Releases: Expanded View
The New York Times, The Washington Post & Forbes Shine A Spotlight On Philly's Diverse Neighborhoods
Publications Feature Manayunk, Fairmount, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill & Germantown
Five Philadelphia neighborhoods have made headlines in several national travel stories, focusing on must-see and must-do attractions, shops and restaurants beyond the city’s iconic Liberty Bell. Here’s a look at what some of the country’s most-read publications—The New York Times, The Washington Post and Forbes—had to say about Philly’s diverse neighborhoods:
- The historic houses of Germantown and local dining spots got the star treatment in The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler blog post, published on May 3. The articles highlighted the Johnson House, Wyck Historic House and Garden, Cliveden, Stenton, Deshler-Morris House and the oft-overlooked Grumblethorpe, along with several down-home dining spots in Germantown and Chestnut Hill.
- The New York Times’ website showcased an online slideshow on June 5, depicting the resurgence of Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy, where new shops and restaurants reflect the neighborhood’s lively and progressive atmosphere.
- Visitors coming to town to cheer on their favorite cyclist during the Philadelphia International Championship bike race got tips on how to do Manayunk like a local in a Washington Post story that ran on June 10. The piece focused on the neighborhood’s locally owned shops and restaurants and the biking and hiking paths along the Schuylkill River Trail.
- In anticipation of Wawa Welcome America!, Philadelphia’s annual Fourth of July celebration, a Forbes blog did an article on June 28 that gave visitors a primer on the Art Museum neighborhood where the 11-day festival culminates. Web readers got the inside scoop on the international cuisine available in the neighborhood’s numerous cafes and restaurants, along with information about popular attractions such as Eastern State Penitentiary and the Mural Arts Program.
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On the list of Philadelphia’s quirkily named geographic landmarks, Manayunk is right up there. This Native American word, meaning “where we to go drink,” references the neighborhood’s location next to the Schuylkill River. While the river helped shape Manayunk’s identity, so do the hills (more on those to come). Yet despite its famous inclines, or maybe because of them, what was once one of the city’s hottest industrial centers is now one of its hottest neighborhoods, with plenty of places where people can go to drink.
The combo of singles, young families and life-long residents whose families have lived here...
Sometimes a name so perfectly defines a neighborhood that it creates a pretty accurate mental image. That’s Mt. Airy. Gently rising from the banks of the Wissahickon Creek, Mt. Airy, which is only 20 minutes from Center City, combines dense leafy park land, miles of multi-use trails, tree-lined streets and a historic cobblestoned business corridor that attracts aspiring entrepreneurs.
Mt. Airy’s varied architecture recounts its historic roots. Structures dating back to the 18th century sit alongside Victorian and 20th-century homes. The community’s Quaker roots might be one reason that Mt. Airy became a model of successful integration...
Loaded with photo-worthy charm, Chestnut Hill is tucked in the northwest section of Philadelphia just 25 minutes from Center City. And thanks to its location near the Wissahickon and Cresheim creeks and Fairmount Park, this National Register Historic District enjoys an abundance of greenery and open spaces.
Once a suburb where well-to-do Philadelphians escaped the city’s summer heat, Chestnut Hill saw an influx of year-round residents with the arrival of railroads in the 19th century. It was then, and still is, a relatively affluent community with an array of historic mansions and Victorian twins and row houses.
Quaint to its floorboards, Skippack embraces its historic appeal. Amid the covered bridge and old-fashioned lampposts, however, visitors find stylish gift stores and galleries and buzzing restaurants and bars that speak to a modern-day audience. With a mixture of European charm and hippie ease, this shopping-centric town has evolved through the years to become a popular tourist destination.
Skippack’s origins date back to 1683, when German settlers overran Germantown and moved by boat up the Perkiomen Creek to a place where the shallow water prohibited further travel. There they stayed and there they named the land “Schippach.” In
One of the oldest boroughs in Montgomery County, Jenkintown brims with historical interest and secret finds. In this residential community, visitors find National Landmarks, an active art scene and shops and restaurants that are not just along the main drag.
Settled by William Jenkins in 1697, Jenkintown was incorporated in 1874. Among the quirkier holdovers from older days are the two fire companies founded in the 19th century—both continue to serve the half-mile area today. Like many of the suburbs that surround Philadelphia, Jenkintown had its first heyday in the 19th and 20th centuries. A
As the largest and most diverse town on the ritzy Main Line stretch of suburbs, Ardmore has a distinctly double character: It’s residential yet urban, independent yet central, historic yet forward-facing. Even the community itself straddles two counties (Ardmore is seated in Montgomery, while South Ardmore is in Delaware). Add to that some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife and visiting Ardmore is a multidimensional experience.
Once known as Athensville, the town was rechristened “Ardmore” by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1873. The railroad also lent the town its transportation hub, and gave the “Main Line” on
The definition of a small town, Ambler covers less than one square mile, but despite its diminutive size, it’s amazingly complete, with a host of shops, restaurants, bars and special events that keep the streets bustling. Unassuming and unpretentious, Ambler has retained an historic gentility and independent spirit that are the pride of this tightly knit community.
Originally known as the Village of Wissahickon, Ambler was renamed in 1869 in honor of Mary Johnson Ambler, a Quaker resident who helped lead rescue efforts during the Great Train Wreck of 1856. The town served as a manufacturing hub in
In 1940, movie director George Cukor set his Oscar-winning film The Philadelphia Story in the prosperous enclave of Wayne, selecting it to depict high-society America. With such distinction to its name along with a location on Philadelphia’s clubby Main Line, Wayne carries itself with an elegant grace while maintaining a down-to-earth spirit. Sure, some of downtown’s boutiques set the standard for trendy women’s fashions and many restaurants set their tables with crystal stemware, but it’s clear from one step inside the bohemian Gryphon Coffee or Teresa’s Next Door Belgian beer bar that Wayne never loses its genuine sense of welcome...
At less than one square mile, Media may be compact, but the county seat of Delaware County, located 12 miles southwest of Philadelphia, is quite multi-faceted. Not only does it carry the nickname “Everybody’s Hometown” for its stated commitment to diversity and neighborliness, it also holds the distinction as America’s original Fair Trade town, marking its public support of businesses that make sure workers receive a fair price for their products and labor. The feeling of community is palpable on State Street, where shopkeepers tend lovingly to stores situated in buildings older than the town itself, and acquaintances greet one...