Philadelphia (magazine)

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Cover of the March 2013 issue
Founded1908; 115 years ago (1908)
CompanyMetrocorp Publishing
CountryUnited States
Based inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Philadelphia (also called "Philadelphia magazine" or referred to by the nickname "Phillymag", once called Greater Philadelphia) is a regional monthly magazine published in Philadelphia by the Lipson family of Philadelphia and its company, Metrocorp Publishing.


One of the oldest magazines of its kind, Philadelphia magazine was first published as a quarterly in 1908[1] by the Trades League of Philadelphia. S. Arthur Lipson bought the paper in 1946.[1]

The magazine covers Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks in Pennsylvania, and Camden and Burlington counties in South Jersey. During summer, coverage expands to include vacation communities along the Jersey Shore.

In 1962, the magazine became the media outlet in the nation to report on a city's gay community and its political engagement in an article about Philadelphia, "The Furtive Fraternity," written by Gaeton Fonzi.

The magazine has been the recipient of six National Magazine Awards in various categories (1970, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1993, and 1994).[citation needed]

Like other city and regional magazines, Philadelphia has sections of the magazine dedicated to local dining, entertainment, and special events. Feature articles cover a range of these topics and local and regional politics. Special (generally annual) features include "The Best of Philly" Awards, with summary top ratings of a panoply of products, services, stores, shops and community features; and "Top Doctors", listing top-rated physicians by specialty; and "50 Best Restaurants." It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).[2]

The cover of its May 2007 issue,[3] which featured a photograph of a 31-year-old woman who had undergone the removal of a cancerous growth from her buttocks, caused a minor controversy.[4]

In March 2010, the magazine launched the daily news and opinion site The Philly Post.

In December 2010, it acquired the Philadelphia food blog Foobooz, and in 2012 acquired Tim McManus's and Sheil Kapadia's Birds 24/7, a blog about the Philadelphia Eagles.

The name Philly Post was retired in a September 2013 website redesign, and the site's daily news and opinion content has been incorporated into Philadelphia magazine.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Metrocorp and Philadelphia Magazine Announce Change in Organizational Leadership". PR Newswire. April 22, 2003. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "CRMA Magazines". City and Regional Magazine Association. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Philadelphia magazine issue archive Archived April 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, May 2005
  4. ^ Susan Barnett (May 11, 2007). "Local Woman Graces Philly Magazine Totally Nude". KYW-TV (CBS). Archived from the original on June 15, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2013.

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