There’s nothing quite like Isaiah Zagar’s (award-winning mosaic mural artist) mosaic playground… last night I popped over to the Magic Gardens for Garden Sips - a great night out to support PMA’s annual Street Festival ART/GAGE: Celebrate Philly Creativity

As the sun started going down, and the Garden lit up, I took the opportunity to take some great shots. Enjoy… And if you’re in Philly, make sure you stop by and experience the Gardens for yourself. Maybe even treat yourself to a  Mosaic Mural Workshop with Isaiah himself.

Philadelphia Magic Gardens / 1020 South Street / Philadelphia, PA


Fifty Things I Love About Philadelphia

I was feeling a little sad this morning, so I decided to make a list of something that would make me happy. Philadelphia makes me happy, so throughout the day I made a list of fifty things I love about Philadelphia, in no particular order. Here is my list:

  1. When I see Officer Johnson of the 22nd District of the Philadelphia Police Department patrolling the area around my work, and he greets me with handshake/hug followed by a “Wassup, baby boy?!” Officer Johnson is one of the nicest, most passionate people I’ve ever met. He truly loves this city and the job he does.
  2. Gazing at the Walnut Lane Bridge every morning on Lincoln Drive.
  3. Watching little kids wave to the gorillas at the Philadelphia Zoo
  4. Being in a city small enough that I can see people I know when I’m out and about
  5. The friendly razzing, as well as the free samples, that I receive from the guy who makes the sandwiches at Koch’s Deli on 43rd and Locust
  6. The vintage signs along South Broad Street
  7. All of the breathtaking murals throughout the city
  8. The sight of a full moon in Fairmount Park
  9. The man who plays the flute in the commons area of City Hall
  10. When people hold the door for me at the Wawa. This only seems to happen consistently at Wawa. It’s truly wonderful.
  11. Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale and India Pale Ale
  12. Saying hello to the Soap Lady at the Mutter Museum
  13. The old guys who hang out and tell jokes at Gooey Louie’s 
  14. The dancing crossing guard at 28th and Oxford.
  15. The graffiti wall at 5th and Cecil B. Moore
  16. The sweaty Austrian guy at Paesano’s on Girard Avenue who gives me free roasted potatoes if I bring him some beer
  17. Seeing the sunrise over the Sunoco refinery on my way to Philadelphia International Airport
  18. Rocking out to the Channel 6 Action News Theme
  19. The people-watching on SEPTA
  20. Tourists asking me where to get a good cheesesteak, and making sure they don’t go to Pat’s/Geno’s/Jim’s 
  21. Requesting a lager at any bar, and automatically getting a Yuengling 
  22. The Christmas Show at Wanamaker’s/Macy’s 
  23. The site of 44,000 rally towels during a Phillies playoff game
  24. The word “jawn”
  25. Philadelphians will be honest. For better or worse, they’ll be honest.
  26. The view of Boathouse Row from I-76
  27. The drumline that plays along Ridge Avenue near Strawberry Mansion High School once in a while
  28. Preston and Steve
  29. WXPN and World Cafe Live
  30. The art around the city done by Get Up
  31. Going for a run/bike ride along the Forbidden Trail of Fairmount Park
  32. It’s the home of Meek Mill
  33. The tightly compacted streets of South Philadelphia
  34. My dreams of rollerblading through Franklin Mills
  35. Maple bacon donuts and chili garlic chicken from Federal Donuts
  36. Seeing the illuminated skyline while driving over the Ben Franklin Bridge from Jersey
  37. Making snowmen in Rittenhouse Square
  38. The random trash bags on Jefferson Street that have Bible verses on them
  39. The Divine Lorraine
  40. The Beury Building (AKA the building with Boner Forever) written on it
  41. A large roast pork with spinach and sharp provolone from John’s Roast Pork
  42. Watching the string bands in the Mummers Parade
  43. Slurping a cherry/chocolate water ice from John’s on 7th and Christian on a hot summer day
  44. The Magic Garden
  45. The pride I take in working for the School District of Philadelphia
  46. The Monday Night buffet at Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse
  47. Eating a plate of Macho Nachos from El Vez, followed by a gelato from Capogiro
  48. Saturday afternoon walks through the Italian Market/Reading Terminal Market
  49. When Flyers fans booed Sarah Palin in 2008
  50. Being able to make this list knowing there are lots more items I left out, and more great things I can add in the future.


Now I feel better. Is there anything that you would personally add to this list?