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Oh, not-so-charming town of Bethlehem

I needed to escape NYC for a quick day trip and chose Bethlehem. It is situated in the Lehigh Valley which is only 2 hours from Manhattan.

After passing beautiful, vividly green scenery via Interstate 78 I finally arrived in Bethlehem. Overall, it is a hit or miss kind of place. On one side of the river (known as "South Side") is a run-down area near gothically attractive Lafayette College. The ever-present, hulking ruins of the former Bethlehem Steel factories lurks in the background at all times.

Across the Lehigh river is a small Historic district which has the Main Street, Moravian College and some charming stores, restaurants, tea rooms as well as the restored 'Bethelhem Hotel'.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Convenient day trip, historical bits n' pieces
  • Cons:Depressing city atmosphere, unsafe feeling if not reality
  • In a nutshell:A city in search of a better future for itself
  • Last visit to Bethlehem: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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