Year In Review: Uwishunu Presents The Best Of Philadelphia 2012 In Photos

2012 is just about over, and with 2013 just hours away, it’s a great time to take a look back at the highs of the year. Of which there were plenty.

If you read Uwishunu regularly, or even if it’s your first time on the site, you know how much we love vibrant photos of Philadelphia.

So here’s a look at some of Philadelphia’s finest moments of the year, in photography form. We think you’ll be just as proud of our city as we are.


The NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park

Despite the unfortunate end result, the Flyers put on quite a show in a thrilling 2012 NHL Winter Classic on Monday afternoon and Citizens Bank Park was an absolutely awesome setting. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Academy of Music Turns 150

The Academy of Music turned 155 this year, and the Philadelphia musical community celebrated with a star-studded gala featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin for the first time in this hallowed space, plus Grammy winners Diana Krall and Yo-Yo Ma. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

Zoe Strauss at the PMA

The much-anticipated Zoe Strauss photography exhibition opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on January 17 with an all-night dance party DJed by Philly's own Questlove. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)

Many, many more highlights from the year below.


Van Gogh at the PMA

Visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art were able to view more than 40 works by Vincent van Gogh — never before seen together — during Van Gogh Up Close. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Bruce Opens at the Constitution Center

Bruce Springsteen purchased this Corvette in 1975, after the success of Born to Run. The car and dozens of other items were on display at the National Constitution Center from February 17-September 3 in From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)

Renovated Independence Hall Clock Tower Unveiled

Philadelphia’s iconic Independence Hall Tower sat silent and dark behind a scrim and scaffolding for 18 months before the rehabilitation project was gloriously completed, unveiled on February 18. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)


The 2012 Flower Show

The Hawaiian 'Islands of Aloha' theme permeated the 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, with visitors welcomed by a multi-dimensional sensory experience, including Pele's Garden featuring a real 25-foot waterfall. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Xfinity Live Opens in South Philadelphia

Xfinity Live opened in March, bringing several new fun and exciting dining, drinking and entertainment options to the Sports Complex neighborhood in South Philadelphia. (Image courtesy Xfinity Live)

Academy of Natural Sciences Turns 200

The Academy of Natural Sciences turned 200 this year, celebrating the huge milestone all year long starting with a Bicentennial Weekend March 24-25. (Photo by Will Klein courtesy ANSP)


The Philadelphia Science Festival Returns

Hubo, one of seven in a family of humanoid robots residing at Drexel, was modified by Drexel Engineering students to receive new programming code and a custom-build pitching arm, specially for the Philadelphia Science Festival. Hubo threw out the first pitch at the April 28 Phillies game. (Photo by Darryl W. Moran for the Philadelphia Science Festival)


The Barnes Opens on the Parkway

The Barnes Foundation officially opened on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this May, and hosted round-the-clock programming throughout Memorial Day Weekend to cap off a week’s worth of opening celebrations. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

The Barnes Foundation’s new building on the Parkway is striking. (Photo ©2012 The Barnes Foundation)

And the collection inside is nothing short of breathtaking. (Photo ©2012 The Barnes Foundation)

Sister Cities Park Opens

The Center City District celebrates the grand opening of its gorgeous new public space, Sister Cities Park, on May 10. (Photo by M. Fischetti for GPTMC)

Morgan’s Pier Opens

The makings of a perfect warm-weather hangout: fresh waterfront breeze, live music, craft beer, delicious BBQ, lush greenery, picnic tables. Happy sigh. (Photo courtesy Morgan's Pier)

Dead Sea Scrolls Opens at the Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute’s Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit presented one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized, featuring 20 scrolls including the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible and four never-before-seen scrolls. (Photos by D. Moran courtesy Franklin Institute)


Light Opens at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens’ epic Light Installations By Bruce Munro, a U.S. premiere, illuminated 23 acres of the Gardens with 11 large-scale, site-specific light installations, seven outside in areas not usually seen by the public, three inside the grand four-acre conservatory and a small collection of illuminated sculptures in Longwood’s historic Music Room. (Photo by Andrew Weiss Photography)

Shake Shack Opens in Rittenhouse Square

Wednesday, June 6 was the day everyone in Philadelphia was waiting for: the brand new Shake Shack Philadelphia opened to the public at 20th and Sansom Streets in Rittenhouse Square. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)


The MLS All-Star Game Takes Place at PPL Park

Philadelphia hosted its first all-star game in a decade when Major League Soccer brought its 2012 All-Star Game to PPL Park in July. (Photo courtesy MLS)

The Rodin Museum Re-opens

July saw the grand re-opening of the Rodin Museum, one of the most distinctive cultural gems along the richly outfitted Benjamin Franklin Parkway and home to the largest public collection of works outside of Paris by the 19th century French sculptor Auguste Rodin. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)


Uwishunu Hosts An Outdoor Movie Screening In Rittenhouse Square

Uwishunu turned Rittenhouse Square into a pop-up movie theater for our first-ever Moonlit Movie Screening in Rittenhouse Square on Saturday, August 11. (Photo by D. Tavani for GPTMC)


The Two-Day Made In America Music Festival Hits The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The first-ever Made in America Music Festival, hosted by Jay-Z, took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in September with continuous musical entertainment for two full days. (Photo courtesy Made in America)

Jay-Z himself (left, above) headlined Day One of the festival with an awesome performance and even brought out special guest Kanye West (right) to help him close out the show. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

It was awesome. We hope the festival returns in 2013. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)

Open Air Illuminates the Skies Above Philadelphia

For three weeks, Open Air energized the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Philadelphia skyline with the nightly illumination of 24 powerful searchlights, sketching beautiful patterns above the city, visible from 10 miles away. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)


The Hotel Monaco Opens in Historic Philadelphia

October saw the opening of Philadelphia’s first new hotel in Old City’s Historic District in years, with the ribbon-cutting of Kimpton’s chic Hotel Monaco Philadelphia on Independence Mall. (Photo courtesy Hotel Monaco Philadelphia)

Harry Potter Weekend Returns to Chestnut Hill


The Philadelphia Marathon Is Bigger Than Ever

In November, Mayor Nutter welcomed an additional 3,000 race participants to the sold-out Philadelphia Marathon who were registered, but unable to compete, in the Hurricane-Sunday-cancelled 2012 New York City Marathon. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Marathon)



Anthony Bourdain Does An Episode On Philadelphia

After nine seasons, Anthony Bourdain finally made it to Philadelphia, where he toured the Italian Market, played rock, paper, scissors with Chefs Marc Vetri and Michael Solomonov, marveled at a nine-foot-long colon at the Mutter Museum, and much more. (Photo courtesy The Layover on the Travel Channel)

The Holidays in Philadelphia

Philadelphia put on its holiday best this year just as it does every year. (Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC)