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There’s a lot to love about Philly.

The food scene is award-winning. The sports fans are fiercely loyal. There’s no shortage of good concert options and cultural festivals to attend. And name another city where people watch out for each other as good or better than Philadelphians? You can’t. Because this really is still the “City of Brotherly Love.” City Cast Philly is here for it all — the good and the bad. Every day on this show, you’ll hear from the team, highlighting what’s makes this gritty, beautiful, complex city we call home just a little bit better . 

photo of host Trenae Nuri with headphones on
Trenae Nuri
Podcast Host
@trenaenuri

A Philly hidden gem:
Paine’s Park for skateboarding, roller skating and roller blading

Someone from Philly you should know about:
P. Michael Boone, also known as Mr. P, he teaches children how to become barbers

Best book or movie or TV show about Philly:
Concrete Cowboy

Xandra McMahon
Lead Producer
@xanmcmahon

Where I’d take you to eat in Philly:
SOMO in Manayunk for brunch and because it’s brunch you know we gotta do the pitcher of mimosas. For food, you can’t go wrong with the nutella crepes!

The tourist trap in town that’s actually great:
Philadelphia City Hall is probably the most stunning and beautiful government building in the country. 

Best book or movie or TV show about Philly:
The documentary series, “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” is so fascinating and in-depth. And it’s all free to watch on YouTube!

Abby Fritz
Audio Producer
@a_cfritz

A Philly hidden gem:
Black and Nobel is a small shop on South St. that I walked past many times before noticing. But now whenever I need some good soap and even better conversation I head in to chat with the owner and his son.

Someone from Philly you should know about:
Jamal Johnson is someone everyone should know! A Philly-raised anti-gun violence activist, he has been integral in Philly’s push to address the tragedies of gun violence and demand action.

The tourist trap in town that’s actually great:
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. The mosaic garden along with the attached art gallery that has been in progress since 1991. The layers of the expansive mosaic tunnels leave me seeing something new every time I go.

Brittany Valentine
Newsletter Editor
@recoveryspirit

Someone from Philly you should know about:
Everyone should know about Terrill Haigler, aka @yafavtrashman. Shortly after being hired as a sanitation worker, the pandemic hit, and he became an essential worker. He created an IG page to show residents what this work looks like.

The tourist trap in town that’s actually great:
Spruce Street Harbor Park

Best book or movie or TV show about Philly:
Abbott Elementary, & My Broken Language: A Memoir by Quiara Alegría Hudes