My friend Kurt recently moved to South Philly, Home of the Cheesesteak Wars (both Pat's and Geno's are at the intersection of 9th St. and Passyunk Ave.). I was at his place the other day, and after I left I was walking along Reed St. to 9th to catch a bus into Center City. I found an odd sight. Between 8th and 9th on Reed is a small cross-street, Darien St. It's not much more than an alley, and is actually a dead end. At left is a picture, taken while I was on Reed St.
Notice how there's a building at the very end with a sign over the door. You can't make it out in the picture, but at the end of this nondescript street is the Pennsylvania Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
I immediately thought of the Grammy awards, handed out by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Obviously this was a local chapter, but why would they be in such an off-the-beaten-path location?
Turns out I was wrong. The Philadelphia chapter of NARAS is in Center City. This Pennsylvania Academy is a school. They have an outlet in Gettysburg as well. Their name seems juuuuust a bit misleading, don't you think?