We spend a lot of time telling you to get out and explore the city. There’s plenty to see out there — Chinatown, Northern Liberties, Rittenhouse Square, South Street. But when you’re looking for something different on the weekend, or when it’s time to relax after class, your best bet is right next door.
Lancaster Avenue is the gateway to Powelton Village, Drexel’s next-door-neighborhood. It's also home to dozens of shops, restaurants, and green spaces. Walk down Lancaster and take in West Philadelphia's trademark Victorian architecture (don't miss the wrought-iron fences, a favorite of ours). The flowers, murals, and brightly-painted houses are a great way to get some color in your life if Center City's tall buildings are starting to get you down.
When you're done exploring, stick around. Get a cup of something hot (or better yet, an iced coffee) at the beloved Green Line Cafe — although you might have trouble deciding whether to sit inside and chat with the friendly staff, or move outside and do some people-watching. When you get hungry, visit Mad Greek's Pizza or Ed's, both Drexel favorites. For more formal occasions there's brick oven pizza as well as highly-rated Mexican and Thai restaurants. If you're feeling especially generous, invite your parents — Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast (and all the Victorian charm you can handle) is just a block away.
Try something new. Stop into Redcap's Corner, one of Philadelphia's only gaming shops, and play a game with Benn and Adam (or pick something up to take back to the lounge — they accept Dragon Dollars). If you'd rather stretch your legs instead of your brain, walk down the street to the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia (we're not kidding). Or check out an art gallery. The remarkable thing about Lancaster Ave. isn't the variety of things to do, it's how natural it all feels. It's a great place to live, work, and play, with a vibe that's both hip and authentic.
Drexel students along the Avenue.
Enjoying some shade on the way to the Green Line Cafe.
Here are a couple of the neighborhood's more colorful characters.
Adam Friedman and Benn Roe of Redcap's Corner.
A yard bursting with color, an emphasis on community and the arts, an iron fence — this is the quintessential Lancaster Ave.
May 31, 2012