Emma Fried-Cassorla

Antiques Roadshow

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I got my mom tickets for Antiques Roadshow for her birthday.  Actually, I’ll be honest, I got them mostly for myself.  The closest city hosting an event in the next six months was Boston, so we made the trek this weekend. They were filming three shows at once, so there were something like 6,000 people carrying around 12,000 antiques (books, couches, chairs, watches, baseballs, etc.). 


I couldn’t take pics inside the show’s set, only in the airplane hanger where we first lined up. We spent our time chatting with our fellow Roadshow groupies, trying to pick out the most expensive items, and watching appraisals being taped. 


No tears or screams of excitement, but I’ve watched the show enough to know that some people were carrying around items worth thousands of dollars. We learned that our book, The Anatomy of Melancholy, published in the late 1800s was worth about what my dad paid for it in 1965.  My great grandfather’s pocket watch was from 1914, had a porcelain face and was gold fill (I got excited for a second), but was still only worth $200. 


We left our post-show reaction in the video booth and traipsed around the North End for a couple of hours before climbing in the car for the long ride home. It was great to have a weekend away with mom, but it was nice to come home to Philly.

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Love Note #12: Strawberry Mansion Bridge and Trail

Ryan Callahan
Favorite spot: Strawberry Mansion Bridge to Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
Address: No address

I am: a runner, a plane nerd, and online marketing manager at Philadelphia Runner
Years in Philly: 2
Current Home:  Fairmount

My love note:  My favorite spot in Philadelphia is this inconspicuous trail just west of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. There is no better way for me to unwind after a long day than with an evening run, right before sunset, over the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and into the woods of Fairmount Park. As you go further down the trail the car noise subsides and you can forget that you are surrounded by the sixth largest city in the country on all sides. It’s a surreal experience that is unmatched by any other urban park in the country. To me, it’s a hidden gem in a city with many of them.

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On Fitzwater

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This may be my new favorite house in Philly. I feel like I’m at Miami Beach.  Or at least what I think it would be like.


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Love Note #11: Jonathan Levin’s love note to Port Richmond’s Polish restaurants

Jonathan Levin
Favorite Spot: Syrenka and Staropolska
Neighborhood: Port Richmond
Address: 3173 Richmond St and 3150 Richmond St

I am: music, food, hiking enthusiast
Years in Philly: 1.5
Current Home: West Philadelphia
 
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Summer Love

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Sometimes you just need a little summer loving. Or at least a fling. For that, there is the Beer Garden.

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Love Note #10: Albert Fried-Cassorla loves the Water Works at sunset

Albert Fried-Cassorla
Favorite spot: Outside deck of the Water Works Restaurant
Neighborhood: Art Museum District
Address: 640 Waterworks Dr

I am: An English teacher, playwright, husband and father.
Years in Philly: 37
Current Home:  Melrose Park, PA

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Love Note #9: Rittenhouse Square

Eric Smith

Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square Park
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
Address: 18th and Walnut

I am: Full time publishing geek, part-time local blogger and English professor, aspiring author.
Years in Philly: 5 years, the first three of which were spent in various neighborhoods (West Philly, Chinatown, Queen Village).
Current Home: Rittenhouse

My Love Note: There are a lot of lovely parks in Philadelphia, and plenty of others within walking distance right in Center City. Washington Square, Fitler Square, Independence Square… there sure are a lot of squares, but only one has managed to capture my heart. Rittenhouse Square.


It’s a love affair that, no matter how times I find myself hurt, I always come running back. The beautiful trees, the lovely people walking adorable dogs, and the farmers market on Saturdays? I adore it.

Rittenhouse Square could try to break up with me and convince me not to stay, possibly while treating me to gelato from the Capogiro nearby, and I simply wouldn’t listen.

Rittenhouse Square: Well, what about that time a homeless man snatched that book out of your hand, babbling nonsense about how he was Jesus and wrote the novel you were reading?

Eric: How could I stay mad at you? It’s okay.

Rittenhouse Square: Or when the Rittenhouse hawk pooped on you. Remember how traumatizing that was? What were the chances?! It was everywhere Eric. Everywhere.

Eric: These things happen. I still love you.

Rittenhouse Square: How about that time I—

Eric: Let’s not do this sweetheart. Come on, I bought us sandwiches from DiBrunos.  


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Academy of Natural Sciences

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Go for the dinosaurs and specimens in jars, stay for the MegaBad Movie Night

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Love Note #8: Morgan’s Pier

Allison Stadd
Favorite (New) Spot: Morgan’s Pier
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Penn’s Landing
Address: 221 N. Columbus Boulevard


I am: the editor of uwishunu.com, jazz drummer, word nerd, granola addict
Years in Philly: 7
Current home: Midtown Village

My love note: Morgan’s Pier is the perfect new summer bar in Philadelphia. The setting is perfect with the fresh river breeze and view of the soaring Ben Franklin Bridge, far enough from the hustle of the city to feel like you’re on a mini vacation; the setup is perfect with casual picnic benches and umbrellas on a boardwalk-like deck; the drinks are perfect, with a huge local craft beer list and really tasty cocktails made from scratch; the food is beyond perfect, from pro David Katz of Meme – who else would dream up “snack bacon,” caramelized bacon you chew on like jerky? One of my favorite things about Philly is that it’s a city of neighborhoods, and each feels so different. Morgan’s Pier turns Penn’s Landing into a neighborhood unto itself, one that I kind of never want to leave…



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Septa

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Sure, there may be some delays and surly conductors, but isn’t that what Philly’s all about? And so, my short love note is to you Septa, especially when a clean, air conditioned train comes to whisk me to the suburbs while I read and play on my computer. 


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