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Be Well Philly

How Taking Shockingly Cold Showers Helps Steamroll My Anxiety

The other day, I reached into my shower and turned the knob all the way to cold. I inhaled and gingerly stepped into the biting, […]

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Life & Style

This Frank Furness-Designed Barn Was Transformed Into a Marvelous Modern Farmhouse

It started as a straightforward job: In late 2018, designer Lisa Furey was tasked with remodeling the kitchen in a Haverford home that a client […]

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City Life

The 10 Essential Sound of Philadelphia Songs Everyone Should Know

Hit play, then go check out our oral history of the Sound of Philadelphia, in which Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, with friends and collaborators […]

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City Life

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

In 1971, a lyrically gifted singer-songwriter from South Philly and a classically trained pianist from Camden launched Philadelphia International Records (PIR), a Black-owned hitmaking label […]

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City Life

How the Pandemic Turned a South Philly Golf Course Into the City’s Best New Park

If you squint, you can see it. Head down to FDR Park, the storied South Philly public space across Broad Street from the Sports Complex. […]

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City Life

What Is Pandemic Life Doing to Our Kids? Maybe Not What We Think

The moms are very worried. Since March of 2020 — when schools started closing and COVID got real — you can find them (okay, us) […]

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City Life

In Their Own Words: 7 Philly Kids Write About Their Pandemic Experiences

Last year, Mighty Writers, a Philly-based nonprofit devoted to boosting students’ literacy and writing skills, asked its writers to reflect on the pandemic. The results […]

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City Life

Mare of Easttown Screenwriter and Chester County Native Brad Ingelsby on Writing for Kate Winslet

Buzz is building for Mare of Easttown, a locally shot crime drama starring Kate Winslet. It’s the latest big project from screenwriter, executive producer and […]

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Life & Style

3 Philly Hotel Designers on Their Favorite Interior Design Trends 

Philly doesn’t just have great hotels; it has great hotel designers. Get to know three of the most in-demand. Katie Pass Hospitality design director, Daroff […]

Things to Do

9 Philly Hotels With Over-the-Top Amenities

While there are plenty of ways to enjoy Philly’s booming hotel scene without ever booking a room, if you are staying overnight — or have […]

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Things to Do

6 Philly Hotels With Fascinating Backstories

The Notary* Center City Originally designed as the City Hall Annex, the building dates back to 1926. It was where Philadelphians went to get the […]

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City Life

Jazmine Sullivan on Going Vegan, Her Biggest Musical Influences, and Her New Album, Heaux Tales

The spelling of my first name … came from my mother’s love of jazz. I grew up in … Strawberry Mansion. Went to CAPA. Didn’t […]

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City Life

Is This The Moment Josh Shapiro Has Been Waiting For?

On a chilly Saturday in early February, I sit in Josh Shapiro’s driveway in suburban Abington next to a firepit as we talk, mask to […]

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City Life

30 Years Ago, a Philly Church Refused to Vaccinate Its Kids Against Measles. The Results Were Deadly

Bob Ross remembers the moment vividly. The date was January 16, 1991, the same day that then-President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Desert Storm, the […]

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City Life

These Millennial Mayors in the Philly ’Burbs Entered Office Eager and Optimistic. Then Came 2020

Mark Barbee got laid off in 2020. He was a waiter in a King of Prussia restaurant that closed when Governor Tom Wolf issued shutdown […]