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This Is Not a Dallas Cowboys Fan

Booooooo! To outsiders, that sound is a war cry, a clarion call for action, a howl of barbarism. For Philadelphia sports fans like me, the […]

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An American Rustic Home

A peculiar thing is happening in Lambertville. A very particular design aesthetic—one that mixes old and new, industrial and woodsy, all with wild abandon—is cropping […]

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Who Doesn’t Like Allyson Schwartz?

In the end—my last moment with Allyson Schwartz, sitting in her office in Washington—she is about to cry. “You’re getting a little emotional, Congresswoman,” I […]

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Han’s Dynasty

In any serious food city in America, there exists a cadre of chefs and restaurateurs who are the Big Dogs. The guys (because, yeah, it’s […]

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Helen Gym: The Agitator

  Helen Gym advances, and Mayor Nutter inches warily back. She waves a thick stack of papers at him, each sheath a complaint lodged by […]

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One of Us: Bob Brady

My name is … Bob Brady, or Robert A. Brady. The “A” stands for Alan. My father was Robert G. Brady, and he didn’t want […]

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Jon Gosselin in the Wilderness

Following his Friday-night shift at the better of the two restaurants in Stouchsburg, Pennsylvania, Jon Gosselin emerges from its kitchen and asks if I want […]

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How Paul Levy Created Center City

The smell. what could he do about the smell? It was 1989, and Ron Rubin, the developer and quintessential Philadelphia power player, was lobbying Tiffany […]

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A New Life for the Old Boyd Theatre

It hosted the likes of Grace Kelly, Mario Lanza and Charlton Heston. But I’m guessing that no premiere at the Boyd Theatre—built in 1928 and […]

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The Death of the Funeral Business

Over the summer, my 98-year-old Aunt Elizabeth passed away, after a long, full life. In the wake (heh) of her memorial service, I got a […]

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Heidi Hamels Is More Than Just Mrs. Cole Hamels

Heidi Hamels will hate the way this story begins. But this is where her story must begin, because without it, the farm girl never becomes […]

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Restaurant Review: Next-Level Comfort Food at Little Nonna’s

On the first day, there were white tablecloths. People dressed for restaurants the way they did for Pan Am Stratocruisers, and entrées arrived beneath silver […]

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Keeping Santa Alive in the Suburbs

I had no idea that my daughter was watching me, that she’d followed me into the attic, that she was standing right there. I’d gone […]

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Restaurant Review: The Best Food at Pizzeria Vetri Isn’t the Pizza

I was wrapping up lunch at Pizzeria Vetri when a gentleman approached my table. He was skinny and stooped-over and appeared to be in dire straits. […]

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The 12 Best Winter Holiday Drinks

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