By Andrew Kramer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s a special milestone for one of Old City’s most popular events.

First Friday has been an institution in Philadelphia now for a quarter century.

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“Old City has probably the most art galleries per capita in Philadelphia,” says  Old City District Executive Director Job Itzkowitz. “In 1991, some of those galleries and businesses got together and said ‘why don’t we keep our doors open late’?”

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Old City District Executive Director Job Itzkowitz. (credit: Andrew Kramer)

Old City District Executive Director Job Itzkowitz.
(credit: Andrew Kramer)

Twenty-five years later, he says art lovers are still enjoying those galleries…old and new:

“Some of our galleries have been here the entire time. But we also have new galleries coming in line to blend the experience of the older galleries with some of the fresh takes on the arts.”

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A reception was held Tuesday night to celebrate the occasion. The founders of First Friday and those that contributed to its growth over the years were honored.