Day Ninety Two

Helloooooo, Philadelphia!

I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Philly. I’ve been here a handful of times, but I didn’t do much exploring at all. I can tell you where the convention center is, how to create a delicious sandwich at WaWa and any true-to-life tidbits I’ve picked up from watching Always Sunny. That pretty much sums up my knowledge of the city. Of course, that’s how it’s going to be for the remainder of my trip. Aside from Charlotte and Chicago, I’ve never visited any of my other locations. It’s exciting (and a little nerve-racking) to say the least.

To say my time in NYC ended on a high note would be an understatement. On Wednesday, I realized I hadn’t had an actual “sit down” dinner during my entire visit. So, I decided to make up for lost time and had a delicious meal at Chef Marc Murphy’s Landmarc in TriBeCa. It’s a bit pricey, but I’d easily recommend it to anyone. Thursday, the We Are Social team had the chance to do a Q&A with the agency’s Co-founder and Global Managing Director, Robin Grant. While it was a mostly light-hearted affair, he did offer up some great advice and told us what it was like to start an agency from scratch. He was rather eloquent and charming—two qualities that carry through to everyone on the New York team.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Friday, I wrapped up my projects and bid the team farewell, after a boozy bash of epic proportions. It was a bittersweet moment, as it’s been every time I depart an agency. Honestly, I can’t believe how great the people—and the work—have been at each of these agencies. It’s incredible. Over the weekend, I journeyed to Philly and got settled in, before heading back up to NYC for one last night. With another winter storm looming, I tested the odds in order to see one of my favorite comedians, Hannibal Burress, perform one last time. Luckily, the storm petered out quite a bit and I made it back this morning without a hitch. Oh, except for when the train lost power—that wasn’t much fun.

Since arriving in Philly, I’ve spent most of my time planning out the month and settling in. This is my first time in an AirBnB apartment and so far, I love it. I’ll take a private room over a hostel any day. It’s a lot cheaper too! I did manage to take a tour of the Reading Terminal Market though. It’s absolutely wonderful and reminds me a lot of the West Side Market in Cleveland, only bigger. All in all, I’d say Philly is off to a great start.

-Steve-