S: Philadelphia & New Jersey Thanksgiving 2011
FC: Philadelphia and New Jersey Thanksgiving 2011
1: First Night in Philly | In a Pat's vs. Geno's Philly steak off: Geno's wins!!! The best cheese steak in town!
3: Loving the Trolley and learning about Philly's American roots!
4: *Museum of Art *Elfreth Alley
5: *City Hall *Chinatown *Smith Memorial Arch | Philadelphia's City Hall is the world's second-tallest masonry building
6: Rocky Balboa!!!
7: The Museum of Art | Getting ready for the Thanksgiving Parade
8: * Rodin Museum & the Gates of Hell * Public Library * World Park | Love this Trolley
9: Visiting Al Capone's Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary...
10: It was the first prison of its kind. Invented by quakers, it could hold up to 300 prisoners. | It didn't believe in killing prisoners but isolating them for a period of time where they can serve "penance" and repent their sins | Eastern State was open from 1836-1971.
11: Was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world
13: Cell Block 7
16: Went to jail for killing the President's cat 3 | Pip the Dog
17: Notable Inmates * Morris "The Rabbi" Bolber * Victor "Babe" Andreoli * Joe Buzzard *Leo Callahan * Freda Frost *Clarence Alexander Rae * William Francis Sutton *Frederick Tenuto *Charles Yerkes *William "Blackie" Zupkoski * Al Capone | Bye Eastern Pen!
18: * Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul * 15th St * Jeanne D'Arc * Occupy Wall Street movement
19: Jeanne D'Arc or "Joan of Arc"was made a saint by Pope Benedict XV on May 16, 1920. She is the youngest person in history to command the armies of a nation at age 17
20: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a gallery space and nonprofit organization that showcases the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar. It consists of found objects and contributions from the community.
21: Zagar started working on the Magic Gardens in 1994. It took him fourteen years to finish this site found on 1020 South St.
26: Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia's historic farmers market located on 12th and Arch st.
27: selection of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, ethnic foods, cookware and eclectic restaurants | The site of the Market has been in use as a public market since 1860
28: Our Hotel The Hilton Garden Inn | Good Morning! Day 2 begins!
29: Eating before the | Gang arrives! | Old City Coffee: brewing since 1984 | Grabbing a quick pic w/the Amish
30: Drinking some Coors Light & Yeungling at Molly Malloy's, relaxing from that early morning flight!
31: Molly Malloy’s won Reading Terminal’s 2011 Scrapplefest with their Brioche and Sunnyside Egg Scrapple Sandwich. *Scrapple is Scraps of pork stewed with cornmeal and shaped into loaves for slicing and frying. | Hanging w/the Sinanan Crew | Look at that Lobster!
32: When William Penn created Pennsylvania's government he allowed citizens to take part in making laws and gave them the right to choose the religion they wanted. The colonists were proud of the freedom that Penn gave them.
33: In 1751, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered a new bell for the State House. He asked that a Bible verse to be placed on the bell - "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10).
34: The Liberty Bell Center is located on Market Street between 5th and 6th
35: The Liberty Center focuses on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. | The old State House bell was first called the "Liberty Bell" by a group trying to outlaw slavery in the 1830's | The bell weighs about 2000 pounds. It is made of 70% copper, 25% tin, and small amounts of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold, and silver.
36: By 1846 a thin crack began to affect the sound of the bell. The bell was repaired in 1846 and rang for a George Washington birthday celebration, but the bell cracked again and has not been rung since. No one knows why the bell cracked either time.
37: The Bell was Originally Cast in Whitechapel Foundry 1752
39: The Liberty Center was designed by UJMN Architects, Ueland Junker & McCauley Nicholson | This center opened October,2003 | The Bell strikes an E-flat note.
40: Independence Hall is the centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park located on Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th. | Underground Museum | The President's House
41: Independence National Historical Park | 143 S. Third Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 | Only 3 blocks, it is the smallest national park in the U.S. | Second Bank in U.S history | Independence Hall was completed in 1753 as the colonial legislature for the province of Philly. Both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted here.
42: After a long day: - Mom knocked out!!! - Rajiv n I started playing with the camera - I took random pictures of my make-up | you Hunny Bunny
44: On the PATCO: also known as the High Speed Line, it's a rapid transit system operated by the Port Authority Transit Corporation. It runs between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden County, New Jersey. | The Speedline runs underground in Philadelphia, crosses the Delaware River on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, runs underground in Camden, then runs above ground in New Jersey until the east end of the line. | New Jersey here we come! Uncle Boya's surprise =D
45: Waiting to give the big surprise!!! | The line transports over 33,000 people daily | PATCO operates 24 hours a day, one of only four U.S. rapid transit systems to do so.
46: Johnnie & Smirnoff!!! | Jammin! to some rell bess tchune!
47: Fried Turkey | Baked Turkey | Savi vs. Mami: Battle Turkey | Too much TURKEYYY
48: The Turkeys on their way...
50: Atlantic City here we come!
51: The historic length of the Boardwalk, before the 1944 hurricane, was about 7 miles and it extended from Atlantic City, through Ventnor and Margate, into Longport. | Famous because it was the first Boardwalk constructed in the United States, Atlantic City opened on Sunday, June 26, 1870. The current Boardwalk is a little over four miles long.
52: Getting to the train we never took ha ha ha!!!
53: The beautiful Ladies on this TRIP!
54: Atlantic City Troubles... 1. We went to the train and we didn't know which one to take. 2. We now needed to rent a car which Boya n Rajiv went to do. 3. We didn't have a key to the house since it was left at the car rental so Ricky Climbed the roof, went through the window, and let us all in. | Ricky climbs the roof! | Soo we didn't have a Key...
55: Sooooo after all these difficulties... 4. We finally left! 5. Atlantic City here we come!!! | Were Here. Yay!!!
56: Four miles of sandy beach gently sloping into the surf.
57: In 1850, Dr. Jonathan Pitney constructed the Camden-Atlantic rail line at a cost of app. $1.2 million. A civil engineer from Philadelphia, Richard Osbourne, designed the city layout and proposed the name Atlantic City. | In March of 1854, the city was incorporated and eighteen voters elected the first mayor.
58: The city grew rapidly and offered lodging, dining, entertainment and amusements for all ages, tastes and incomes. Attractions like the Boardwalk, amusement piers, floor shows and beauty pageants drew throngs of visitors, including many famous figures over the years.
59: From the 1880s to 1940s, Atlantic City was a major vacation resort. In the 1920s it was considered the premier tryout town for theatrical productions headed for Broadway and beyond.
60: Beginning in the 1930s and over the next three decades, Kentucky Avenue was renowned for its nightlife, with Club Harlem and other venues attracting the best talent and the biggest stars from the world of jazz.
61: During World War II, the city offered much more than entertainment distractions, serving as a training site for military recruits and recovery and rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers.
62: By the 1960s, the city was beset with the economic and social problems common to many urban centers at the time. With the health of its economy entirely dependent on tourists who were now shunning the decaying resort, the city reached its near end. | In the 1950s, as air travel to vacation spots in Florida and the Caribbean became more widely available, Atlantic City’s popularity as a resort destination began to decline.
63: When the first casino, Resorts International, opened in 1978, no one could predict the rapid growth of the gaming industry in Atlantic City or the tremendous impact it would have on the city, the region and the state. | By 1988, a dozen casinos were open and the number of annual visitors had grown from 700,000 in 1978, to over 33 million. By the year 2000, the city's tax base had skyrocketed from $316 million in 1976 to over $6.7 billion. | In 1976, the “Atlantic City Gamble” was launched when New Jersey voters approved a referendum legalizing gambling, specifically in Atlantic City but not elsewhere in the state.
64: Eating Chinese food, Mr.Sinanan's Favorite! | Walking the Blvd.
65: We Loved Atlantic City & hope to come back soon!
66: Good Morning Day 5!!! Eating some breakfast pretzel dogs from the Miller Twist and the Dutch Eating Place. We're really gonna miss this market! :(
67: City Hall was the tallest habitable building in the world from 1901 to 1908 and the tallest in Pennsylvania until 1932 when surpassed by the Gulf Tower in Pittsburgh. | Walking down Market St. Towards City Hall
68: It remained the tallest building in Philadelphia until the construction of One Liberty Place (1984–1987)
69: The building was designed by Scottish-born architect John McArthur, Jr., in the Second Empire style, and was constructed from 1871 until 1901 at a cost of $24 million. | This ended the informal gentleman's agreement that limited the height of tall buildings in the city; it is currently the 16th-tallest building in Pennsylvania.
70: John Wanamaker | John (July 11, 1838 – December 12, 1922) was a United States merchant, religious leader, civic and political figure.
71: Popularized the Fixed Price System | He invented the money back guarantee | He gave his employees free medical care, education, recreational facilities, pensions and profit-sharing plans before such benefits were considered standard. | Considered by some to be the father of modern advertising and a "pioneer in marketing.
72: The Masonic Temple was designed by James H. Windrim, a noted architect and member of Lodge No. 72. | John Christian Bullitt (1824–1902) was a prominent lawyer and civic figure in the city of Philadelphia. He founded the law firm known today as Drinker Biddle & Reath.
73: The Temple has seven Lodge Halls; the finest examples of Corinthian, Iconic, Italian Renaissance, Norman, Gothic, Oriental and Egyptian styles.
75: created by artist Roger White. | Game Art Park in Municipal Services Plaza, Philadelphia includes giant board game pieces like dominoes, bingo, chess, parcheesi, checker and monopoly.
76: Love Park
77: built in the 1960s at the eastern end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and across from City Hall | LOVE Park is famous as a mixed-use urban space and world capital of skateboarding
78: The colorful tradition of displaying flags of many countries on Parkway museum district began in 1976 as a part of the bicentennial celebration. Every year since then, the installation of about 90 international flags on Memorial Day weekend has heralded the beginning of summer. | Trinidad & Tobago!
79: Parkway Museum District
80: The largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. In 1979, the Cathedral was visited by Pope John Paul II, where he went on to celebrate Mass. | Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
82: Largely decorated by Constantino Brumidi, who also painted the dome of the Capitol in Washington. | The Cathedral is the largest brownstone structure and one of the most architecturally eminent structures in the city of Philadelphia. Erected in 1864, the cathedral, presented in a Roman-Corinthian style of architecture, is modeled after the Lombard Church of St. Charles in Rome.
83: Rajiv recojiendo el diezmo
84: The official oral history of Betsy Ross: In 1777, three men-George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross, visited Betsy Ross and gave her the sketch of a flag with thirteen red and white stripes and thirteen six pointed stars. When asked to sew the flag she responded: "I do not know, but I will try." Betsy suggested changing the stars to five points rather than six. They all agreed to change the design to have stars with five points. | Betsy Ross' House
85: On June 14, 1777, Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as our official national flag. Betsy continued to make flags for the rest of her career. She is known unofficially as the women that made the first American Flag
86: Benjamin Franklin's Tomb
87: Franklin said "A penny saved is a penny earned" yet people throw about $6,000 worth of pennies each year on his tomb, which is in turn donated to the poor. | The grave of Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah lay beside the grave of their daughter and her husband at Christ Church Cemetery, Philadelphia.
88: Walking down Arch st. | Towards China Town!
91: As one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to over 227,000 objects, spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the collection of arms and armor is the second largest in the United States. | Philadelphia Museum of Art
92: The American collections are among the finest in the country, as are the expanding collections of modern and contemporary art.
93: In addition, the Museum houses encyclopedic holdings of costume and textiles as well as prints, drawings, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation.
112: Claude Monet
114: Betty Brown Cupcakes
117: Last meal before we go home, R2L Restaurant in Two Liberty Place on the 37th Floor | R2L's design reflects the Art Deco look of its building's exterior and pays tribute to the mood and essence of that time. With an eye to the future, Chef Daniel Stern takes traditional American flavors and brings them up-to-date with a modern twist - resulting in his unique interpretation of Creative American Cuisine.
118: Delicious!!! | $81 Appetizer!!!
121: We loved Philadelphia! We will see you soon!!! Xoxo