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As continued from Phabulous Philly (Part III)...

Back in Philly, we headed to South Street in search of an authentic cheesesteak. We took a pass at Jim's Steaks here on South Street and continued on to the famous (and infamous) Geno's Steaks instead.


The famous Geno's Steaks. Arguably the best and most authentic cheesesteak shop in the world.


Geno's Steaks in South Philly.








A cheeseteak at Geno's honestly tastes better than this picture would have you believe. And yes, that's "wiz" on the cheeseteak. Cheese Whiz is a popular topping.


Across from Geno's is one of Isaiah Zagar's "Magic Gardens." He is a Philadelphia mosaic artist, notable for his murals in and around Philly's South Street.


Heading back towards downtown from Geno's we also came across the 9th Street Italian Market.


The 9th Street Italian Market (cont.)...




I don't know who the guy on the mural is, but I picture him to be the Johnny Lombardi of Philadelphia.


The 9th Street Italian Market (cont.)


A view towards downtown from a ballpark in the area of the 9th Street Italian Market.


9th Street's Fat Tire bike shop. In general, I didn't find Philly to have taken to the bicycle as much as Toronto has in recent years, but that there was nothing really stopping it from being a great cycling city either.


Our final day in Philly began with a quick visit to the Kimmel Center. Rafael Viñoly Architects designed the building which was opened in 2001 and houses the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadanco and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.


The Center was fraught with cost overruns and ended up being one of the most expensive concert facilities ever constructed anywhere.


The Kimmel Center (cont.)...




Located under a distinctive vaulted ceiling The Kimmel Center houses two concert halls.


The Kimmel Center (cont.)...






The Kimmel Center also features a roof garden above one of the two concert halls.


The Kimmel Center (cont.)...










A play on Philadelphia's Broad Street.


We then headed back to City Hall for a ride up the elevator to the top of the clock tower.


From the top of Philly's City Hall's clock tower. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Camden, NJ can be seen in the background.


We got pretty close to William.


The PNB building from the top of Philly's City Hall.


Broad Street from the top of Philly's City Hall. Broad Street takes much the same role in Philly as Yonge Street does in Toronto. It's also a very long street.


Across from City Hall sits a public square with a permanent art installation titled "Your Move." It opened in 1996 and features big chess, monopoly and chekers pieces.


The PSFS Building from the top of Philly's City Hall. The PSFS is the first international style skyscraper built in the United States and today houses a Loew's Hotel.


Another close-up of William Penn from the top of Philly's City Hall.


Part of Philly's skyline (including One and Two Liberty Place) from the top of Philly's City Hall. Philadelphia City Hall was actually the tallest building in the world between 1901 and 1908 and is still the 8th tallest in Philadelphia.


Another skyline shot from the top of Philly's City Hall.


Looking up Ben Franklin Parkway towards the Philadelphia Museum of Art from the top of Philly's City Hall.


Back on the ground is this art deco facade of Philadelphia's National Bank building.


Independence Hall from the Independence National Mall.


The Liberty Bell sits in a new pavilion housed on the edge of the Independence National Mall. This is also perhaps America's worst located thermostat.


Liberty Bell Pavilion (cont.)


The Liberty Bell faces Independence Hall.


The Liberty Bell (cont.)


Independence Hall from the Liberty Bell Pavilion.


Liberty Bell (cont.)...




The new Liberty Bell Pavilion from the outside.


Liberty Bell Pavilion (cont.)


Independence Hall (cont.)


Independence Hall from The Bourse.


Continued in the final thread, Phabulous Philly (Part V) - coming soon!
 
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Philadelphia pics - Part 4...

DK416: Good pics from your Philadelphia visit!
It looked warm and humid,though...
I will mention these pics...
#2-7 Geno's Steaks - Perhaps Philly's best Cheesesteak compared to Pat's directly across the intersection of S 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue...
For more about Geno's see: www.genosteaks.com/ Or if you prefer Pat's: www.patskingofsteaks.com/
#12-Mural of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo(1920-1991)-a 70s era mayor that was controversial but well-regarded by Philly's Italian community...
For more info look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Rizzo
#13-Italian Market sign-note sneakers on wires thrown up by young residents of older Philly neighborhoods...
#14-Liberty and Comcast Towers visible in background thru fence...
#16-29-Good Kimmel Center pics...
#31 - City Hall pics are good-How long did you wait to go to the top of the City Hall tower? Last time I tried I waited a couple of hours...
#32-Looking E towards NJ-Ben Franklin Bridge is visible in back L and the large roofline of the Pennsylvania Convention Center is below.
#35-PNB Bank and S Broad Street with Stadium Complex visible in back...
#36-Municipal Services Building has game pieces on plaza...
#37-Philadelphia Savings Fund Society(Defunct bank) Building now Loew's Hotel-at one time Philadelphia's tallest building(next to CH Tower)
#39-Note the two Centre Square buildings in foreground-built in the mid 70s. - Note the height-and the newer,taller buildings behind...
#40-Liberty Tower left,Comcast Tower right...
#43-Penn Mutual Bank Building once hosted a public observatory-closed in the early 80s I believe...
#46,47,49-The Liberty Bell-Philadelphia's most famous single object...
#48,53-Independence Hall-Philadelphia's most famous single building...
I hope this adds to the picture ID and this tour...
Long Island Mike
 
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#12-Mural of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo(1920-1991)-a 70s era mayor that was controversial but well-regarded by Philly's Italian community...
For more info look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Rizzo
Ahhh, thanks for that. I guess I wasn't too far off by equating him as the Johnny Lombardi of Philly.

#31 - City Hall pics are good-How long did you wait to go to the top of the City Hall tower? Last time I tried I waited a couple of hours...
If you wanted a complete tour of City Hall (including the tower) the wait was a couple of hours. If you just wanted up the tower, it was only about a 10-minute wait. We were pressed for time anyway, so just did the tower.
 

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