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.

ThinkFest Preview: Amy Gutmann Discusses Penn’s Next Decade With Jim Gardner

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann and 6 ABC anchor Jim Gardner.

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann and 6 ABC anchor Jim Gardner.

Now in her 10th year as president of the University of Pennsylvania, Amy Gutmann has a decade of educational, institutional, and civic accomplishments behind her: the greater diversity of Penn’s student body through the expansion of financial aid, improved relations with the university’s West Philadelphia neighbors, the 2011 opening of Penn Park, and a record 2013 fundraising effort that brought $4.3 billion to the school. (She was even at Davos this year discussing women and leadership with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.)

But as Gutmann once said to Philadelphia magazine, “people and places should never rest on their laurels” — so we’ve invited 6 ABC’s Jim Gardner to interview her about the next decade at Penn. Hear what’s on the drawing board at one of the city’s largest employers and economic engines, from a far-reaching Compact 2020 plan that seeks to increase the university’s local and global impact to the latest on Penn Connects, the university’s development and urban design vision.

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.

Nathaniel Popkin and Diana Lind on Architecture

Nathaniel Popkin and Diana Lind at Penn's Fisher Fine Arts Library. Photograph by Justin James Muir

Nathaniel Popkin and Diana Lind at Penn’s Fisher Fine Arts Library. Photograph by Justin James Muir

NATHANIEL: The Athenaeum made both of our lists of favorite buildings in Philadelphia. What is it you like about it?

DIANA: The Athenaeum is like a bunch of other buildings in Philadelphia I adore: They’re set in time. They feel completely separate from what’s going on a couple blocks away on 8th and Market, which would be the total absence of feeling. When I compare the Athenaeum to a lot of architecture that we build today, I feel we’ve dumbed down the palette and created buildings intended to be timeless but that don’t transport you anywhere.

NATHANIEL: But contemporary architects have to deal with an extraordinary number of constraints. You have to satisfy the function of the building and contemporary aesthetic instinct — which is confusing because no one knows what that is. You also have to consider sustainability, budget, and maybe a site that’s difficult to work with. I think in many cases the architect is doing an admirable job trying to balance those things. Read more »

Best of Philly 2014 Preview: Arts and Culture

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Best Art Gallery: Fleisher/Ollman

This unassuming gallery near Chinatown is a gem for connoisseurs and nascent collectors alike, with a fantastically diverse selection that ranges from contemporary mixed-media pieces to the 20th-century masterworks that put the place on the map. Plus, prices are reasonable. 1216 Arch Street, Center City, 215-545-7562.

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Best of Philly 2014 Preview: Health and Fitness

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Best Gym: Haverford YMCA

This isn’t your grandma’s YMCA. The gorgeous 75,000-square-foot Haverford Y, on the old Swell Bubble Gum Factory campus, includes three indoor swimming pools (hello, water slides), an indoor track, palatial cardio and weight-training facilities, and more than 100 fitness classes a week. No wonder that in less than a year, it’s attracted 21,000 members and counting. 891 North Eagle Road, Havertown, 610-649-0700.

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