Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin Parkway Comes to Life

  Philadelphia’s nearly century-old Benjamin Franklin Parkway is something of a late bloomer. Modeled on Paris’ Champs-Elysees, the wide, tree-lined boulevard breaks up Philly’s 18th century grid of narrow streets to cut a dramatic diagonal linking City Hall and the downtown with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Along this spine are some […]

Philadelphia: On Sixth Street, a Walk Through African-American History

Throughout the city that produced Bill Cosby, Patti Labelle, and Will Smith, the African American imprint remains strong and evident. Along a short stretch of Sixth Street, though, a host of relatively low-key, uniquely Philadelphian, black history sites await. The narrative of this short walk isn’t museum-linear, and it contains no whiz-bang “environments”.

News: Hotel openings in Boston, Philly, New York

The travel market may be soft, but the boutique-style hotels keep coming; here are three such properties opening his fall. The W Boston: This all-glass building from Bentel & Bentel, New York, is meant to distill Beantown’s most famous green spaces –– think Boston Common and the Public Garden –– in a contemporary design that […]

Philadelphia: On Bike and Skate

Philadelphia was designed for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages, and this makes it nice for bikers and skaters too. Bicycling there has doubled since 2005 and, with newly-announced dedicated bike lanes, it’s about to get even more popular. An overview of the best ways to tour Philadelphia and surroundings on two wheels or four.