Philadelphia (NOT THE MOVIE!)

  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 08, 2013 6:17 PM GMT
    I put my profile in the Philadelphia area (even though I am in Minneapolis). So, I am curious about all aspects of life in Philly. Constructive comments ... where to live ... where to go out ... the gyms to go to ... the physical things to do ... libraries ... etc.

    Any constructive advice would be awesome!

    Thank you.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 08, 2013 6:33 PM GMT
    I wish that I could be of help but I haven't been to Philadelphia for almost 25 years and I am sure a lot has changed in that great city. When I last visited Philadelphia, I had a great time. It is a beautiful city with a lot to offer. As from what I have seen here on RJ, Philly is a city of gorgeous, hot men. Here are two guys on my buddy list who are from Philadelphia who could probably help you out, Jimac and Squeezemaster.
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    Jan 08, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
    I suppose you don't mean the cream cheese either? icon_lol.gif
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 08, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    Yeah, it seems like a good place. I'm intrigued.
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    Jan 08, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
    HOT DAMN!! SoDak is moving to Philly?

    All the closer to stalk him...um. er....I mean "congratulations!"
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    Jan 08, 2013 9:01 PM GMT
    I love Philly. I visit all the time. Not sure I'm in position to recommend where to live since I don't know anything about that. It's one thing to be a regular visitor to a city compared to living in a city.
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    Jan 08, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    "meh" is my summary of Philly. I've been a student there for 3 years now. it's certainly unique. there's absolutely no other place like Philly. but it really just makes me sad more than anything... lots of poverty and crime and very very few natural green areas. It's an ugly kind of concrete jungle, not like NYC which makes up for it with good design and artistic touches. Everything just seems designed for very practical, utilitarian purposes, and the only bright spots of creative thought come from the urban art (graffiti) scene, cool small little shops and restaurants, etc.

    Center city is fun. Lots of interesting bars and really only two gay clubs (Woody's and iCandy, although Woody's is by far more famous). You have to be a little careful at night anywhere in the city - Woody's will pat you down before letting you enter, for example, and last time I was there part of an overhead air conditioner crashed from the ceiling inches from my head and two lesbians got into a fist fight lol.

    so it's grungy and it has its own charm but it's not for everyone in my opinion. I would absolutely not elect to live there again.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jan 09, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    I can answer any of your specific questions if you write me an email. I lived there most of my life. It's a great city.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 09, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    What's the dating scene like? Is there a boxing gym to go to?
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    Jan 09, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    Last time I was in Philly, me and a gay friend had so much fun! We made a lot of new friends at Woody's that we definitely would have kept in touch with, if we lived there. It seemed like the dating and city life were quite vibrant. But we were there only for 2 days.
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    Jan 09, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    Ugh when I think of Philly I think of crossing the Ben Franklin to go get a Philly Cheese steak with my pops icon_redface.gif
  • Montague

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    Jan 09, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia!

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  • Paradigm_Shif...

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    Jan 09, 2013 4:24 AM GMT
    Philly is awesome. I lived there for 7 years and just moved to NYC in 2011.

    Woodys is the biggest and most popular club. Wednesday night is the biggest crowd but weekends get a good crowd too.

    Voyeur is the afterhours place. Bikestop is the leather bar.

    A smaller, lesser known place is the Westbuery on 13th and Spruce. Its the best place to go and have a bite to eat and meet friendly people. Everyone is so friendly there and the bar tenders are great.

    The cool thing about Philly is all of the gay bars are all right in the same area so its easy to bar hop and meet new folks.

    If you want to keep that body, don't eat any cheesesteaks! lol.

    Anyway, based on your pics. You will be popular...

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    Jan 09, 2013 5:51 AM GMT
    Not all of Philly is grungy.

    If you're looking to rent in/around Center City, look neighborhoods like Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, Old City, Northern Liberties, South Street/Queen Village, and Washington Square West (the Gayborhood, but I wouldn't recommend some of the high rises in that area). If you don't mind looking outside Center City, look at Manayunk, Chestnut Hill (where I live) and Mt. Airy. Manayunk is awesome, lots of bars and restaurants. There are also some cool parts of West Philly, but I don't know that area too well other than University City.

    The library and a bunch of museums are on the Ben Franklin Parkway. There are also some high rise apartment buildings there, and nearby is Kelly Drive, which is popular with joggers/bikers.

    Macy's is the only department store. Walnut Street from Broad Street to Rittenhouse Square is like our version of Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive. The King of Prussia Mall is like Disney World for shoppers and isn't far.



  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 09, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    LA Fitness does exist there, right? And is there an LA Boxing there too?
  • collboy9

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    Jan 12, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    Yeah. There's an LA Fitness at 15/Walnut (used to be Bally's). I think there's also a boxing gym on 11th and Catherine (or near there). All the gays go to 12th St Gym in the gayborhood though. You also have the Sporting Club at the Bellevue, PSC, and Sweat.

    I moved here 2 and a half years ago from NY, originally for school, but stayed when I got a job. Yes it's dirty, provincial, and not as refined as NY or DC, but I love it here and wouldn't want to live anywhere else right now.
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    Jan 28, 2013 10:50 AM GMT
    We moved here three years ago and I really like this city. Every year it seems to get a little better with more bike trails, parks, new construction and new residents. I lucked out and bought my home in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Now it is not perfect and sometimes the old Philly rears its ugly head so you need to be aware of your surroundings like any big city.

    As for fitness I am surprised how little gay fitness activities there are. Front runners is small and Tampa it was large and fun. There are a few gay leagues but I expected more options in a city this size. The good news is being gay here is usually the least exiting thing about you and straight/gay places blend well. So you can join a crossfit club, take TRX classes, there is a rowing gym all in the city and meet a cross section of people at the same time.

    Sorry for the rant but you can see I am really enjoying my time here.
  • leaozinho

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    Jan 28, 2013 11:08 AM GMT
    I live in Brooklyn, but I enjoy visiting Philadelphia.
    It's charms are more subtle than other east coast cities.
    It has a huge wealth of history, historic buildings and art museums if you are into that. Fairmount park is great for running, biking, rowing. When I visit i stay in center city and walk around everywhere. if you are in center city everything is near to walk. there are many highly rated restaurants. there are also many small shops and eateries. real estate is also very low priced compared to DC and NYC. It may be grungier than other cities, but i like that because now that NYC is so safe we have so many out of towners and "sex and the city" wannabes, it is crazy. the sidewalks are overrun with people who cant move out of the way.

  • SoDakGuy

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    Mar 05, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    So ... I am coming to Philly for a visit April 19 thru April 22. I'm checking to see if it's the right fit for me or not.

    I AM EXCITED!!
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    Mar 05, 2013 9:31 PM GMT
    homastj said"meh" is my summary of Philly. I've been a student there for 3 years now. it's certainly unique. there's absolutely no other place like Philly. but it really just makes me sad more than anything... lots of poverty and crime and very very few natural green areas. It's an ugly kind of concrete jungle, not like NYC which makes up for it with good design and artistic touches. Everything just seems designed for very practical, utilitarian purposes, and the only bright spots of creative thought come from the urban art (graffiti) scene, cool small little shops and restaurants, etc.

    Center city is fun. Lots of interesting bars and really only two gay clubs (Woody's and iCandy, although Woody's is by far more famous). You have to be a little careful at night anywhere in the city - Woody's will pat you down before letting you enter, for example, and last time I was there part of an overhead air conditioner crashed from the ceiling inches from my head and two lesbians got into a fist fight lol.

    so it's grungy and it has its own charm but it's not for everyone in my opinion. I would absolutely not elect to live there again.



    I technically live outside of philly, but from my experience, i agree with homastj up there. It's got more of the drawbacks you get with large cities and less of the benefits.

    If you have a choice right now, go for another city.
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    Mar 05, 2013 9:36 PM GMT
    .... Not the cream cheese either?.... icon_cry.gificon_sad.gif


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  • monet

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    Mar 05, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    Running along Kelly Drive past Boathouse Row on a nice day:

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  • SoDakGuy

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    Mar 05, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
    Oh, that's nice. icon_smile.gif
  • monet

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    Mar 05, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    homastj said"meh" is my summary of Philly. I've been a student there for 3 years now. it's certainly unique. there's absolutely no other place like Philly. but it really just makes me sad more than anything... lots of poverty and crime and very very few natural green areas. It's an ugly kind of concrete jungle, not like NYC which makes up for it with good design and artistic touches. Everything just seems designed for very practical, utilitarian purposes, and the only bright spots of creative thought come from the urban art (graffiti) scene, cool small little shops and restaurants, etc.


    I have to completely disagree with you. The main part of Fairmount Park encompasses 4,100 gorgeous acres right in the middle of the city with an additional 5,100 acres elsewhere in the city. Fairmount Park is beautiful any time of year but go there next month when the azaleas start to bloom and go for a run or a bike ride and you'll be blown away.

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    Downtown Philadelphia with the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park in the foreground. The large building in the park is the Philadelphia Art Museum (with the "Rocky" steps on the other side of the building.)
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    Mar 05, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    monet said
    homastj said"meh" is my summary of Philly. I've been a student there for 3 years now. it's certainly unique. there's absolutely no other place like Philly. but it really just makes me sad more than anything... lots of poverty and crime and very very few natural green areas. It's an ugly kind of concrete jungle, not like NYC which makes up for it with good design and artistic touches. Everything just seems designed for very practical, utilitarian purposes, and the only bright spots of creative thought come from the urban art (graffiti) scene, cool small little shops and restaurants, etc.


    I have to completely disagree with you. The main part of Fairmount Park encompasses 4,100 gorgeous acres right in the middle of the city with an additional 5,100 acres elsewhere in the city. Fairmount Park is beautiful any time of year but go there next month when the azaleas start to bloom and go for a run or a bike ride and you'll be blown away.

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    Downtown Philadelphia with the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park in the foreground,


    Ok. One park. Come visit Portland, where I am from originally, and Philly will pale in comparison. It just is not a beautiful city by any stretch of the imagination unless you have not seen what other cities in the US look like...