Favorite Spot: 5th Street Tunnel
Address: Right north of 5th and Race
Neighborhood: Old City
I am: A shoulder-dancing, concert-going, olympic-weightlifting, museum/culture/design obsessed new Philadelphian. I am also half of The Philadelphia Public History Truck (check it out!)
Years in Philly: 2 + a bit
Current home: Bella Vista
Favorite Spot: North Lawrence Street in Northern Liberties
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
1100 North Lawrence to 876 N. Lawrence
I am: I’m a freelance writer splitting life between the stoops of Northern Liberties and the Pocono woods, author of Between the Pond and the Woods, a website for caregivers
Years in Philly: 30 years
Favorite Spot: The Back Alley Mosaics of Isaiah Zagar
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: Throughout South Philadelphia, mostly in Bella Vista, Hawthorne and Queen Village
I am: A photographer, editor and writer with a focus on food and drink and a love of design.
Years in Philly: Eight years
Current Home: Bella Vista
Favorite Spot: Frankford, it’s institutions and its commercial corridor
I Am: Commercial Corridor Manager, Frankford CDC
Years In Philly: Almost My Whole Life
Current Home: Fairmount
Favorite Spot: 18th Street in Center City
Address: 18th Street, between Chestnut & Rittenhouse
I am: David Neff, President of Neff Associates and a huge fan of all things Philadelphia has to offer!
Years in Philly: Life long resident
Current home: Rittenhouse
Favorite Spot: Alleys/streets I’ve not been down yet.
I am: Extremely focused. Except when I’m not, which is often. But when I am focused, I’m very focused. I like taking photos. That’s one of the biggest reasons I started my blog. I also love street art. And that’s the other reason. Outside of my personal blog, I am a social media community manager at Quaker City Mercantile. When I’m not willing (read: able) to get out of the city and explore, I do so here — like the Divine Lorraine, the Reading Viaduct, or Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Years in Philly: Born and raised in Fishtown. 27 years in total.
Current Home: Now living in Center City. Graduate Hospital area.
It may not come as too big of a surprise if you’ve ever read my blog, or hell, if you even know the name of my blog, but my love note is… to the streets of Philadelphia.
Seriously, Philly has to be one of the best walking cities in the entire world. Granted, you have to know what areas to generally avoid, but nevertheless taking into account Philly’s relatively small size, along with its dense residential and commercial blocks, it’s safe to say you could do a pretty extensive walk of the city in a single day. Add an extra day or two and you can explore all the little alleys that exist which I, as a life-long Philadelphia, truly find inspiring. And give yourself a whole week and you could write a book on all the new and old beauty you’d find in Philly’s little nooks and crannies.
But words don’t do it justice… Just look around!!
(all photos by Conrad)
Favorite spot: Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest, continuously occupied street in the United States
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: Between Arch St. and Race St. right off of Second St.
I am: A mom, wife, psychologist and aspiring singer (as my nephew says)
Years in Philly: I’ve been in Philly since ancient times, actually since 1975
Current Home: Melrose Park, which is north of the city by about 3 blocks
My love note: It might be a bit unusual to like a place which is pretty touristy. However, when you are there, especially in the early evening, and you walk down the cobblestoned street and look at the houses, you can picture yourself living in nineteenth or even eighteenth century America. Perhaps it brings out the Luddite in me – but I like the feeling of a complete lack of technology and a sense that everything that was created there had to be created by hand with simple tools. I’d love to time-travel back to 1776 and live on that street!