Immediately after the #whyilovephilly Party, I escaped up to Grahmsville, New York for a weekend (mostly) away from my phone at a cabin with some friends. They had spent the week recording music in a beautiful chalet overlooking a lake, and I came up for the tail end. It was a weekend of good food, a hot tub (!), snow, hiking, wine, whiskey, music and relaxation. After opening Waterfront Winterfest, and after the craziness of party planning, it was perfect. On the way home, I dropped by the Dia Contemporary Art Museum in Beacon, New York. Go. That’s all I can say about it.
You know I love Philly, but I love it even more after getting away for a little while.
Grahmsville, New York
Even before becoming the communications manager for the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (DRWC) I had a mild fixation with waterfronts and ships. I wrote my thesis on the Philadelphia port’s fumigation policies so that I could get close to the big cranes and watch the boats being unloaded. Since starting my job, I’ve become hyperaware of how cities use their waterfront. I spent this past weekend in New York City. On Sunday, we strolled through Brooklyn Bridge Park, the promenade, ate at Smorgasberg, and then took the East River Ferry from the park to 34th Street in Manhattan. I was blown away by the park: it’s amenities and uses, the number of people visiting, and the small touches that made it seem so special.
Last week, DRWC unveiled the preliminary design plans for a new Penn’s Landing Park. The timeline is long, and the money needed is enormous, but god do I hope that we can pull it off. Brooklyn Bridge Park was perfectly New York, and I would like to imagine that the future Penn’s Landing will be perfectly Philadelphia. How great would it be to walk down Market Street and finally see a waterfront worthy of our history and great city. A girl can dream (and be part of the organization that would build it), right?