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I was bruised and battered
I couldn’t tell what I felt
I was unrecognizable to myself
Saw my reflection in a window
And didn’t know my own face
Oh brother are you gonna leave me wastin’ away
On the streets of Philadephia? Philadelphia 1993 starring Denzel Washington & Tom Hanks & Jason Robards & Antonio Banderas & Joanne Woodward & Robert W Castle & Mary Steenburgen & Ann Dowd & Lisa Summerour & Charles Napier & Roberta Maxwell et al, director Jonathan Demme, Bruce Springstein’s song
It would take several more years before FSU became official in Philadelphia. Gangland s3e8: Rage Against Society, History 2008
Pennsylvania: from its steel mills to its sports teams this is a working-class area where the people have been moulded by the harsh city streets and a puritan work ethic ... The City of Brotherly Love can be anything but. The criminal underbelly of Philly has always been evident. Gangland s4e2: Devil’s Fire, History 2009
The Pagan’s [sic] are a 1% club. ibid.
The Hell’s Angels are the Pagan’s mortal enemy and the largest motorcycle gang in the world. ibid.
The Hellraiser’s Ball was open to the public. ibid.
The Pagan’s pride themselves in being the most violent motorcycle gang in the United States. ibid.
The Purple is Meth at its purest. ibid.
The Mother Club is what the gang calls its Board of Directors. The Mother Club sets national policy and club conduct. The Chapters falls under its rule. ibid.
The quickest way to get a beating is to show disrespect for Pagan colours. ibid.
73 Pagan’s went to prison. No-one talked. ibid.
The Pagan’s have remained unchanged for most of their existence. Violence continues to be their trademark. Unlike the Angels, the Pagans never went for size. ibid.
Philadelphia 1964: over the course of ten years Nicky Scarfo had become an up and coming member of the Mob. But Scarfo was reckless ... The 35-year-old had the reputation of becoming a hot-head. Mobsters s1e28: Nicodemo Scarfo, Biography 2008
He had a high voice and a complex about his height. ibid.
Over the course of the next decade developers expected to spend more than one billion dollars constructing casinos [Atlantic City]. That meant big money for Nicky Scarfo’s construction company Scarf Inc. ibid.
The outcast wanted to be boss. ibid.
A federal indictment had revealed the ties between the Mayor of Atlantic City – Michael Matthews – and the Philadelphia Mob. ibid.
Nicky Scarfo was probably the most violent American Mafia boss in the past half-century. George Anastasia, Philadelphia Inquirer
It’s 1980 and the United States government is locked in a battle to the death with New York's five major crime families. Inside the American Mob III: New York-Philly War, National Geographic 2013
One of the most prominent figures in the Philly Mob decides to cooperate with the United States government: Crazy Phil. ibid.
Bruno was known in Philadelphia as the docile Don. ibid.
Phil Testa becomes the new boss of Philadelphia ... Who killed Phil Testa? ibid.
The body count keeps rising. ibid.
Scarfo and his gang were raking in millions. ibid.
I was with the Philadelphia police attempting to understand why the city has one of the highest rates of violent crime and homicide in America. Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia, BBC 2008
‘They are people who made bad decisions, bad choices, and now they have to survive’. ibid. rozzer
The killers all belonged to the Nation of Islam’s Temple 12 in Philadelphia … the Black Mafia. American Gangster: Philadelphia’s Black Mafia, BET 2007
Extortion was the Black Mafia’s first big racket. ibid.
The most infamous of all Black Mafia crimes had nothing to do with money. It was an unspeakable act of vengeance against a critic of Nation of Islam leader – the honourable Elijah Muhammad. ibid.
Raking in $90,000 a week in extortion and heroin money, according to authoties. ibid.
Philadelphia: the city of brotherly love ... more than 430,000 Philly residents live in poverty. Drugs Inc s4e7: Philly Dope, National Geographic 2014
An explosion in the number of opiate junkies now searching for a cheaper fix. Dealers have turned Kensington into a giant drug drive-through. ibid.
Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of PCP abuse in the US. ibid.
’Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I've waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee high to a man, yeah
Gave me a piece of mama, daddy never had. Elton John, Philadelphia Freedom
I once spent a year in Philadelphia. I think it was on a Sunday. W C Fields
Last week, I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed. W C Fields
I can play anywhere. First, third, left-field, anywhere but Philadelphia. Richie Allen
It is a handsome city, but distractingly regular. After walking about it for an hour or two, I felt that I would have given the world for a crooked street. The collar of my coat appeared to stiffen, and the brim of my hat to expand, beneath its Quakerly influence. Charles Dickens, American Notes
In Philadelphia where my journey begins, American revolutionaries declared independence … I continue through the American Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg before turning south to Baltimore in Maryland. Michael Portillo, Great American Journeys VIII: Philadelphia to Atlantic City, BBC 2016
Philadelphia is a depressing intellectual slum. Dr Albert C Barnes
The main function of the museum has been to serve as a pedestal upon which a clique of socialists pose as patrons of the arts. Dr Albert C Barnes
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a house of artistic and intellectual prostitution. Dr Albert C Barnes
They’ve got more Cézannes than the entire city of Paris, 181 Renoirs, wall to wall, 59 paintings by Matisse ... Picasso 46, 7 by Van Gogh, 6 by Seurat. Nick Tinari, attorney and former Barnes Foundation student
The Barnes Collection is the only sane place to see art in America. Henri Matisse
He tried to create a collection that was proof against commercial exploitation. Professor Robert Zaller
In 1922 Albert Barnes created the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, five miles from the centre of Philadelphia. The Foundation houses the most important and valuable collection of Post-Impressionist and Early Modern art in the world. Storyville: The Billion Dollar Heist ***** BBC 2011
During these negotiations Governor [Ed] Rendell promised a boost in state money to the under-funded Lincoln University. ibid.
No member of the Lincoln or Barnes Foundation boards involved in these negotiations would speak on the record. ibid.
The money to relocate the Barnes Foundation was placed in Pennsylvania’s budget before the Barnes’ Trustees announced their intention to move. The availability of state funds was never disclosed to the judge deciding the fate of the Barnes' move. ibid.
The Immaculate Appropriation. ibid.
The Friends of the Barnes and Montgomery County did not appeal the judge’s decision. ibid.
Dr Albert C Barnes’ collection is scheduled to be removed from his Foundation and installed in the new facility by 2012. ibid.
North Philadelphia: ‘I like to get away from the real world as much as I can.’ Storyville: Quest: Surviving in America, Rainey, BBC 2018
‘I love north Philly. This is the neighbourhood we’ve living in all our lives … North Philly is definitely a tough neighbourhood … You see people getting shot right in front of you.’ ibid.