Jersey Shore Pizza Face-Off

There’s a reason you’ll walk past 15 Boardwalk pizza places in the hot sun to get to your favorite: A good slice is worth the extra effort. So which Shore joint is truly the King of all Pizza? That’s for you to decide. We’ve picked the top places in each South Jersey Shore town, and are asking for you to vote for your favorite (once a day, every day) from now until July 26th. (No, you don’t have to vote for a spot in every town to have your say.) Then we’ll take the top vote-getter in each town and have a final face-off, to name the absolute best pizza place down the Shore. The winner will be announced online and featured in next summer’s annual shore guide in the magazine.

Make your vote count

How Philly is Trying to Fix Water Main-ia

Credit: Shutterstock.com

Credit: Shutterstock.com

Editor’s Note: Citified has retracted this story, which was based on a flawed assumption about water management infrastructure. Thanks to commenters William H Ross III and tsarstruck for pointing out the error.

Introducing the Philly Selfie Contest

This classic Philly Selfie was captured at the Independence Visitor Center.

Hey Philly! Get pumped for Selfies Week! We need your best selfies for an upcoming photo feature. Starting Monday, May 4th, we’re collecting your submissions online, via Instagram, or Twitter or email us at social@phillymag.com. Make sure you use the hashtag #PhillySelfieContest. Here’s what we need:

1. Selfies with you and a celebrity with Philly ties.

2. Selfies that show you in an iconic Philadelphia setting. The more creative, the better — do you have a killer selfie from the observation deck of City Hall at sunset? On the 50-yard line at halftime of an Eagles game?

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New York City: A Travel Guide for Savvy Philadelphians

Photo by Susanne Kremer

Photo by Susanne Kremer

We’ve got the Pope. We’ve got the millennials. We’ve got Top Chefs. You know what all that means? We don’t need to be frenemies with the Big Apple anymore; we can truly enjoy it for what it is — one of the best cities in the world that also happens to be Philly’s most convenient urban getaway. Read more »

Great First Dates in Philadelphia

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

If You Want to Say: “I’m Sporty”

Make a Date For: Biking the Schuylkill River Trail. Set a slow pace so you can talk. (No need to prove you’re a Weekend Warrior just yet.)

If It’s Going Well: Pedal to the Conshohocken Brewing Co. (it’s past Manayunk if you’re coming from the city) and have suds and snacks—the bar is located along the banks and has plenty of bike parking. Conshohocken, 610-897-8962.

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Great Offline Dates for Online Daters in Philadelphia

Menagerie Coffee. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Menagerie Coffee. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

What: One of the “it” cafes
Why: A minimal time commitment in case the Web-to-life sparks aren’t flying.
A Few to Try: Menagerie Coffee (Old City, no phone), for the rustic-meets-urban decor and unpretentious vibe; Shot Tower (Queen Village, 267-886-8049), a mecca for the coffee-obsessed where you can perch on a stool at the window bar for some well-lit (read: #nofilter) getting-to-know-you time; Grindcore House (Pennsport, 215-839-3333), a vegan, punk, edgy spot that is itself a conversation starter.

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6 Classy Break-Up Spots in Philadelphia

Choosing the right backdrop for your breakup depends on what sort of breakup you have in mind. Bidding a wistful, sweet goodbye-forever? The semi-secret John F. Collins pocket park at 17th and Chestnut is the perfect spot, very The Way We Were. You’re close enough to Rittenhouse to grab a decent coffee, but far enough that people you know aren’t likely to witness the tears and tissues. (If you think there’s a chance the whole ordeal might really go south, Fitler Square meets the same standards but also provides endless directions in which to flee.)

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Great Hot Dates in Philadelphia

The Library at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Photograph by Jauien Sasnou

The Library at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Photograph by Jauien Sasnou

1. The Rittenhouse

If you can’t get lucky following an afternoon in the hotel’s spa, a romantic dinner at Lacroix (indulge in the well-worth-it $125 chef’s tasting menu) and nightcaps at the Library Bar — easily the sexiest little lounge in town — then we don’t know what to tell you. Rittenhouse, 215-546-9000.

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Tell Us How You Feel About Love

love-in-philly-bannerWe want to know your thoughts on relationships, sex, marriage, soul mates, and the state of love in Philadelphia right now. Results of this quick, anonymous poll will run in Philly Mag. So go ahead … tell us everything.*
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ThinkFest Preview: William Hite on Moving Philadelphia’s Schools Forward

School District of Philadelphia superintendent William Hite and Philadelphia magazine deputy editor Patrick Kerkstra.

School District of Philadelphia superintendent William Hite and Philadelphia magazine deputy editor Patrick Kerkstra.

He’s got the toughest job in Philadelphia, and more experience managing crises than FEMA. But Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite didn’t move to the city two years ago to manage the district’s decline. When not extinguishing fires, Hite is working on a plan to drag urban education into the modern age. His goals are extraordinarily ambitious: 100 percent of kids reading at grade level by the 8th grade; 100 percent of students graduating, prepared for college or career.

But how? How to give schools autonomy, while ensuring they meet high standards? How to attract and retain the best teachers and principals amid labor strife and constrained resources? How can the district win the high-stakes match of three-dimensional chess with City Hall and Harrisburg? Above all, how can the district move forward? At ThinkFest, Hite will wrangle with these and other incisive questions posed by Philadelphia magazine’s Patrick Kerkstra.

Join us on November 14th at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business for a day of the city’s smartest people sharing their biggest ideas. Read all of our ThinkFest 2014 previews here, and watch the livestream, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday November 14th.

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