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Old 03-03-09, 01:05 AM   #1
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New York and Philly riders

Me and a few friends are planning to head to Philly and New York next week and I was wondering if you guys could recommend any local spots to check out (interesting spots, good places to eat, stuff like that). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-03-09, 02:06 AM   #2
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There are some thrift stores on South Street (Philly) where you can get vintage bike frames and parts for pennies.

Also if you're fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you can check out Paddy's Pub.
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Old 03-03-09, 03:10 AM   #3
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what kind of food do you like? "Interesting food" for me might not match your interests. tell me more and I will give you more info.

I will give you few pointers in south street/south philly vicinity since that was mentioned.

South street is likely to be worth your visit. thrift stores, sex-stores, bars/pubs, restaurants etc. Go upto ~10th street and see the "magic garden" http://www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

Right off south street, I think near 5th, I like Alyan's for Middle Eastern food. It is a small little joint.

Again,right off south street, on 9th street, Via Bicycle is an excellent place for buying vintage bicycles and parts. Just chatting with the owner is worth going there.http://www.bikeville.com/

If you want to be touristy, go get a cheese-steak from Geno's or Pat's. they are not the best but they are the most touristy ones.

while in the vicinity, go to the Italian market (9th street, further south), specially if you are around before noon on a week-end. Then go up on Washington Avenue and check out the various asian mega-markets, vietnamese pho places (Pho-Ha and Pho-75 are the best).

If you want the touristic spots, go see the liberty bell and the vicinity. definitely check out the philly art museum and ride up on ben franklin parkway. if you are up for a ride, if the weather is nice (it had a lot of snow yesterday), ride up kelly drive or west river drive. I like west river drive better. then go up the hill to the region where they had the exposition , interesting semi-deserted buildings (one big one just turned into a please-touch museum).


I lived in Philly 15 years before moving to Spain a month ago. I am getting home-sick writing these.
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Old 03-03-09, 03:45 AM   #4
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If your up in the area of kelly drive or the ben franklin parkway visiting the museums give Eastern State Penitentiary a visit for a tour. Really cool place.
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South Street is a waste and a has-been, don't bother. There's a cool place for freestyling, if you're into that, at Front and Washington next to the hockey rinks. The Viet Nam Vet's memorial is fun too.
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If you want the touristic spots, go see the liberty bell and the vicinity. definitely check out the philly art museum and ride up on ben franklin parkway. if you are up for a ride, if the weather is nice (it had a lot of snow yesterday), ride up kelly drive or west river drive. I like west river drive better. then go up the hill to the region where they had the exposition , interesting semi-deserted buildings (one big one just turned into a please-touch museum).
You're going to get killed if you do that. 50-60mph cars plus fast blind corners == no.
There is a bike path going all along the river from about Walnut in to Ridge Ave in Manayunk. If you hop through Manayunk you can take another bike path all the way out from Valley Forge. From there you can continue riding through the "Main Line" hills until your legs die, then head home. The trail isn't very scenic but riding through the Main Line fields will make up for it.
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No, you won't get killed, you do not have ride in the street. The bike path you mention goes along Kelly-Drive after the art-museum. There is a bike path along the West river drive too. When you go up the hill to where the exposition is, there are very few cars and you can ride on Fairmont park grounds. You can visit the Japanese garden etc.

ESP is a good place to visit indeed.
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South Street is a waste and a has-been, don't bother.
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. And the Via owner is a blowhard.

If you're into art, check out Space1026. If you're coming next week, the new show will be up. 1026 Arch St, right outside of Chinatown, so food's also taken care of.

If Chinese/Vietnamese isn't your ball, there's Dock Street at 50th and Baltimore, a top-notch brewery and food place- the food's a bit pricey, but the beer's worth it.

There's the Franklin Fountain at 1st and Market, thats both food and tourist, they're an antique-styled icecream parlor, cash only, but the ice cream is really good and the scoops are the size of baseballs.

There's Mama's Vegetarian between Market and Chestnut on 20th, also cash only, really good falafel. Or if you're at 20t hand Market before 3 on a weekday, there's a lunch cart that also serves falafel in a platter with grilled chicken (the owner is also a blowhard, but the food's worth it) for 10 bucks a pop.

There's Moe's Hotdog House at 2601 Washington Ave, nice people and good hot-dogs.

I've never been to Prohibition Taproom, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. They're at 13th and Spring Garden.

And honestly, if you ride around that much in Philly looking for food, you'll probably spot something worth doing without looking for tourist traps, haha.
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Not sure if it's your thing but next week is Philly's Beer Week. www.phillybeerweek.org. If it is you picked a great week to visit. Lots of tastings and events, biking between bars and breweries.

+1 for skipping South Street, but you will find yourself there at some point anyway, so be sure to get all the way to front street and see the water and memorials. Also, stop by Bicycle Revolutions.

+1 for Space 1026, the ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art at U Penn), and the Print Center for contemporary art.

Vegan eats : Kingdom of vegetarians on 11th and Cherry does an all you can eat vegan dim sum that will leave you breathless

Meat : treat yourselves to some tapas at Amada on Chestnut st btwn 2nd and 3rd

Have a blast, and thanks for visiting.
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search for threads like this...I know there are a few "i'm visiting ny" threads...or something or the other
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+1 for skipping South Street, but you will find yourself there at some point anyway, so be sure to get all the way to front street and see the water and memorials. Also, stop by Bicycle Revolutions.
I totally forgot about them, but yeah, chill people with lots of pretty parts.
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Penn's Landing has some weird obstacles and some slopes and stuff if you feel like looking at the river...be careful on the maps by the water though, my friend lost his skateboard to the Delaware last time I went.
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Old 03-03-09, 12:38 PM   #13
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Check out FDR skatepark. Its near the staduims and you could bike there.
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Check out FDR skatepark. Its near the staduims and you could bike there.
But please don't ride in it. Skateboards only.
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No one has mentioned the things in NYC.

Shops to check out: Continuum cycles on Avenue B between 12 and 13th. Probably also some cool stuff at Trackstar, King Kog, and Chair & Company. I haven't been into those in a while. Also, NYC Velo in Manhattan.

Places to eat: if you are veggie or vegan, look at supervegan.com or PM me if you want recommendations. if you aren't veggie or vegan, I can't help you.

Weather is supposed to be nicer this weekend. We've got a ton of snow right now and its bitter cold.
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Check out Firehouse Bikes on 50th and Baltimore Ave. My favorite shop in the city.
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Also if you're fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you can check out Paddy's Pub.
WHERE!? Im on South street...a lot! Ive been in many a thrift store and have yet to find one that didnt charge the same as or more than the chain stores!
as for the owner of Via Bikes being a blowhard, I guess some people would put it that way, Ive delt with "The Mustache Man" for many a year and can say this, if you dont like open, up front, no bull **** answers, well then dont visit, if you want to see and maybe buy some of the sweetest vintage bikes and bike parts in Philly, well then he's the man to see.
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I found Via good for classic/classy parts. I went in there last weekend and got a leather saddlebag for a new Brooks, for a good price. If I needed other old bike parts used, I'd go there. But Via's not so good for just "shopping around." Neither is Revolutions, but Bryan has a ton of high-end fixed gear parts.
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on Sunday in Brooklyn NYC there's a party to open up Times Up's new shop:

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=t...new-location-2

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South Street is a waste and a has-been, don't bother. There's a cool place for freestyling, if you're into that, at Front and Washington next to the hockey rinks. The Viet Nam Vet's memorial is fun too.


It gets like that every few decades. but it always makes a come back! (where do all the hippys meet!?....) I second the memorial, I know its great as its a place to remember those that gave their lives for our country, but its also cool as it (the wall) acts as a radar dish! If you stand on one end of the wall and have someone else stand on the other end with their ear next to the walls end you can speak into the wall and the person way over on the other end can hear you clear as day! and vice versa! My kids used to love that ****! but then they grew up I guess someday theyll show their kids
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It gets like that every few decades. but it always makes a come back! (where do all the hippys meet!?....) I second the memorial, I know its great as its a place to remember those that gave their lives for our country, but its also cool as it (the wall) acts as a radar dish! If you stand on one end of the wall and have someone else stand on the other end with their ear next to the walls end you can speak into the wall and the person way over on the other end can hear you clear as day! and vice versa! My kids used to love that ****! but then they grew up I guess someday theyll show their kids
There's not a whole lot better than walking from Franklin Fountain all the way down through Society Hill on a nice warm evening. Plenty to explore even if you've been there a billion times.
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Very embarrassed to say that Ive never been there but their site is the ****!

http://www.franklinfountain.com/
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you can most likely find a good route to ride on bikely.com

there is the loop(8+/- miles) from the art museum along kelly drive over the falls river bridge and then back on west river dr.
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on Sunday in Brooklyn NYC there's a party to open up Times Up's new shop:

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=t...new-location-2

Do "Times Up People" smile and drink beer with friendly strangers, or is it weird there?
Like militant bike advocate yoga instructor AA meeting vibe?
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Ahhh, Firehouse Bikes, I forgot about them. Yes they are good. Dock Street is right there, but I would not go there myself, it is somewhat a "force-fed" thing into west philly. In west philly, my favorite places are Ethiopian restaurants, Abyssnia at 44th Spruce, Dahlak etc. If you are adventurous, go to Malcolm X park by 52nd str and various African/African-American restaurants around that part. A-Space on Baltimore Avenue might have something interesting going on. Neighborhood bikeworks is a place to check out if you want to visit a bike-co-op.

I agree with ilikebikes about Via.
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