Favorite Spot: Bocce court at 10th and carpenter
Neighborhood: Bella vista
Address: 10th and carpenter
I am: An almost med student (at Temple University) slash ex-public radio producer (at fresh air) who loves running, photography and exploring the cityYears in Philly: City proper: 10 years total (baby, college, now.) burbs: 14 years. Other: 4 years.
Current Neighborhood: Center city via west philadelphia
My love note: I first discovered bocce through my college roommate Jackie, who grew up in south Philadelphia in a large, loud, bocce-loving family. She brought a glow-in-the-dark bocce set with her to school and we used to whittle away evenings throwing the balls around a field at 39th and Locust. College ended. Jackie moved. I moved. I moved back. I missed bocce.
Enter the court at 10th and carpenter. A perfectly manicured, regulation-sized bocce court, complete with nearby benches for heckling and nearby Chickie’s (for the best vegetarian hoagies on the planet). In the morning, retired men share stories and catch up over games. In the evenings, a motley crowd gathers — hipsters, local Vietnamese shop owners, families wandering through the tiny pocket park.
I recently spent an evening by the bocce courts listening to a violinist, catching fireflies, drinking furtive sips of wine, singing and — of course — playing bocce. It was a quintessential, magical Philadelphia evening.