A very stylish Center City neighborhood, with it's stately apartment buildings and gracious 19th century townhomes. Shop Rittenhouse Row, or try The Shops at Liberty Place. Dine at internationally renowned restaurants, and then stroll to the Avenue of the Arts for an opera, play, or orchestra show. At the heart of the neighborhood is Rittenhouse Square, the most treasured of the five city parks first designed by William Penn in 1682.
In order to learn more about Rittenhouse Square visit www.rittenhouserow.org
To Find a hotel around Rittenhouse Square visit www.rittenhousesquarehotels.com
To Learn more about the Rittenhouse Square Arts Show visit www.rittenhousesquarefineartshow.org
If you would like to get involved in preserving Rittenhouse Square you may contact the Friends of Rittenhouse Square at www.friendsofrittenhouse.org
Art Museum/ Fairmount
Easy access to Fairmount Park, where you can enjoy jogging, biking, and skating along scenic Kelly Drive and West River Drive. Watch Regattas on the Schuylkill River, or enjoy visiting beautiful Federal mansions throughout Fairmount Park. The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses one of America's great collections of art. The grounds of the Museum also serve the neighborhood as a backyard, an entertainment center and a quiet spot where you can relax and enjoy views of the skyline and the river.
The neighborhood receives its' name from the close proximity to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you are interested in learning more about the actual Philadelphia Museum of Art you can find out more about the museum at www.philamuseum.org
If you would like to learn more about the points of interest (restaurants, galleries, shopping, etc.) in the Art Museum Neighborhood try www.aroundphilly.com
Additional Art Galleries in the Art Museum area are:
Rodin Museum: www.rodinmuseum.org
The Franklin Institute: www2.fi.edu
The Barnes Foundation: www.barnesfoundation.org (will be moving to the art museum area)
Spring Garden/ Logan Square
Live the along the Ben Franklin Parkway. Enjoy easy access to one of the finest collections of museums and cultural institutions in the world. This neighborhood is great for kids, with easy access to the main Philadelphia Public Library, Franklin Institute with its planetarium and Omniverse Theater, and the dinosaur exhibits at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Get involved in the Logan Square Neighborhood at Logan Square Neighborhood Association website www.lsnaphilly.org
Points of Interest:
Philadelphia Public Library
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Academy of Natural Sciences
19th St. & Ben Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Washington Square West
Living in "Wash West" you can find coffeehouses, shops, cafes, and nightspots. Live on cobblestone streets like Camac and Hutchinson or in apartments in the grand house of Portico Row on Spruce Street. Shop on Pine Street's Antique Row or be dazzled by the choices along Jewelers' Row, the country's oldest jewelry district. Dine at fine local restaurants, catch a show at the Forrest Theater or the historic Walnut Street Theater. Unwind with after theater coffee and dessert or have late night entertainment on the Avenue of the Arts.
Get involved in the West Washington Square Neighborhood at the West Washington Square Neighborhood Association website www.washwestcivic.org
Learn more about the history of the West Washington Square neighborhood at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Square_West,_Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania
Learn more about the West Washington Square neighborhood from the people that leave there at the West Washington Square Blog http://outside.in/Washington_Square_West_Philadelphia_PA
Live the artist's life in Old City, where commercial buildings from the turn of the century have become exciting, ligh-filled loft apartments. Enjoy access to Penn's Landing and beautiful views of the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Shop at the highest concentration of galleries, home design and fashion in the region along Second and Third Street. Dine at some of the hottest new spots in town and catch some of the best local bands in town.
Learn more about Old City at the Old City District Website www.oldcitydistrict.org
Get involved in the preservation of Old City at the Old City Civic Association Website www.oldcity.org
Find the top Restaurants in Old City at http://philadelphia.about.com/od/historicdining/tp/old_city_dining.htm
Interested in the art of Old City check out the Old City Arts Association at www.oldcityarts.org
Society Hill, where beautifully renovated Colonial homes exist in harmony with luxury high-rise buildings. Make your address a street or cobblestone alley where Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin strolled. Shop at antique stores, at specialty shops and at crafts fairs under the historic market shed at the old Headhouse. At night, pop over to the Ritz theaters to view the latest releases in independent and art house films. Enjoy legendary Philadelphia seafood or Colonial fare, and invite friends who visit to stay at cozy Bed & Breakfasts in the neighborhood. Enjoy proximity to Penn's Landing, where you can jog, ice skate or ride bikes, or attend its wonderful musical, culinary and entertainment events, including fireworks at New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July.
To learn more about the history of Society Hill www.aviewoncities.com/philadelphia/societyhill.htm
Become involved in the preservation of Society Hill at the Society Hill Civic Association website www.societyhillcivic.com
Tour all of the national treasures in Society Hill www.independencevisitorcenter.com
Queen Village and Bella Vista
Feel cozy in converted early 19th Century "trinities" or stretch out in modern townhomes. Get to know your neighbors who have lived there all their lives. Dine and shop at the newly renovated Italian Market, where you can find fresh mozzarella, exotic spices, rare cuts of meat and - surprise - the best Vietnamese food in the region. Shop at the funky store’s along South Street or catch a band and a quick bite at renowned “Famous Deli” Or shop at antique stores and second-hand stores on Sixth Street. Then peruse for curtains, upholstery and even doll house furniture along "Fabric Row" on South Fourth Street.
Become involved in the preservation of Queen Village at The Queen Village Neighborhood Association website www.qvna.org
Become involved in the preservation of Bella Vista at the Bella Vista Community webstie www.bvuca.org
Philadlephia's Chinatown is the fourth largest in the United States. A close-knit neighborhood centered around Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Chinatown is currently expanding north of the Vine Street Expressway with a new housing development. Shop at the dozens of gift shops and Asian markets, and enjoy access to the many events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center such as the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Auto Show. Dine at a variety of Asian restaurants, offering Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Burmese, or Thai cuisine. Or stroll over to the Reading Terminal Market where you can pick supplies for a picnic dinner or shop for take-home gourmet staples ranging from Amish farm produce and meats, to cilantro pesto, to kosher hors d'oeuvres and Cajun spices.
Southwest Center City
Graduate students, professors, artists and medical health professionals are making this South Philadlephia neighborhood (affectionately called "SoSo" for "South of South") an up-and-coming residential area. Residents enjoy easy access to jobs in Center City, in University City and at Graduate Hospital on South Street.
This neighborhood loves living in funky spaces, the land of former breweries into Philly's version of SoHo. Warehouse buildings lend themselves currently to many developments. The neighborhood welcomes everyone to music and art studios, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. The neighborhood enjoys good brews, food and jazz, come as you are and visit the local establishments.