Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport
Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd.
I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers.
Years in Philly: 15
Current Home: Queen Village
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey
Favorite Spot: Dickinson Square Park
Address: 4th and Tasker
I am: A strategic consultant handling media and analyst relations. I have acted and directed professionally. I grew up on the Mexican border and order tacos frequently to keep my Spanish in check. I have an MFA in creative writing and need to do more with it. I am a compulsive animal rescuer. I love live performance of just about every type but often leave angry at myself for quitting dance or piano lessons. I love being outside but sunburn too easily. I spend too much time staring at my iPhone. I love eating—my own cooking or someone else’s—and I’m guilty of copy-editing menus. I dance in my kitchen, alone or with my husband, who puts up with me for reasons I still don’t understand. I am an extrovert except for when I’m not; I love sleeping but I’m an insomniac. I hate writing bios.
Years in Philly: Eleven as of next month
Current Home: Pennsport
Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.
Cindy Stansbury, Temple University
Favorite Spot: Federal Donuts
Address: 1219 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19147
I am: A full time student at Temple University, intern at Campus Philly, and a consumer of all things delicious.
Years in Philly: Going on two in August
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey
Favorite spot: Ugly American
Address: 1100 South Front Street, 19147
I am: A Health Policy Research Analyst by day, and an avid reader, drinker, runner and crossfitter by night.
Years in Philly: 1.5
Current Home: Queen Village
Favorite Spot: Herron Park Sprayground
Address: 2nd & Reed St.
I am: A father of two rough-and-tumble boys who need a break from the summer heat.
Years in Philly: 8
Current Home: West Philly
My love note: Herron Park isn’t the prettiest park, or the fanciest, or the one with the best playground equipment–and it certainly isn’t the most conveniently located one for us. But the sprayground side springs to life come summer, and it attracts parents and children from seemingly every walk of Philadelphia life. Well-to-do or not, black or white or brown, decked out in SPF-guard swimwear or just old T-shirts, everyone gets drenched together without regard to any of those differences. Every time we go, it strikes me as a place where the true Philadelphia puts its best foot forward. There’s a selection effect–every parent there has made a decision to devote time purely for their kids’ fun–but it’s open to everyone who likes the idea of good, clean, free, self-directed entertainment. I wish winter would never come.
Favorite Spot: Oregon Ave at midnight, on a bike
Address: Oregon Ave between Columbus Blvd and 25th St
Neighborhood: South Philly
I am: I take pics
Years in Philly: 8
Current Home: Italian Market
My love note: I like to bike in town. It’s a great biking town. I liked it before there were bike lanes and I’m happy that more people have discovered biking since. But it gets congested in town and the drivers are fucking crazy whether they be locals, SEPTA drivers or visitors unaccustomed to driving with 1.5 million people around (many of which are on two wheels). While I do get around town a lot on two wheels during daylight hours, Philly shines after dark.
I like to take long bike rides, over 15 miles, through town after midnight. I put on a bright shirt and make sure my blinker has a nice charge for the hour-plus ride. Recently I’ve discovered the joy that is Oregon Ave at night. It’s a six mile loop from Columbus Blvd to 25 St. East of Broad St, and it’s fairly newly paved which is wonderful. West of Broad St isn’t the worst street in town, but it’s far from the best. There are few cars on the road to deal with so I can pedal hard for a couple loops in peace. I like to finish up my rides with a trip up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a nice view. There’s always a little crowd of people there with the same idea after midnight. The sprint from the Museum to City Hall is quick and fun, but the calming Oregon Ave loop is grand.
My favorite Sunday morning routine is sitting at the kitchen table with the NYTimes (sorry Inquirer), tea and Federal Donuts. Unfortunately, this never happens because of the following internal debate…
“Ok, you can only get one donut, and you have to bring it home so you can eat it while reading the paper”
“Fine, two donuts, but you’d better get on your bike with them”
“Did you really need to sit and eat one of them?”
“I know it was amazing, but you can get home while the other one is still hot and sit at the table and enjoy it.”
“Really, you can’t even get to your bike without eating the other?”
“No, you cannot go back and get more for your “roommate””