Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: South 18th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103
I Am: A Jersey Shore native, an adopted son of Philly, a legal journalist, photographer, eternal optimist, karaoke enthusiast and avid runner.
Years in Philly: Still working on Year 1 of my residence, as I first moved here last September. But to me, this beautiful city already feels like home.
Current Home: East Falls
My Love Note
I had passed through the City of Philadelphia many times in the past, but I didn’t make my way to live here until a career change brought me to Philly in September 2014. Immediately, I set about exploring my new city, photographing everything in sight and finding my favorite places to walk, run and take pictures in a matter of days.
In the course of my general adventuring, I was walking west down Walnut Street on a beautiful late fall day last year when I saw it: A gorgeous, green expanse six acres in size at the corner of South 18th & Walnut Streets. A sign told me I had found Rittenhouse Square. All I could see were people walking their dogs, playing with their children, statues and verdant landscape for an entire city block.
What I saw was complete and total serenity, a reprieve from the urban hustle and bustle surrounding it. Immediately, my heart grabbed onto the place and didn’t want to let go. And for this now-adopted son of Philly, it still hasn’t.