Old City is a neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 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 its encompassing Independence National Historical Park, Elfreth's Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and many of Philadelphia's other historic sites.
The Old City District occupies several blocks between Front and Sixth Streets, bounded by Vine Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south.The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens' Manual gives a larger set of boundaries to the Old City area, defined as the area within Spring Garden Street, 4th Street, the Delaware River, and Walnut Street. The Old City Redevelopment Area is bound by Vine Street, the Delaware River, Lombard Street and 7th Street.
It is one of the city's popular nightlife destinations, with many 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 many locally owned businesses such as galleries and boutiques. Landmark Theatres operates three Ritz movie theaters in the area, specializing in art films. During the popular monthly First Friday event, shops hold evening-hours open houses featuring art, design, and fashion.
Old City children are assigned to schools in the School District of Philadelphia. Residents are zoned to the General George A. McCall School for grades Kindergarten through 8. and Furness High School for high school.
The Mastery Charter Schools system operates the Mastery Charter Lenfest Campus (7-12) in Old City. It moved from North Philadelphia to Old City in 2002.
The Free Library of Philadelphia operates the Independence Branch at 18 South 7th Street.Read More ▾
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