Philadelphia

RANDOM SHOTS WITH SOME JUICY TIDBITS, Plus the real location of Cigar Bar, er I mean lounge

First I want to thank the reader who gave me the tip on “Eagles wideout Hank Baskett and his reality-show wife, Kendra Wilkinson, bunking at Two Liberty Place, the high-rise on 16th Street near Chestnut.” (Michael Klein’s line) I’ve never met the reader before, but they tell me “I always think of you bc I think you are genuine and real. Esp bc you work so hard at this bc its your passion. I just am impressed by u and so i like helping you if i can.” I so appreciate that, I really do.I love doing this, and although I love writing most anything to promote Philly and the folks that live here, I also enjoy the increased readership as they will be exposed to some of the charities I cover too. Maybe seeing what people wear and hearing the experience of the events, they themselves might buy a ticket to the next event, or maybe just send a check of support. And for passion, I really do love doing this, I have always been a fan of gossip, and spreading fun news that doesn’t hurt anyone. I mean really isn’t that what’s happening by having Kendra and Hank move into Liberty Two, now the residences are going to get HUGE national coverage, and maybe someone from outside of Philly will help fill the tower.

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The other day I gave the wrong location for the Lumiere it’s a lounge, not a bar, they won’t have a liquor license. What they will have is a 24 hour concierge services, (i.e. travel, chartered jets, exotic rentals, yachts and car service), personal errands, reservations (domestic and international), events, private lounge access, and much more all in a luxurious lounge setting with access to international cigars and complimentary cocktails for members. There are 3 levels of membership. They also have a lounge at the Wachovia Center, er Wells Fargo Center. So look for cross benefits to go along with some of the memberships, I suspect. As I also suspect there will be ladies running the concierge desk at the lounge.
2oth & Market. This lot has been empty for a decade. Who ever owns it needs to step up to the plate and make it into a park until they can sell the darn thing. How much is it going to hurt you to put in a few benches? The insurance premium can’t be much higher for this “attractive nuisance” than what it is now. You must be getting tax breaks too, so just do it for good will, maybe Karma will bless you?
Update: A reader sent me this: The original owners were Opus East a division of Opus which was liquidated while its west coast counterpart filed for bankruptcy. A true sign of these economic times. The site is a great site but it’s one of those parcel’s that has been held out to be the next skyline game changer (Comcast Center). Opus tried to sell it at a price point where you could build a parking garage and have that carry your cost for years until another larger tenant like Comcast i.e. Blue Cross, Peco, Aramark etc. would come along and lease a brand new Class A flagship building. As for who owns the site at this point, it is more than likely it is the lender- which means it will be a few years before we see something done on this site. (thanks, such a smart person w/a finger on the pulse of what’s going on.)
Working on the Turrets at City Hall. Soon the building will be done, so glad they earmarked the money before the recession.
I was at Tutti Frutti the other night. Their was a string band of sorts there. They installed their new mural on the wall, and I gave them an idea that they are going to implement soon. Did you know at the end of the night all the yogurt left is drained out so the machines have to be cleaned? Well it gave me an idea, I told them and soon you’re gonna hear it too.
This is ridiculous. Mike and I got a $75 ticket on 13th Street near Samson Street next to Zavino’s. At midnight it goes from a parking spot to a towing spot. I guess from 6AM til 8AM you can park for free. Ridiculous!!
Damien from Del Frisco’s and the dancing grandma at Parx Casino 360Lounge
Quinn and Maria Papadakis with their soveniers from the Philly Style Magazine Party. Look for my Phila Magazine Best of Party pictures tomorrow in this column, and in my Philly Mag Column. Maria called me from Greece on Friday to wish me a happy birthday. That was the day they were dedicated a town square in her dad’s name. The next day she was going to a wedding with over 1,000 people in attendence. Now that is a big fat Greek wedding.
The Sex and the City slot machine at Parx is a penny machine. Kinda ironic isn’t it?

on the 51st floor of the Comcast Center. Great view.
Mom, Me and Cousin Lisa Libertella Clifford at our birthday dinner at the River Winds in West Deptford over looking the Delaware River.
Ohhh I was on the news the other night, well in the background of this ABC6 story on the Ryan Howard charity event at Morton’s Monday Night.
Good Day