The New York Times recently published a list of ’52 Places to Go in 2015.’ Right behind Milan and Cuba, the City of Brotherly Love came in at third place. How incredible is that?!
In the past couple of years, Philadelphia has increasingly developed and reinvented itself. The City of Brotherly Love is no longer only known for its deep roots in American history but as a highly traveled destination for restaurants, attractions and entertainment of all sorts. Here is why Philadelphia made the number 3 spot:
1. Dilworth Park began construction and renovation in 2012 and reopened with its new look this past September. Located on the west side of City Hall, Dilworth Park is a great addition to attractions in Philadelphia. This park was once an ugly concrete slab of non-utilized space as well as an eyesore in Center City. Today, the newly reinvented Dilworth Park boasts of an ice skating rink, outdoor seating, lawn space, a fountain and not to mention a delicious cafe by Chef Jose Garces. New entrances and elevators have also been created for underground access to the Market East station.
2. Spruce Street Harbor Park was a widely popular addition to the Delaware River Waterfront this past summer. The temporary outdoor oasis attracted hundreds of guests with its colorful chairs and umbrellas, a floating garden area and The Blue Anchor featuring a casual menu with beer and cocktails.
3. The Schuylkill River Boardwalk opened in October 2014. The $18 million, pet friendly boardwalk runs from Locust Street to South Street, which has attracted residents and visitors in the past few months. It is a great spot to bike ride, jog or take a stroll to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Philadelphia skyline.
SEPTA’s South Broad Street underground concourse.
South Broad Street soon will have a new bike parking facility courtesy of SEPTA’s concourse. According to PhillyMag.com, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA in the development of a bike parking facility located in the underground concourse on the south end of the Broad Street Line.
This past weekend the announcement was made at the Philly Bike Expo by Becky Collins, SEPTA’s strategy and sustainability planner. If you are unfamiliar with the underground SEPTA concourse, it runs south of City Hall to the Walnut-Locust Station of the Broad Street Line, which also connects to New Jersey’s PATCO train. The concourse is a long, unused concrete space that is typically very desolate. This plan to install a bike parking facility will not only provide cyclists with a safe, covered parking space but increase the foot traffic in that section of the concourse as well.
According to the BCGP, it plans to enclose the bike parking spaces with a cage that bikers can lock with their own locks to insure security. There will be a small fee to park, which can be paid via a SEPTA key card (coming in 2015) or users can purchase a monthly pass. This plan is being modeled after a bicycle parking system originally implemented by the City of Boston.
Photo courtesy of Philly.com ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )
The Schuykill River Boardwalk has finally opened to the public today. According to Philly.com, the $18 million boardwalk that runs from Locust Street to South Street is pet friendly and expected to attract residents and visitors.
The Schuykill River Development Corporation expects a decent amount of traffic on the boardwalk in the coming months. It is a great spot to bike ride, jog or take a stroll and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Philadelphia skyline.
Photo courtesy of VisitPhilly.com
Philly July 4th Celebrations!
There are tons of events going on throughout the city this weekend. Philadelphia is the birthplace of independence and freedom. So what better way to celebrate July 4th weekend than staying in Philly?
Here is a roundup of events taking place on this holiday weekend. Hopefully, the impending hurricane down south does not affect our weather forecast in the city!
Philly July 4th
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be hosting a free concert from 7-11 p.m. featuring The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Aloe Blacc and other artists. This event sponsored by VH-1 is known as the “Largest Free Concert in America.” A fireworks finale right near the Philadelphia Museum of Art will cap off the night.
The Independence Day Parade will commence on 6th and Chestnut Streets at 11 a.m. on July 4th.
The SugarHouse Casino located at 1001 N. Delaware Avenue is also holding its own July 4th celebration festivities with a free concert series on July 4-5 starting at 6 p.m.
Penns Landing is hosting an event for all ages on July 4-6. The Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival that benefits the Joshua Kahan Fund for pediatric cancer research. This event requires a $7 donation for each participant.
The above only covers a few of the many events and activities going on in Philly throughout the weekend.
The month of May is here and we are just one step closer to summer! If you are in the Fairmount area this Sunday, check out the area’s open houses.
Featured Open House: 2323 Parrish Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Sunday, May 4th: 1:30-2:30 p.m.$515,000
4 Bedrooms/2 bathrooms
This is a gorgeous and spacious Fairmount home with original charm incorporated with modern details. It features an open floor plan on the first floor with high ceilings, original hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen with a walk-in pantry with tons of storage space! A spacious rear yard is located off of the kitchen – great for entertaining guests! A gorgeous full tile bathroom is also located on the main floor. The second floors boasts of three spacious bedrooms while the master bedroom suite is located on the third floor with a roof deck and walk-in closet. This home is absolutely beautiful in every way! Don’t miss out.
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1219 N 31st Street
3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
843 N 16th Street 1
2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
765 N Bucknell Street
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
833 Leland Street
3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms
1711 Cambridge Street
3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms
2601 Pennsylvania Avenue 1145
At Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Farm Fest returns for a three day event for all ages. Beginning tomorrow April 17th until Saturday April 19th, Farm Fest on the Parkway will host games, food trucks, music and entertainment for all. Victory Brewing Company is scheduled to make an appearance with its brewpub on wheels. Also, several delicious gourmet food trucks will be there as well. This sounds like a great event for everyone to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.
Below you can find the schedule and start time for each day.
Thursday, April 17th: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, April 18th: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 19th: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Schedule courtesy of PhillyMag.com