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The Agency Real Estate Announces Next Gen Partnership

RE Agents at The AGENCY Christopher Werley, Larry Holmes Jr. and Matthew Loebsack with Lisa Silveri

On Wednesday, September 8, 2021 I attended a red carpet event at the Laurel announcing the formation of the next iteration of the AGENCY Real Estate Partnership… the Evolution of Luxury Real Estate for the Philadelphia Marketplace! For years the award winning licensed Broker/Realtor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Lisa Silveri has owned and operated the successful AGENCY with an extensive background in selling high end residential and commercial properties. During the pandemic she thought, what is next, what should I be doing. She’s stepping back just a bit, and stepping up is her new partners, a young dynamic team which will complete The AGENCY’s Real Estate Christopher Werley, Larry Holmes Jr. and Matthew Loebsack 1518 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (215) 990-3159

Larry Holmes, Jr, partner at The Agency, Joelle Holmes, Diane Holmes and legendary boxer Larry Holmes, Sr.

The Agency understand the nuances of the the Philadelphia real estate market and have the ability to serve buyers and sellers with various needs and desires.

Gran Caffe L’Aquila was the caterer. I just had dinner there last Thursday, and it was delicious. I had their Restaurant menu, and everything was perfect, but the Cannoli was something to write home about.

Although Lisa is still the president, this young, new generation of real estate agents will be taking the reigns of The Agency for all your needs. Another thing about these three, friends for years, growing up in and around Easton, Pa. Christopher Werley, Larry Holmes Jr. and Matthew Loebsack.

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Tobias Harris with Adam Sandler on Set of Rebounds. It’s Always Sunny Films on Location; Geno’s Re Opens

Justin Moore, general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Geno Vento and Whizzy cut the ribbon at the re opening of Geno’s Steaks at Rivers Casino

Congratulations to my buddy Geno Vento on the reopening of his Geno’s Steaks eatery at Rivers Casino, which had closed during the pandemic.

Guests started lining up early for the reopening as the first 100 folks received a free cheese steak and Geno swag.

Adam Sandler and LeBron James Hustle has hustled back into town to film the remaining scenes which weren’t completed last fall because of Covid19. Thanks to Diego Ramos for sending me two videos of the film set with Adam Sandler and Queen Latifah, who plays his wife. Filming took place on Thursday in South Philly on a very hot basketball court.

Tobias Harris was spotted in this scene, that’s Adam Sandler in the yellow shirt patting him on the back. Head to Reddit for more on the scenes filmed in South Philly.

According to IMDB the Netflik series is still titled Hustle, but sources tell me it might be renamed Rebounds. I kinda like that name better too. The show is about a sports agent looking to re start his career, or rebound back into business, get it. Plus you know it’s a basketball movie.

Friday Hustle/Rebound took over Ray’s Happy Birthday bar for a scene at the iconic South Philly spot. Also Sandler shoot a scene at the basketball court at 9th and Federal. Thanks to all my tipsters for tips, and videos. The 9th Street scene can be scene on my instagram. More chitchat on which sixers are appearing in the movie HERE

Wait It’s Always Sunny hasn’t filmed in Philly for 5 years, but it’s filmed in Ireland twice since it was last here in 2016?

More surprising news Creed III is not filming in Philly, it’s filming in Atlanta. Good news for Michael B Jordan, he’s staring and will be directing the Rocky franchise movie, but Sly doesn’t appear in this sequel, although Tessa Thompson is back as his wife. READ all About it. We’ll miss you buddy. You were fun to photograph. I am away for a week, but keep sending me those tips I really appreciate it, we all appreciate it being in the know. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy follow me on Social Media as I will be sharing my trip there. I will have two more posts this week which I prepared.

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The Leeds Estate Is On The Market

Every decade or so, the magnificent Leeds House in West Mt Airy comes on the market, and you’re in luck it’s on the market now as the owners want to return to their hometown. The home was built for noted industrialist Morris Leeds, an inventor and founder of the company that became Leeds & Northrup, the first American manufacturer of quality scientific research and testing instruments. The English style home built in 1931, but has been updated over the years as you will see in the following photos, while maintaining it’s charm.

This home underwent a major restoration in 2008/2009 giving it a new state-of-the-art kitchen, seven new bathrooms, central air and an in-law suite with two bathrooms, kitchen and a separate entrance.
James McFadden of Kurfiss gave me the tour of the home with exquisite detail, which I couldn’t possibly remember but you can appreciate through these photos. I really was stunned by the intricate details of the original ironwork by Samuel Yellin

The two-and-a-half-story stair hall measures twenty-one-feet square and is capped with a soaring timbered ceiling. Nine concrete steps with the original Yellin handrail lead down to the hall and to passageways forming the main axis of the house. To the southwest are the dining room and covered porch; to the northeast, the library and study. The living room lies perpendicular to the axis, jutting out to the northwest above the dramatic landscape. To the south, an extensive two-story ell houses the kitchen and other original service quarters. Guests heading up from the front landing climb thirteen steps to the second story, where the Yellin railing continues along the balcony. The upper hall grants access to four en suite bedrooms, a sewing room, and, beyond the master bedroom, a sitting room that is one of the most majestic spaces in the house.

To see more about your country estate so close to Center City check out the listing here.
James McFadden
I did do a fun video for Instagram. Check it out the tour as I wandered around the historic home.
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PIFA Patron Party on Tuesday, April 10 & Info on Events

PIFA Patron Party on Tuesday, April 10

11 DAYS OF GASP-INDUCING GOOSEBUMPS
says the website, and having been to the previous 3 I have to agree. PIFA 2018 Schedule of Events – MAY 31 to JUN 10


Last week they had the sponsor party at the Comcast Center. I couldn’t make it as I was shooting the Sidney Kimmel’s Men’s Event at Prime Rib, but they were nice enough to send me a few pixs. I’ll be shooting their gala coming up in May.
The Kimmel Center also announced the centerpiece of PIFA 2018 – the return of Transe Express, the French performance troupe that PIFA lovers will remember from their amazing spectacle during the 2011 Festival when more than 200,000 visitors packed the Avenue of the Arts to witness the ‘jaw-dropping sensation.’ The group will bring the World Premiere of Crystal Palace – a 30-foot human chandelier with more than 50 live performers and dancers. Crystal Palace will be a full, 90-minute performance that artistically recreates the history of dance – from The Waltz and Tango, to the Charleston, the Swing and Disco – through air acrobats and integrated dance groups.

BUILD THE PEOPLE’S TOWER

Dilworth Park

June 3, attend anytime between 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

A new landmark for Philadelphia – built by Philadelphians! The public will help build the fantastical, epic, temporary People’s Tower and watch in amazement as it soars above Dilworth Park. The People’s Tower will stand overnight and be demolished at 7:00 p.m. the following day. For previous examples of Olivier Grossetête’s work, visit www.kcpress.smugmug.com.

Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden

June 4, 2:00 p.m.

Hear a panel of star-studded public artists, place makers, and arts administrators discuss what exactly is public space, and what it means to create art within it. Learn how public art is different from art presented in a traditional theater, and how it connects an audience.

Panelists include:

Jane Golden – Founder and Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Robert van Leer – Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, The Kennedy Center

Rachel Chanoff – Director, THE OFFICE performing arts + film

Linda diPietro – Artistic Director Indisciplinarte, Terni Festival (Terni, Italy)

Pierre Sauvageot – Director of Lieux Publics (Marseilles, France)

Werner Schrempf – Artistic Director, La Strada (Graz, Austria)

Anna Anderegg – Founder and Choreographer, Asphalt Piloten (Berlin, Germany)

Olivier Grossetête – Installation Artist (France)

Jay Wahl – Artistic Director, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

PIFA 2018 Schedule of Events – MAY 31 to JUN 10

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Photos: The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center 2018 Men’s Event

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center 2018 Men’s Event

 

About 150 people joined Dr Karen E. Knudsen, Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Leonard Gomella, M.D., Chair, Department of Urology at Jefferson at the 2018 Men’s Event at the Prime Rib in Center City.


Joe Weiss, Cheryl Bohm, Justin Wineburgh and Sean Grace

Co-Chairs Joseph Weiss, Chairman of international design firm Electronic Ink and Chair of Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Board at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Kent Gushner – President – Boyds Philadelphia clothing store greeted guests and welcomed them for an evening of cocktails, casino games, sit down dinner, and entertainment by Comedy Central comedian Aaron Berg who kept the crowd in stitches with medical and current event  jokes .

Jermaine Millhouse, Russell Fletcher and Tetyana Fletcher

Stephen Smith, Susan Fixler, Ocean Resort Hotel and Casino, Tara Barbera Ocean Resort Hotel and Casino and Peter Ciccone, Ocean Resort Casino. Ocean Resort Casino is the new name for Revel Casino. Look for it to open before July 4.

Persis Rice and Margaret Fala both of Jefferson Hospital

Andrew Flanagan and Jonathan Agree both of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Additional funds were raised by selling this dandy derby hats.

John Sacks and Evan Solomon try out the craps table. Guests who won the most “money” while gambling, were eligible for raffle items

Janet Guthart, Associate Vice President Office of Protocol, Special Events and Stewardship – ‎Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Aaron Berg, Comedy Central Comedian, and David Brownstein, Senior Director of Protocol and Special Events – ‎Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Phanerrica Muhammad and Eric Gray

The evening raised more than $100,000 to build awareness about prostate cancer and benefit research at Jefferson’s National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center.

 

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Creed 2; Reality Star Lisa Vanderpump Appearance, Kristen Alderson +++

Philly Gossip: Creed 2; Reality Star Lisa Vanderpump Appearance, Kristen Alderson +++

Good Sunday Gossip…

Vanderpump
Today is awfully gloomy, but yesterday was glorious and how lucky it was a Saturday to enjoy.

Lisa Vanderpump of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” reality shows was in Ardmore yesterday and over 1100 people waited to meet her.
And she stayed the entire time
To greet each one and pose for photos.

Creed’s 2 Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu is one of the nicest guys on the set and in the streets, as is Dolph Lundgren, so if you see them stop them and say hi.  Altho Sly is right up there. All last week cast, crew and extras put in 12 to 14 hour days, Friday night when it was a wrap Stallone thanked everyone, and gave some lucky extras a handshake of thanks, and one lucky girl a love tap fist in the cheek when asked. No kisses though, he said his wife has strict orders. I don’t blame her, do you?

Congrats to my friend Kristen Alderson‘s , #GH and #OLTL alum who begins performances in The Marvelous Wonderettes at The Kirk Theatre 410 West 42nd St. New York, NY 10019 this week.
https://www.broadway.com/shows/marvelous-wonderettes/

Congrats NBC10’s Jacqueline London for being on the premiere cover of Crown Magazine.

Check back with PhillyChitChat tomorrow to see which fun parties we covered this week….

 

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Creed 2 Week 2 – Michael B Jordan & Brigitte Nielsen Spotted In Philly PLUS

Creed 2 Week 2 – Michael B Jordan & Brigitte Nielsen Spotted In Philly PLUS


an extra in Creed 2 posted this earlier this week

Cast, crew and extras on Creed 2 are putting in incredible hours, working 10 – 14hr days at Sun Center Studios in Aston, PA

Which makes it that much more extraordinary that

Michael B Jordan took time out to have dinner with 4 friends at D’Angelo’s 256 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Tuesday night. He stopped by about 9PM and stayed til nearly 11PM. He had Lobster Fra Diavolo and Crab meat which he loved says owner Sal D’Angelo.

Jordan checked out the Rittenhouse Square restaurant after Sylvester Stallone recommended it, he went in 2015 during the Creed 1 filming. You’ll recall that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had a delicious dinner there while he was in town filming Paranoia. Their special table is on the 2nd floor by the window.


Brigitte Nielsen stopped by Gran Caffe L’Aquila for Gelato on Tuesday. Here she’s with one of the owners. She was super nice and is enjoying Philadelphia. Monday is her last day of filming on Creed 2, despite not being listed in the IMDB which is odd. Maybe their keeping it a surprise for folks that will see the movie. Last week I spotted Nielsen arriving at the PHL Airport.

Last week as you know Sly Stallone popped in to see the new plaque affixed to his namesake statue Rocky Balboa at the bottom of the Art Museum steps. I was wondering when it was installed, and I found a photo of the guy installing it just a few days before the Stallone event on Friday. Thanks, it looks great!!
I was checking out Stallone’s instagram yesterday and was shocked & honored that he liked one of my photos of him and Rocky impersonator Mike Kunda so much he used a shot I took, which appeared on Philly Voice. Looks like he took a photo of the photo on the screen. That’s cool.


People are always asking me if I’ve seen Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu out and about, I haven’t. If you want to see him you’ll have to catch him at the Sporting Club at the Bellevue, he seems to work out and spare minute he has there. I hear he’s super nice and approachable.

 

Unearthed footage of Sylvester Stallone/Carl Weathers Choreography for Rocky in 1976

Check out this article which features the clip above

I’ll see you on Sunday for more Philly Gossip on Philly Chit Chat
Next Week Creed 2 heads outside to film in the streets!!

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The Arts +Biz Council hosted Renée Mauborgne Blue Ocean Strategy

The Arts +Biz Council hosted another of their Defining Innovation Global Speaker Spring 2018 Series on Friday April 6, 2018. Friday’s event featured Renée Mauborgne—professor and co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy and co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Fontainebleau, France who presented Blue Ocean Shift, a definitive guide to the human side of innovation strategy. Mauborgne’s approach to “Nondisruptive Creation” means that anyone in any organization can be creative and make a Blue Ocean Shift with the book’s systematic five-step process. The sold out event was held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A continental breakfast was served before guests headed into the auditorim for the talk on how to create innovative strategies, which don’t disrupt strategies in place. Mauborgne was then joined on stage by Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health who interviewed her more extensively.

Kelly Gaess, CapTech Consulting; Kate Zinsky, CapTech Consulting and Bob Wolk, CapTech Consulting

Harriet Weiss, and Larry Weiss, President CRW Graphics

Gary Woomer, CareLink Community Support Services and Eileen Joseph, CareLink Community Support Services

Josh Greenbert and Bob Wolk

Amanda Plavner, Markitects, Inc and Christine Karr, Markitects, Inc

Kim Fraites-Dow – CEO – Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Maureen Maier, and Jennifer Richards, all with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Ari Kushner, Director, Marketing + Development at Arts & Biz Council and Luke Butler, Comcast

Karin Copeland, Executive Director Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Renée Mauborgne—professor and co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy and co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Fontainebleau, France

Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO Jefferson Hospital and Renée Mauborgne

Elizabeth Lott, CRW Graphics and Michael Kravitz, CRW Graphics

We’re celebrating our 33rd year of honoring exceptional volunteerism, leadership and innovation within the arts and cultural community, distinction in the for-profit creative sector, and unique partnerships formed between the business and arts communities. Arts + Business Council events attract a diverse community of attendees; Awards Celebration 2018 is expected to attract over 600 attendees from the business, legal, technology and creative communities. Register now!

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The 76ers Contest, SoBol Rittenhouse Opens with a Free Giveaway

The 76ers are THE hottest ticket in the city right now –

 

On Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. EST the Philadelphia 76ers will send out a release detailing their 2018-19 playoff campaign –  –

  • Use #PHILAUnite and @Sixers when posting –
  • PhilaUnite.com: Specialty microsite where fans can upload their 76ers spirit photos into a custom overlay
  • The Philadelphia 76ers playoff campaign – “Phila Unite” – is rooted in Philadelphia’s rich, revolutionary history.

    • “Phila Unite” features a rendition of the “Segmented Snake” an image once drawn/published by Benjamin Franklin in 1754 with the goal of “Unifying” the American colonies.
  • The 76ers have been teasing this campaign logo and imagery in several ways over the past week:
  • By the end of this week, six (6) unique murals will have appeared throughout the City of Philadelphia; artistic interpretations of the 76ers playoff campaign logo.

Hidden Segmented Snake in 76ers Uniforms: Hidden underneath a flap on the shorts of the City Edition uniform lies an image of the segmented snake.

On another SIXERS NOTE – New açaí-bowl Sobol Rittenhouse is celebrating their opening TODAY 46 S 17th St. and they’re giving out free bowls to the first 76 people starting at NOON.

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Sneak Peek of the New Cambria Hotel & What’s on the Menu

Sneak Peek of the New Cambria Hotel & What’s on the Menu

The flagship Cambria Hotel opened at Broad and Locust a few weeks ago. I stopped by last Wednesday and got a sneak peek.  The 15-story, 223-room boutique hotel was developed by Pearl Properties and designed by DAS Architects, the City’s foremost hospitality architect. The duo has worked on many projects including the Granary Apartments in Spring Garden.

According to the press release “The building design embraces Philadelphia’s street-level vitality,” said David A. Schultz, AIA, co-founder and principal of DAS Architects. “Broad Street’s landmark older buildings with beautiful cornices and trim inspired our façade, in which we used multiple vertical frames to create shadow and depth. We pulled the building back from the street to create a drop-off zone and a generous pedestrian walkway. The angled southwest edge is a gesture to City Hall, allowing corner suites a view north, but all rooms will have great views of everything happening on the Avenue of the Arts, at the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music or east to the Delaware River.” The 174,000-square-foot building is clad in flannel-colored brick, bronze metal tones, and stone-like porcelain panels.


Lobby with Concierge Desk with staircase leading to the check in desk on 2nd floor

 The glazed, two-story entry features a grand sculptural stair leading to the second-floor main lobby and hotel’s 2nd floor restaurant space.

The lobby on the 2nd floor, the reservation desk is on the right behind the black wall


The restaurant / bar –Treble & Bass and “social circle” includes a terrace overlooking Broad Street.

cool light fixtures

a lounge area in the restaurant on 2nd floor

“Philadelphia’s musical heritage was a major influence in our design of Cambria’s social spaces and guest rooms,” said Susan M. Davidson, IDC, co-founder and principal of DAS Architects. “We hope that guests will be transported by this beautiful staircase that opens onto a jazz-parlor-like lounge. It’s a space where people will feel comfortable relaxing, working or socializing.

We incorporated soundwave graphics into patterns and motifs throughout the hotel, and the result is a palette rich with jewel-toned colors, dusty mint and teal hues, brass, stitched leather accents, and upcycled lighting and art elements. Subtly or dramatically, this building is an homage to Philadelphia’s performing arts heritage.”

A flagship Philadelphia property for Cambria Hotel & Suites’ business travel and leisure brand, the hotel offers mid-level accommodations in 9 suites and 214 guest rooms.

You had me at Soup Flight!! The Social Spot is open for Breakfast and Dinner, and hopefully soon for lunch.
Check out the Menu

Grab and Go food in the lobby

Savor the flavors of inspired dining at our in-house restaurant and bar. Whether you need a quick grab-and-go snack or you’re working through mealtime, we make it easy to order a truly delicious meal that is guaranteed to satisfy your palate.

 


 The 3,000-square-foot roof-top Attico lounge (door to the left of main entrance) will have a firepit and views of the Philadelphia skyline and Delaware River will open before Spring, and I mean the real one with warm temps, ends. The ground floor of the hotel will be home to a new Del Frisco’s Grille, set to open in October 2018, and is substituted to the right in this photo. What a great add to the Avenue of the Arts!!