Lindsay Lehault (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Lawrence Court Walk and surrounding streets
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: Pine and Delancey Streets between 3rd and 5th
I am: I lived in Philly from second grade up until I went away to college. Then I lived in Brooklyn for twelve years and now we live in the lovely Garden State. We make frequent trips back home to visit the city and all my friends and family that still live there.
Years in Philly: 12 years as a resident and another 12 years of regular visits
Current Home: Cranford, New Jersey
My love note: When I was a kid we used to play in Three Bears Park on Delancey Street between 3rd and 4th. (That may not be the park’s actual name, but everyone called it that because it had a sculpture of three bears. Google maps calls it Delancey Park. But, anyway.) We would spend hours there and then walk home to our apartment on 5th and Pine. Even as a kid I remember thinking about how old and historic my neighborhood was. I know a lot of Philly dates back several centuries, and I have certainly seen a lot of old, historic buildings in NYC too, but there is something so special to me about those few blocks of Society Hill. There are so many quiet, little, brick and cobblestone back alleyways and courtyards between the streets and houses.
My favorite of which is called Lawrence Court Walk. Every time I’m home I make a point to try to take a stroll through there. You enter on 4th Street between Pine and Delancey, walk down a small brick passageway, follow the turns and it opens up to a lovely courtyard. I could, and still can, picture exactly what it must have been like a couple hundred years ago. And in case you have some how forgotten the age of the place your standing in, there are numerous signs there to remind you. In the summer months, all the trees and plants are in bloom. If you want a quiet, off-the-beaten-path place to sit and read a book, this is the perfect spot.