West Philly!

Living the sweet life, left of the Schuylkill.

By Stephen Metzger
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Sean Dorn leads a tour of West Philadelphia -- all the coolest places to live, eat, drink, catch live music and generally make merry!

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1. Brad said... on Oct 19, 2009 at 10:29PM

“This makes me fall in love with West Philly all over again. Terrific work, Sean and Stephen!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Oct 20, 2009 at 02:32PM

“Great video! I have been in West Philly for over a year now and I love it!!”

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3. Anonymous said... on Oct 20, 2009 at 02:44PM

“If you are from West Philly, you know 52nd and Market is the heart of West Philly. Cut it out with all this soft crap, Live Music and Coffee? Nope!! On 52nd Street, our vendors our out everyday winter, summer, spring and fall, rain or shine. West Philly stand Up!!!”

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4. Stephen said... on Oct 20, 2009 at 03:23PM

“Anonymous #3/4, you're certainly right that the 52nd St. corridor is an important part of West Philadelphia. We made sure to specify in the video that even though the headline says West Philly, we were only trying to cover a very specific area (mostly the B-More Ave. corridor) since there's no way you can do a video about all of West Philly in just a few minutes. Even in this very specified region, there's still great locations that were unfortunately left out, and we hope that this video will encourage people to explore the area and find some hidden gems and go further than the bounds that this video covered, and hopefully we will be able to showcase the 52nd street vibe in another video.”

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5. Mark Silber said... on Oct 20, 2009 at 11:59PM

“FABULOUS! I live on Baltimore Avenue near Clark Park, and this short introduction to my neighborhood captures the very essence and flavor of this wonderful historic and beautiful part of Philly. I am only sorry you didn't mention the excellent Vientiane Lao/Thai restaurant or the Desi Village Indian restaurant ... and Clark Park has the world's only statue of Charles Dickens. This neighborhood is really special, and I am not ashamed to say that the VIX Emporium is a jewel in our crown. Many thanks and best wishes!”

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6. Algernong said... on Oct 21, 2009 at 02:17AM

“This is a very well done glimpse at the energy that makes the neighborhoods sprouting about Baltimore Avenue's backbone attractive and vibrant. Sean and Stephen did a great job of tying in past and present, culture, lifestyle and family in a 7 minute segment. As others have posted, this only represents a sampling of the great gems in this neighborhood.”

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7. Michael said... on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:53AM

“An excellent, if short, overview of the neighborhood I moved to three years ago, and have fallen in love with. The people, the architecture, the tree-lined streets, the diversity, the parks and the art culture in this area all make it one of Philly's best kept secrets. Well done - West Philly, stand up indeed!!”

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8. Tony West said... on Oct 21, 2009 at 07:07AM

“Woot! Wonderful down-home video, Sean. You're darn right ... Baltimore Avenue is the axis mundi. Hope to see you at the annual Election Meeting of Friends of Clark Park, tonight at Griffith Hall, 45th & Kingsessing, 7pm. We hope to get business done in time for the game.”

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9. rosemarie said... on Oct 22, 2009 at 10:58AM

“Sean and Stephen, Well done and thank you!”

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10. Anonymous said... on Oct 26, 2009 at 12:39AM

“hey, sean... shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!”

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11. Greg said... on Oct 26, 2009 at 10:55AM

“Nice video guys. I've lived here for 25 years and love it!”

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12. Buzzie said... on Dec 6, 2009 at 09:51AM

“I visit this neighborhood several times a year... in the Spring, Summer, and / or Fall. [Sorry but I'll take my Florida in the Winter.]
I love the Amish offerings on Saturday mornings and the thrift shops a few blocks north on 45th. They are a special treat for me.
Great area of a great city”

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13. Vivianne T. Nachmias said... on Dec 11, 2009 at 03:11PM

“Good very appealing, send to Center City. Wish you had included the wonderful Saturday morning children's soccer, though. It not only includes
all kids who want to come, it brings parents and volunteer coaches
(often alums) In the bowl! (where there have also been concerts by the Philad orchestra about 3 I think). Also, define that old mural!!
One Q though, did you not include a place in Walnut Hill? the other Green line and was that the Ethiopian restaurant across the st???”

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14. Daniel said... on Dec 12, 2009 at 09:34PM

“Very nice--Dahlak, however, was a serious omission. The very best the neighborhood has to offer on a summer evening.”

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15. Stephen said... on Dec 18, 2009 at 02:03PM

“Not so fast, Daniel! Dahlak makes a brief appearance at around 3:44. (I just wish we had time to include the tasty Southeast Asian spots in the neighborhood, like Vietnam Cafe and Vientiane Cafe.)”

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16. Katie said... on Dec 20, 2009 at 03:52PM

“I grew up in the neighborhood, a lot of things have changed, but many are the same, like Clark Park. I've been gone since '90, but still so many memories! I was a founding member of Mariposa Food Co-op, and my daughter's birth was chronicled in its first newsletter.

The corner of 47th and Baltimore was a soda shop and hangout called "Pop's", and later it was referred to as "The Bucket", still trying to find out where that came from, hopefully more than just because of how it rhymes!

Those of us who grew up there in the 50's and 60's will never forget it, or each other, so we really should have a reunion!”

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17. Anonymous said... on Feb 25, 2010 at 07:01PM

“What happened to the Cherry Tree Inn Music coop circa 1970-78? 45th Baltimore Ave.”

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18. Anonymous said... on May 17, 2011 at 09:29PM

“I find it funny how close that part of baltimore is to where i live but its so different. But im from the hood lol and the axis mundi of West Philly is 52nd and market.”

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19. Anonymous said... on Dec 9, 2012 at 12:11PM

“The Cherry Tree Inn at 45th and Baltimore has been Gojjo since the late 90s. The Cherry Tree Music Co-op (which was named after the Cherry Tree Inn but never had shows there) was at St. Mary's Church at 40th and Locust and closed in 2003; some of its members then started Crossroads Music.”

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20. Garrison said... on Jan 23, 2013 at 04:48PM

“Wasn't Cherry Tree Inn east-side of 47th? Beside the Ivan (modern day University House)?”


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