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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- Philadelphia Public Art Photo Contest: Beginning on August 22, 10 people have the chance to win a membership to one of Philadelphia’s cultural institutions or an art-filled Philadelphia getaway by snapping a photo of public art—murals, sculptures, gardens or paintings in museums and galleries—in the Philadelphia region. Part of the With Art Philadelphia™ campaign, the contest encourages user-generated photography of Philadelphia’s abundant arts scene. To submit, users upload an
While Philadelphia offers a variety of authentic and top-notch attractions, exploring this vibrant city takes some planning—especially for first-time visitors. With so much to see, do and taste, it’s challenging for a novice to know where to begin. From the historic Liberty Bell to the deliciously indulgent cheesesteak, here’s a look at Philly 101:
- Independence Hall – While historical attractions abound in Philly, Independence Hall has particular significance to the development of the nation. In this building in 1776, the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence. Eleven years later, representatives from a dozen
Anglophiles rejoice: Brilliant!: The 2013 PHS Flower Show will be on view at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 2-10, 2013, and the best of Britain doesn’t end with the show’s exquisite themed garden displays, on view for two full weekends for the first time ever. English culture remains alive and well across the Philadelphia region, with historic sites, top-notch museum collections, pubs, tearooms, theaters and sporting events. This season makes the perfect time to explore Philly’s British treasures, and the following are just a few places to start:
Ace Sights: History & Art:
- Independence National Historical Park –
Donna Schorr, a young-at-heart Baby Boomer
Director of Communications
Yes, I take a train ride to the city every day, and at this age, I’m no expert on late night clubbing. But I’ve lived in or near Philly for decades (never mind how many), and I can tell you a lot about great things to see and do that don’t cost a fortune. Here are some of my sentimental favorites:
- Rittenhouse Square: When I miss my dad, I visit his memorial bench in one of the most loved green spots in the city. Rittenhouse Square is the heart and soul
LOCATION: Center City, Philadelphia; South Philadelphia; and the suburbs
TRANSPORTATION: By foot in Center City; by taxi, Septa or car for locations beyond
TIME: An overnight
SUMMARY: Featured on visitphilly.com/itineraries, this jaunt takes visitors to many of the spots featured and mentioned in Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper’s hit film, Silver Linings Playbook. (These sites are bolded throughout the itinerary.)
12:00 noon – Ballroom at the Ben doesn’t appear in the Silver Linings Playbook until Pat’s and Tiffany’s dramatic dance competition scene at the end of the movie, but you can start your trip to Philadelphia with
The green and lively Washington Square looked very different a couple hundred years ago. After city founder William Penn set the land aside for a public park, Philadelphia used it as a burial ground and as an animal pasture. Today, the park, located just steps from Independence Hall, attracts picnickers, families, sunbathers and history buffs, and the neighborhood that sprouted to the south and west has enjoyed a similar reawakening. Exciting nightlife, independently owned galleries, celebrity chefs and the famed Jewelers’ Row keep the area between 6th and 10th Streets and Chestnut and Pine Streets buzzing day and...
Romance abounds in February, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is making it possible for couples to celebrate their love in style thanks to the month-long 29 Nights of Dates promotion. A component of GPTMC’s popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, which is heavily focused on couples this winter, the facebook.com/visitphilly sweepstakes features nearly 70 prizes, including a Vespa—all valued at more than $13,000.
From February 1-29 (yes, it’s a leap year), fans of facebook.com/visitphilly will have a chance to win one of 29 fun, romantic and inspired Philly dates. Fans are encouraged to check facebook.com/visitphilly each day...
Just near the renowned institutions that line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often lumped together and dubbed the “Art Museum area,” but the personalities of these laid-back districts separate them from nearby Center City.
Fairmount easily stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. Despite its proximity to downtown, the residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to the friendly residents and atmosphere. What to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-attraction. Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and the better-known Fairmount, Spring Garden distinguishes itself...
With the autumn season in high gear, it appears that several major national publications and websites have fallen for Philadelphia. Recent issues of GQ, Saveur and Travel + Leisure have recognized Greater Philadelphia’s culture, neighborhoods, beer, restaurants, shops and innovative spirit. Here’s a look at what Philadelphia hotspots the media is buzzing about this fall:
The City Itself:
- The October issue of GQ magazine touts the “new Philly revolution.” The article calls out A.K.A. Music, Sugarcube, Farmicia, The Foodery, Modo Mio and other hotspots between “the town’s two raddest neighborhoods—Old City and Northern Liberties.”
- Men’s Health puts Philadelphia in