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(The Eagles' mascot "Swoop," accompanied by Rocky and Ben Franklin reenactors, poses for a snapshot at one of Visit Philly's new photo spots, this one outside the Visitors' Center on Independence Mall.  Photo by Justin Udo)

Philadelphia Tourism Agency Creates Scenic Photo Ops For Visiting Tourists

The photogenic props include giant XOXO letters, a bicycle-built-for-three mounted on a stand, and oversized Adirondack chairs.

06/11/2015

(Sections of this mural, on a South Philadelphia building, are missing because the underlying stucco was crumbled away.  Photo by Kristen Johanson)

Some South Philly Music Legends Contribute To New Mural Project

Frankie Avalon has kicked in $5,000 for a replacement for a decaying mural honoring South Philadelphia entertainers.

06/11/2015

Luke Alvarez (blue shirt) presents a surfboard and donations to Alysse Einbender (orange shirt) Wednesday at Carusi Middle School in Cherry Hill.  Students Joe and Dante look on. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Event Down The Shore Gives People With Disabilities Chance To Surf

People with spinal cord injuries will be given the opportunity to ride the waves next weekend in Wildwood Crest

06/11/2015

(Mary Lloyd, perusing maps in preparation for a well-planned getaway.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Appreciating Paper Maps and Charts

Remember, savvy travelers do not live by GPS alone!

06/11/2015

76ers and Union play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff (credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Philly Soccer Show: A Familiar Voice In The Booth

Marc Zumoff is making the transition from slam dunks to headers.

06/10/2015

(Cherry Hill township mayor Chuck Cahn, in file photo.  Credit: David Madden)

Legal Battle Over The Future Of Cherry Hill’s Woodcrest Country Club Nears An End

Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn says with the blessing of council, he approached Cherry Hill Land Associates to try to bring a more than year long legal battle over the golf course to a conclusion.

06/10/2015

(Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Work Resuming On Long-Awaited Phillies Mural

The mural depicting Phillies greats from the history of the franchise has been in the works since 2008.

06/10/2015

(A food truck vendor, a Temple official, and a city L&I official testify before Philadelphia City Council.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Temple Univ. Asks City Council To Help Rein In Food Truck Mayhem on Campus

The university is asking Council to create a “Temple Vending District,” ensuring that students have an opportunity to make purchases at the burgeoning food truck scene, but not to the point of choking off pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

06/08/2015

(Chef-owner Walter Staib, photographed at the City Tavern, Second and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia.  Photo by Lauren Lipton)

Positively Philadelphia: Celebrating Lafayette’s Arrival in Colonial America

Walter Staib, chef-owner of the City Tavern in Society Hill, has been named culinary ambassador for the replica tall ship of the Marquis de Lafayette, which will be arriving in Philadelphia later this month.

06/07/2015

(Left, a reliquary.  Right, a bronze cast of the hand of St. Pope John II, which the public will be invited to touch while it is on display in Philadelphia.  Images provided)

Vatican Sending Some Notable Items to Philadelphia Ahead of Pope’s Visit

The exhibit, called “Vatican Splendors,” will be on display at the Franklin Institute starting September 19th.

06/05/2015

(Laurie Phillips, at left, is a longtime customer of the Four Seasons Philadelphia and says she will miss it.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Four Seasons Hotel About To Close Its Doors on Logan Circle

The luxury hotel is scheduled to reopen in 2018 in the upper floors of the Comcast Innovation Center, now under construction.

06/05/2015

(The Philadelphia Orchestra performing in Vienna's Musikverein earlier this week.  Photo by Jan Regan, provided by Phila. Orchestra)

Philadelphia Orchestra Nearing End of Its Groundbreaking European Tour

Besides bringing the world-famous orchestra to new audiences, the tour has served to generate interest in Philadelphia as a destination for both tourists and global businesses.

06/05/2015

(Students take part in an after-school Scrabble tournament at the Independence Seaport Museum.  Photo by Mike Dougherty)

Phila. Students Take Part In After-School Scrabble Tourney at Seaport Museum

At today’s event, they had the chance to play against kids from other schools, with some prizes on the line.

06/04/2015

(A skateboarder interacts with a new sculpture built to be skated on.   Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program Goes Interactive With Its Newest Artworks

The city’s renowned Mural Arts Program is working with fourteen well-known artists on a series of works that interract with the viewing public.

06/04/2015

(Graphic from Showtime)

Showtime Joins Growing List of TV Services Bypassing Cable via Direct Streaming

You’ll soon be able to watch the popular premium channel “Showtime” without paying the cable guy.

06/03/2015