Like all places, there is more to it than initially meets the eye. I’m admittedly biased, I’m from there.
over 7 years ago
If you ever find yourself in allentown, I suggest you hit up Yoccos. Best damn hot dog in Allentown, if not PA. (possibly farther out then that)
If you’re into steak Gregory’s on Airport Rd (right by the airport) has a great steak for not a lotta dough and you wash it down with a 32oz frosted mug of your favorite brew.
Dunkin’ Donuts does make some great donuts. (blows Krispy Kreme outta the water, and all you west-coasters are free to disagree, but I’m living out west currently, and yes KK don’t have shit on DD)
To defend you guys over here there are no Sonics in Allentown. Doh!
Being an old mill town (This is the city that billy joel sings about, after all) you can be just about anywhere in Allentown or Bethlehem (the exception is when in housing projects..in which case you have to make it to a regular street) and be within a block of at least one bar or pub, nightclub, state store etc. If you can’t quench your thirst in allentown you are passed out.
The remains of the steel in bethlehem are something to see, that’s over 4 continuous miles of steel mill there folks, the single biggest brownfield in the country is HERE. In it’s heyday the Steel was the shiznit. Over 30,000 people (in a city of 90,000 that’s called bethlehem) worked there.
The latest proposal is a casino/hotel/mall complex on the property.
Allentown is a sad place sometimes, but is currently trying to start a renaissance. Hopefully it works this time (I think this is the FOURTH time the city has tried to pull itself back up after being knocked down.)
Allentown is also an OLD place, full of tradition and memories. It’s one of the oldest cities in the country.
The recently departed Acres was the 3rd oldest housing project in the nation. (opened right after WW2)
While in allentown, feel free to visit the Old Zion Church. This is where they hid the liberty bell when the redcoats took over Philly.
All in all no matter what anyone says it’s worth a visit.