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 […]
DesignPhiladelphia offers more than 150 events showcasing the city’s designers, artists and creative types.
The Hotel Hershey offers an elegant retreat, with your choice of milk or dark.
The National Museum of American Jewish History claims its place on Independence Mall and in the story of the founding of the nation.
All during a recent dinner at Philadelphia’s French restaurant stalwart Le Bec-Fin, I kept a watchful eye on the sumptuous dessert cart as it made its rounds. At last it was my turn to get a close up view of the dozen or choices and hear them described by a young female attendant who treated […]
A series of 50 murals tell the story of a guy’s passion for a girl — and an artist’s love for his hometown.
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”.
I tell people I moved to Chestnut Hill — a leafy neighborhood about 10 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia– to be near the bike trails of the Wissahickon Woods. Read my hips. I was really more interested in the trail of powdered sugar leading to the few remaining private bakeries in town
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 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.