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Shh! We all know there’s no talking allowed in the library, but when you stay at The Library Hotel in New York City, you’ll find there’s plenty worth shouting about. Inspired by its close proximity to the New York Public Library, this 60-room, boutique hotel, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, pays tribute to the Dewey Decimal System through its library-inspired design concept.
Each of the 10 guestroom floors encompasses one of the 10 the renowned library system classifications. Likewise, each guestroom is adorned with a granite-topped bookshelf stocked with books from its floor’s respective category (for example: The Arts, Literature, Philosophy, Language).
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. But with due respect to the Beatles, that’s all about to change. A preview of spring fun will start for visitors to Philadelphia on March 1, with the reopening of Franklin Square.
Never heard of Franklin Square? Well, that’s no surprise really. It doesn’t usually make the list of “must-do” Philly sites, like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. But that’s good news for those in the know.
Jon Freeman knew he needed a change from working at his neuroscience research unit but he wasn't sure what else he wanted to do now that he was "all grown up." His "aha" moment came in the form of a desire to re-create a favorite local spot, now gone, where multiple generations of people would spend hours upon hours socializing. With no knowledge of the restaurant industry, Freeman tried to come up with other options. Perhaps that’s when his inner child reminded him how much he enjoyed playing games.
A movie sites tour in Philly? Well, duh. My hometown has provided the backdrop to several of the most beloved films through the years. Let me convince you, the same way I did my children.
It all started as we watched the Oscar. I pointed out a clip from Silver Linings Playbook to my children. “See that movie?” I said, still pointing to our TV screen. “It was filmed in Philadelphia.”
The kids looked a bit skeptical. “Mom, most movies are made in California. Or New York,” my daughter said, kindly. (There are consequences to correcting your elders, of course.)
“Or Bollywood,” added her older brother, a bit mockingly. (Some kids like to push to push the envelope.)
But I ignored their gentle correction. “No, seriously. There are a lot of famous movies that came out of Philadelphia. Like Rocky.”
“Well, yeah, Rocky,” they acknowledged my hometown’s iconic hero. “But nothing much else.”
A visit to Pittsburgh isn’t complete without a stop in the Strip District. (Don’t worry it’s all “G”-rated!) Home to the city’s historic marketplace, “The Strip” sits on a strip of land between 11th and 33rd Street in downtown Pittsburgh. A bustling environment filled with a heterogeneous crowd seven days a week, it is a true hotbed of activity on the weekends. Packed with people, specialty and ethnic shops and sidewalk merchants, The Strip offers wonderful sight seeing, food tasting (from restaurants to sidewalk grills) and window shopping opportunities. From produce to pierogies, and salmon to Steelers’ gear, you’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed as you stroll through the market.