Who:   Mayor Michael A. Nutter

Meryl Levitz, President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation

Neighborhood representatives


What: Mayor Nutter and Meryl Levitz will visit three Philadelphia neighborhoods—Powelton Village, East Passyunk and Bella Vista—to celebrate the recent launch of GPTMC’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods campaign and commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week, May 4-12, 2013.


Philadelphia Neighborhoods spotlights 14 visitor-ready areas surrounding Center City. The campaign encourages locals and visitors to explore the neighborhoods’ storied streets, buzzed-about restaurants, emerging art galleries, independent shops, intimate music venues, plentiful parks and annual festivals. Components include a highly visual and compelling neighborhood section on and timely what-to-do content on, GPTMC’s visitor blog. This continues GPTMC’s ongoing effort to uncover the creative energy happening all over the city.


When: Monday, May 6th                    3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Note to Editors/Planners: Media is welcome to ride on the trolley or meet at neighborhood locations. RSVP required for trolley; first come first served.  PLEASE DO NOT DISCLOSE LOCATIONS IN ADVANCE.


RSVP to: Cara Schneider, GPTMC at (215) 599 0789, c: (215) 206-2034,


Where: Key stops in three Philadelphia neighborhoods:


3:00 p.m.         Board trolley on northeast corner of City Hall

3:30 p.m.        Seeds Gallery, 5011 Baltimore Avenue

Neighborhood: Cedar Park in West Philadelphia

Contact: Saba Tedla, Gallery Owner


Visual: Mayor will make remarks inside the gallery filled with modern art created by local artists. The gallery represents emerging and established artists in all media and styles. 

4:00 p.m.         Depart for East Passyunk


4:20 p.m.         Singing Fountain, Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street, followed by a neighborhood stroll

Neighborhood: East Passyunk in South Philadelphia


On-site Contact: Renee Gilinger, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District


Visual: Mayor will start at the famed Singing Fountain, then walk south on East Passyunk Avenue.


4:50 p.m.         Leave for South Street


5:00 p.m.         Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street

Neighborhood: Bella Vista in South Philadelphia


On-site Contacts: Marci Prester, Brauhaus Schmitz; Mike Harris, South Street Headhouse District


Visual: Mayor and group will toast the vibrancy of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and enjoy some small bites.


Details:  “Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality and attractions from museums and music to restaurants and historical venues, not to mention great shopping,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Our goal is to encourage visitors and residents alike to look at what all of Philadelphia has to offer, beginning with these
fourteen vibrant neighborhoods surrounding Center City.”


The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.


For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit or, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.


Note to Editors: For high-resolution photos of Greater Philadelphia, visit the photo gallery of

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