city dwellers: philadelphia’s center city

We may have grown up outside of Philadelphia, but that doesn’t make us experts on the City of Brotherly Love. When we kicked off our weeklong tour of the patriotic east coast, we knew we wanted to spend some time re-exploring Philly, especially now that the wino will soon be calling it home. Like any city, Philadelphia is chock-full of fun neighborhoods, each with it’s own distinct vibe. Because we only had two short days, we chose to stick to Center City — mostly for convenience, but also because it’s loaded with hotspots (new and old) that we wanted to test out. Though we spent a good amount of out time in Center City drinking…

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city dwellers: new york’s lower east side

It wasn’t too long into our New York lives before we admitted to ourselves that when it comes to street cred, we have none. While most of our peers longed to live downtown or across the bridge in Williamsburg, we were almost immediately content on the quieter Upper East Side. Sure, we had to deal with the occasional pity nod when we revealed our cross streets, but honestly? Rent was just cheaper in our ‘hood of choice, and sometimes a sacrifice must be made. Unfortunately, as our cool points diminished drastically over time, so, too, did our ability to blend in with the hipster kids. This is why, when we stepped out of our cab onto Allen St. during #LTnyc,…

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city dwellers: new york’s midtown

Though most New Yorkers (and even some savvy travelers) tend to steer clear of our next City Dweller’s ‘hood, we’re letting it have the spotlight anyway. Here’s why: it’s convenient, it’s iconic, and there are plenty — and we mean plenty — of lesser-known gems. Most importantly, though… we want to (and we tend to do what we want). If that’s not introduction enough, then we don’t know what is. Midtown Midtown is freaking huge. Stretching from the Hudson River to the East River and running from the mid-thirties all the way to the southern border of Central Park, Midtown is home to some of New York’s must-see landmarks and busiest commercial hubs. MAJOR PRO: Because it’s…

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city dwellers: new york’s upper east side

We’ve already taken you on a tour of Gramercy and Murray Hill, but in this installment of City Dwellers, I’m sticking a little closer to home. Both of my New York City apartments have been on the Upper East Side (and three of the romantic and the hubs’ apartments as well), so we’ve gotten to know this neighborhood pretty well over the past couple of years. You’ve probably heard me talk about every single place on this list at least once before, because let’s face it, when I have to choose between heading downtown or sticking within walking distance of my apartment, I’ll always choose the later. Upper East Side The Upper East Side (or the UES…

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city dwellers: new york’s gramercy

Though a spacious loft in Soho or the West Village will always top our dream list of places to live in Manhattan, an apartment in New York’s Gramercy that comes complete with a key to the private Gramercy Park is a close second. It’s hard not to peer through the fence as you walk by, picturing a different life. One where you leave your front door every morning, key in hand (which, we’ve never seen, but we picture to be very ornate and made of heavy antique brass), and settle down on a bench in front of the fountain, reading The New York Times. In fact, our dreams of accessing the garden are so real…

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