Old City

Old City Philadelphia

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Old City

Old City is a historic neighborhood in Center City, in the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. To tourists, it is best known as the site of Independence Hall and the home of Independence National Historical Park, Elfreth's Alley, Carpenters' Hall, the Betsy Ross House, and many other historic sites.

The Old City Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and is home to the oldest continually inhabited street in America, Elfreth's Alley. The street has been home to more than 3,000 people since 1702!

Current Attractions

Old City is one of the city's popular nightlife destinations, with lounges, dive bars, and quality restaurants, mostly along the three blocks from 3rd and Market streets to Front and Chestnut streets. The 3rd Street Corridor, between Market Street and Vine Street, is home to galleries, boutiques, and other locally owned businesses. Landmark Theatres operates three Ritz movie theaters in the area that specialize in art films. During the popular monthly First Friday event, shops hold evening-hours open houses featuring art, design, and fashion.

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