Calling all saucer-heads

Editor's Note: The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance are having a big party tonight to celebrate their well-deserved victory -- one of too few wins in Philly that preserve some of our architecturally renowned buildings. If you're interested in preservation in Philly (or just want to party), check out their In With The Old event tonight. Lauren Drapala Favorite Spot: Fairmount Park Welcome Center Address: 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Neighborhood: Center City I Am: a full-time architectural conservator, part-time Read more

If I’m ever lost and I can make it back to Broad, I know where I am

Editor's Note: This post features photos by the amazing @cbeatz, who takes some of my favorite skyline photos, and who introduced me to the Belmont Plateau. Check out Chris' full feed on Instagram. Amanda Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the way I Am: Politically incorrect, morally corrupt, and cynically optimistic, but always stopping to appreciate the moment Years in Philly: 10 My Love Note Dear Philadelphia, Let me start off by saying, I don’t like a lot of things. And love? That’s a road far less travelled by. Read more

To the diagonal rogue riders

Alice Bateman Favorite Spot: Bob's Diner on Ridge Avenue Address: 6053 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 Neighborhood: Roxborough I Am: an avid reader, amateur kite flier and middle school teacher Years in Philly: 35 Current Home: Wyndmoor My Love Note Dear Diagonal Streets of Philadelphia, In a city based on a grid formation, you are the rogue riders on the map. Ridge, Germantown, Moyaminsing, Passyunk, you don’t follow suggested rules of form. Instead, you create new angles, tricky intersections, unpredictable patterns. Your diagonals slice across the city creating Read more

Devil’s Pool

Love Note #68: Vincent Alleva Jr. — Some beers, his dog, and Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Park

Vincent Alleva Jr.
Favorite Spot: The Wissahickon Creek and Devil’s Pool
Neighborhood: Northwest – Valley Green which is situated between Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, West Mt. Airy and Germantown

I am: A third generation Philadelphian. I live, work, and play in Philly. I have lived in many neighborhoods in the city including Kingsessing, Parkside, Fairmont, Lower Moyamensing, and Pennsport. I blog about the South Philadelphia community on a facebook group page called South Silly. I’ve worked for the Painters and allied trades union of Philadelphia for 8 years. I currently work at the Barbary in Fishtown. On my spare time I enjoy spinning music, riding my bike throughout the city and walking my dog to the plethora of parks in and around my neighborhood.
Years in Philly: On and of for 14 years.
Current Home: Pennsport

My love note: In ’93 my family moved out of Southwest Philly to South Jersey where I grew up, in the suburbs. That gave me the opportunity to become a boy scout and spend plenty of time camping and playing in the woods. As I grew older, the allure of moving back to the city became a daily commute. 

Upon moving my adult self back to the city, I longed for the hot summer days spent in the woods by creeks and rivers. To me, there is nothing like getting the dog ready, filling a backpack with some beers, and heading to the woods with some buddies to go cliff jumping and swimming in the Wissahickon. Relaxing, fun, and adventurous. 

Meeting other people out there and watching dare devils doing back flips some 15-20 feet above the water with perfect execution and thundering splash is most definitely entertaining. Catch it during the week when its not so busy with a few close friends and you’ll have yourself a wonderful time. The surroundings can almost bring you back in time. This is why I love the Wissahickon Creek and Devils Pool.
(Top and third photo by Vincent)
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