Walk Score. (Hint: They’re all located in Greater Center City.)

  • Walk Score: 99
  • Transit Score: 100
  • Bike Score: 96

1. Center City West

With a Walk Score of 99, Center City West is the most walkable neighborhood in Philly

Where to walk: Rittenhouse Square is just below Walnut Street, Schuylkill River Trail runs along the edge of the neighborhood, and Philadelphia’s City Hall is right next door.

  • Walk Score: 99
  • Transit Score: 100
  • Bike Score: 94

2. Avenue of the Arts (South)

This stretch of South Broad Street is lined with Philly’s major arts institutions, from the Kimmel Center to the Academy of Music....

Where to walk: Its name as Avenue of the Arts says it all: Philly’s most popular theater venues literally line the street.

Rittenhouse_Square.0.jpg R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

  • Walk Score: 99
  • Transit Score: 100
  • Bike Score: 94

3. Rittenhouse Square

No surprise here: Rittenhouse Square is the third most walkable neighborhood in Philly, and happens to be located right by Center City West.

Where to walk: Rittenhouse Square is within the neighborhood limits, while Schuylkill River Trail is a short jaunt away (we highly recommend meandering through Rittenhouse and Fitler Square’s idyllic side streets to get there!).

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  • Walk Score: 99
  • Transit Score: 100
  • Bike Score: 96

4. Washington Square West

This leafy neighborhood is bound by Broad Street to the east, 7th Street to the west, Chestnut Street to the north, and South Street to the south. .

Where to walk: Where not to walk? If you want food, there’s the stretch of restaurants like El Vez, Bud and Marilyn’s, and Double Knot along the 1300 block of Sansom and Walnut. For tourist attractions, Independence Hall is right on the edge of the neighborhood at 7th and Chestnut. If you need some peace and quiet, escape to the neighborhood’s hidden gem, Quince Street, one of the most beautiful strolls in Philly.

Courtesy of Shutterstock

  • Walk Score: 99
  • Transit Score: 100
  • Bike Score: 96

5. Center City East

First things first: Center City East actually includes a number of neighborhoods, including Market East, Old City, Society Hill, and Washington Square. But the entire area has a walk score of 98, making it Philly’s fifth most walkable neighborhood.

Where to walk: For a good lay of the land, start your walk in Old City and wander past the art galleries, many bars and restaurants, and Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited residential block in the country (and typically car-free!). Then, walk down to the Delaware River Waterfront with a stop at Race Street Pier. You can continue walking down the waterfront or head back into Society Hill, which is filled with Federal- and Georgian-style buildings, as well as a few modern homes, as well.


> https://philly.curbed.com/2017/9/19/16328238/philadelphia-walk-bike-transit-score-rankings-by-neighborhood

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26 places to visit in Philly this fall

Behold: 26 places in Philly to visit this fall, whether it's something as traditional as strolling down Elfreth’s Alley, or checking out the brand new and powerful Octavius V. Catto Memorial at City Hall.

by Melissa Romero


October 2

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BIKING in Philly - Interactive Map


Biking through any city can be nerve-racking. Now, a new map reveals exactly how stressful it is to bike in Philly and beyond.

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Corporation (DVRPC) recently released an interactive map of the five counties in the Delaware Valley that highlights the Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) all throughout the region, based on the comfort of bicyclists in traffic.

Here’s how that breaks down:

  • LTS 1: Comfortable enough for everyone, relaxing, and kid-friendly
  • LTS 2: Comfortable enough for cyclists interested, but concerned; suitable for most adults and little traffic stress
  • LTS 3: Comfortable enough for “enthused and confident” cyclists; moderate traffic stress
  • LTS 4: Comfortable enough for the “strong and fearless” rider; high traffic stress

As the interactive map details, in Philly it’s a bit of a mixed-bag, with its main boulevards and traffic arteries like Broad Street garnering an LTS 4 rating (red). Throughout the region, areas that had protected bike lanes and trails like Circuit Trails earned LTS 1 ratings and are highlighted in green.

Screen_Shot_2017_11_16_at_10.37.04_AM.pn Screenshot via DVRPC

In the suburbs, the map-makers took a step further and analyzed where some spots could be downgraded from LTS3, therefore making the roads more comfortable for more bicyclists and create more low-stress connections. This analysis for Philadelphia is still in draft-form, but DVRPC transportation planner Sarah Moran, says the analysis should be released within the next year.


Check out the interactive map here.

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