The Fraternal Twin

8 10 2008

I could’ve posted all of the Philadelphia pictures into one entry, but I don’t think that would do justice to the unique character of city.  Everything in the previous post was taken in downtown Philly.  The following are pictures taken from West and North Philly.  The vibe is completely different in these areas, compared with downtown.  They’re not at all identical, but they’re def still twins…fraternal twins!

How Meterful

How Meterful

8/4/07

In West Philly, there is an outdoor marketplace that’s over 5 blocks long.  Here you can find all sorts of stuff, clothes, sunglasses, shoes, watches, etc.  There’s a huge Muslim population in the area and you can find many Islamic merchandise stores, masjids and halal restaurants all around this region.  As we parked and eagerly stepped out into West Philly for the first time Tayeeb took a second to fill the meter before we went exploring…

Rebel Movement

Rebel Movement

Dahman was standing in front of a window in the hotel room, taking in the view, as we were getting ready to head out for the day.  Here, he’s pictured with a shirt he designed, as part of his Rebel Movement collection.

Reflecting Glass

Reflecting Glass

The AICP mosque in West Philly was originally a church that was turned into a masjid.  The windows of the building all have this very decorative design that makes it stand out against all other buildings in the area.

Longing...

Longing...

A vase full of flowers on a window ledge…looking out into the real world?  Maybe wishing they could get some fresh air…?  Who knows…

Holy Socks

Holy Socks

Not the most flattering picture, I know.  But Tayeeb’s socks just seemed to fit right in with the holy atmosphere inside of the AICP mosque…

Inside Out

Inside Out

I’m sure you can guess where we are in this one.  The 52nd St. Masjid is a small prayer room on the second floor of a building that directly overlooks the outdoor market in West Philly.

Hey Lo Ish

Hey Lo Ish

Really gettin that glow after praying, no?  Tayeeb continues to take in the sights at the 52nd St. Masjid.

Scrumptious

Scrumptious

I know it’s a fatboy thing to do, to post pictures of food, but this chicken was sooooo good!!!  “Saad’s Halal Place” is a well-known middle eastern restaurant in West Philly, right across the street from AICP.  His rotisserie chicken is amazing, not to mention many other items on the menu.  I think he only has this chicken on the weekend’s though…a must visit for those who like to…eat.  You know who you are.

Graffilly

Graffilly

So, I heard Philly was the birthplace of graffitti.  Naturally, we had to go out and find some street art to see if it was really true.  Not only is Philly just plastered with murals and art all over buildings from all parts of the city, but the graffitti specifically is amazing.  We wandered into North Philly after visiting the Al-Aqsa mosque in that region and we found an abandoned building cooovered with graffitti.  These are some of the pieces that were on that wall.

So Sickk

Illness is a Blessing

I have no clue what this says, but I love it.

So True...

So True...

It really don’t, stay tuned…

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14 10 2008
ilana

mad awesome… i want to do this all over amherst–esp the busstops

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