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By Marian Betancourt When I lived in Philadelphia for two years in the 1990s I missed New York. Although I enjoyed the art museum and the Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia didn’t seem as vibrant as my native city. Well, that view has been quashed forever by a recent visit during

Rosenbach Library. Photo by Eleanor Berman.

By Eleanor Berman Ever since the 1700s when Ben Franklin published the nation’s first best seller, Poor Richard’s Almanac, Philadelphia has been a haven for writers and literature lovers. 2015 will be a banner year for books with four exhibitions marking the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland as well


Savvy travelers to Philadelphia head for the newly vibrant neighborhoods that ring Center City Story and photos by John Grossmann Milk & Honey Market co-owner Annie Baum-Stein is holding court behind an alluring array of honey jars, each with a different five-digit number on the lid.  Emblematic of the new breed

"The Dance," by Henri Matisse, artfully installed at the new Barnes Foundation

By Bobbie Leigh Architects Todd Williams and Billie Tsien’s new Barnes Foundation in downtown Philadelphia is never referred to as a museum, but rather a campus. The modernist building, glass and stone, crisp and cool, has two personalities: one- 21st century and the other, a time warp recreation of the

By Everett Potter Forgive me, Philadelphia, but you got lost in my East Coast shuffle between DC and New York City. The backstory: it had been decades since I last set foot in the City of Brotherly Love and when I visited a couple of weeks ago, the city bore

Philadelphia's Old City District

  By John Grossmann What you need to understand about Philadelphia is that better than in any other American city, the old and the new co-exist splendidly, offering a winning mix of the historic and the hip. Nowhere is that enticing blend more prevalent than in Philadelphia’s recently revitalized Old

By Shari Hartford Approach Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell and you will see Philadelphia’s new National Museum of American Jewish History (a Smithsonian affiliate) looming straight ahead. The museum tells another American independence story – this one through Jewish eyes. In a city rich with tales of quests for

By Bobbie Leigh In the final gallery of  the Franklin Institute's  new show, "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt," we get the Liz Taylor and Claudette Colbert popular imagination version of Cleopatra.  More fiction than fact,  Hollywood  portrayed her as cunning sex kitten who seduced two of

  Philadelphia. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC. By Shari Hartford I've seen the movies: The Philadelphia Story, Philadelphia and Rocky; watched the television shows: Cold Case and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; admired native daughter, Grace Kelly; know the history; and can even hum the Elton John song, Philadelphia