Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Outdoor movie- headed out of town

I am headed out of town this weekend and I am going to miss this. I will be in Chicago for a short two night trip. The movie sounds like fun. I am going to head out of town for the first time in over a year.

Considering that has been over a year since I have been out of town , I am badly in need of some new scenery. I am headed out of town again in September to Philly, NYC, Albany/Saugerties and maybe Boston and DC. I have a month and a half to get ready for the trip. I will be spending about two or so days in each locale, hooking up w/ friends hopefully in each city.

The only thing that is on my must do on this trip is a pilgrimage to the Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. It is the oldest continuously operated boxing arena in the US. It is amazing. I would love to do a project like this. I want to check it out myself.

I am still determining how to get from each city, whether by train, bus or car. If anyone has any suggestions on must do/must see activities, please post a comment or send me an email. I like to visit:

Neighborhood/out of the way taverns/pubs/lounges
Neighborhood Churches and City Cathedrals
Produce markets
Flea markets
Historic sites
Tea Rooms
Walking tours
Barber shops
Nieghborhood sporting events
Specialty antique stores-paper, maps, pictures
Architecturally interesting buildings/interiors
Museums and specialty museums
Small mom and pop restaurants
Breweries, brewpubs and distilleries
Interesting fraternal halls
Boxing gyms
Ethnic neighborhoods

I may hit a baseball game in these towns as well, but I am going to be on a tight schedule. So please, if you have any suggestions I am all ears!


Anonymous Annie Denny-Lehrer said...

OH! I am so jealous! I lived in Philly back in 2004. It's the last stop I had before moving home. There is a great little Lebanese church there. Claims to the the first in the eastern seaboard.:
St. Maron Maronite Church
1010 Ellsworth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

See Msgr Sharbel and tell him you are from St.Louis and you are a fan of St. Raymond's. You might get a personal tour. It's super small and old. You'll love it. Tucked right in along a row of houses on the south side of philly by Pats famous cheese steaks. You should get one of those too....and anywhere in the italian neighborhood you will find great little markets. Get a water ice...that's what they call snocones there. they are good. It's a really narros street, packed with specialty stores and vendors. In the winter, they have barrels burning outside the stores to keep warm. There is also the Mutter Museum...full of medical oddities..and the Rodin (french sculptor) is by the Philly MOA (aka the rocky steps)..all in Center City. Philly is a big bike town so if you can...take a ride around the Schuylkill
. Great paths!! You can even ride your bike from Center city to Valley Forge...super easy ride but about 60 miles round trip. I could go on and on...contact me for more info on Philly.

Take the train! You can get to all those cities via the train!!!

Can you tell I miss the east coast?

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tea rooms dude?

7:49 AM  
Blogger Lolololori said...

Philly is a wonderful city...It's been a while since school, but try these...

*green line cafe on Baltimore & 43rd
*natalie's lounge - 40th market underground jazz
* Ortleibs Jazz in Northern Liberties
*UPenn's Mask and Wig clubhouse at 310 south quince - best fraternal hall ever, don't miss it...call and ask for a tour
*UPenn: Irvine auditorium (great interior), logan hall, locust walk, creepy Zeta Psi house by starbucks, koch's deli in west philly
* Last Drop Coffee on pine (near mask&wig)
*abbysynia ethiopian in west philly -- 46th & baltimore..there's some ethiopian place where they play bluegrass on the 2nd floor by night...this might be it
* italian market in South Philly -- and the butcher cafe nearby
*mcgillians old ale house b/c its the oldest bar in Philly
*stephen starr restaurants - El Vey, the Continental, etc...
* moriartys on walnut - chicken wings
*redding terminal market

South/Southwest philly, west philly and the northern liberties are the best neighborhoods to ask around for tips.

drink yuengling, take a bus tour, & just walk around... if you make the top five, you're set.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Will Lamb said...

In New York, you've got to check out Jimmy's Corner, a shrine to boxing and an unusually awesome bar for its location (off Times Square):

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Philly, try The Happy Rooster on 16th at Sansom. Five booths. Haven't been since the "new" owner took over.


12:47 PM  

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