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October 2008



A little beer for breakfast…
picked up a shirt – only $10

Commerce Center at 21st and MarketAnd it’s finally here, although I am not a crazy sports fan, in fact I only know the players that I have photographed at the various events and charity parties I attend, I really got choke up, I love Philly, I remember the last parade, and I watched the entire series from the beginning of the playoffs. (I have friends that love baseball does that count, oh and I like to bring the photos to you, does that count?)

What a great memory for these kids, I remember my mom taking my brother and I to the last parade.
Ryan Howard and Chase Utley
Jayson Werth (Thanks to Philebrity for telling me this wasn’t Brett Myers)

My friend Janita Applebaum Styles is a ballgirl
Who’s this?

Not the real Phanatic
Who am I?

And that’s it I thought, but when I turned on the tube at home I was so excited that they added lots of other cars and that Pat Burrell was on the coach with the Clydesdale. I don’t know if you guys were with me when I met him the first time in met him at the Philly Style Party in August, didn’t recognize him and made him spell his name to me – LOL



The city of Philadelphia will honor its victorious Phillies team with a parade on Friday. Mayor Michael Nutter was ecstatic after watching the Phillies clinch the world series title after a big gap of 25 years.
Where: Parade will start at 20th and Market Streets, then proceed east on Market Street and continue south on 15th Street. Continue around the south side of City Hall and onto South Broad Street, where it will head to the sports complex. The procession will make a left on Hartranft Street into the sports complex, where fans with tickets can watch a post-game celebration taking place at Citizens Bank Park and simulcast at Lincoln Financial Field.
* Cost: It will be free, but you will need a ticket to get into either venue. There is no admission to simply line the route.
but the TICKETS are all gone. They were available at 3 p.m. Thursday through the Phillies Web site, Seas ticket holders got preference. Only those fans with tickets will be admitted into these facilities.
* Who: Phillies players and coaches will be at the rallies. More than a million fans are expected to line the site.
* Refreshments: No beer will be sold at either stadium, according to Phils’ boss David Montgomery. Because it doesn’t seem that the fans can handle their liquor after the looting and flipping cars Wednesday night after the win.
* Parking: Will be hard to come by. Parking will be prohibited on Market Street west of City Hall and Broad Street south of City Hall. Vehicles still in those zones will be towed.

* Mass Transit: SEPTA is planning to beef up bus, subway, El and regional rail service into the city. PATCO high-speed line will have extra service all day, with trains to and from South Jersey running every six minutes or less from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.* Police: City officials are planning a heavy presence to prevent some of the problems involving vandalism and destruction of property that marred the party on South Broad Street after the game Wednesday night.
* Sponsors: A slew of corporations are putting up more than $100,000 to help the city defray the cost of the shindig.
Why don’t some of you guys send some money to the guy who’s car was flipped over…

Mommy, where did you and daddy meet?Now go and Vote on Tuesday, Barrack Obama!
this kids are putting their condoms to good use
He’s says it’s Penn State’s year for a victory!!

Mayor Nutter had strong words today for Phillies fans planning on attending tomorrow’s parade. “You can be joyous, you cannot be a jackass,” Nutter said
The primary post-parade celebration will take place at Citizens Bank Park, and will also be broadcast live at Lincoln Financial Field. Gates at both facilities will open at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are needed for entry to both Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field, and can be obtained through an exclusive online opportunity at
George was smiling all night
Phillies players have been told to report to Citizens Bank Park at 8:40 a.m. on Friday, where they will be escorted to 20th and Market Streets for the start of the biggest parade these parts have seen since Moses Malone and the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers were escorted down Broad Street under a cascade of ticker tape.
“Phillies fans have been waiting 28 years for this day,” Nutter said in a statement issued following Wednesday’s Game 5 clincher. “We deserve this win. I can’t wait to share this day with Phillies fans from across the city, state, and even country.”
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Happy Halloween!!



This was the highlight of the night at St. Stephen’s Bar in Spring Garden when the Phillies won the World Series
Then my friends and I (Mike, Jeremy & George)rushed down to Broad Street to celebrate
It was crowded, but a lot of fun. Peeps hugging it out, high fiving, everyone celebrating it was one big happy Philly PhamilyI ran into a few more friends, Scott Stein, owner of Pearl and Peter Breslow PR for Pearl

I thought it was crazy that people would climb the “supposedly” greased poles like a cop had told me. “She went on to say, don’t worry about them getting hurt, the only people who will know will be their folks who ID them at the morgue.
That this girl wanted to touch the hot bulb 25 feet off the ground. That sign must have been a tad uncomfortable, but no one was feeling any pain tonight, I thoughtbut I guess I can understand why this guy climb the pole to grab the Phillies World Series Banner
The new shirts were out already, probably not official though
I thought it was cold, but the adrenaline must have kept him warm. Guess he’s not afraid of heights.

All this celebration made us hungry and around midnight we went to Monk’s to grab a bite, there were plenty of seats,
but when we emerged and walked back to Broad Street we could see that things had gotten a little ugly. This is 16th and Spruce. Both planters are torn up and a shutter is in the background

But then when I got to Broad I thought how bad could it be this riot cop is posing for photos, WHAT RIOT COP, what the heck is going on?
I felt safe too as Superman was hanging on the corner, until I saw a girl try and throw a cinder block through the window at the Kimmel Center; the guard came out and she started hitting him. The police were able to break it up and then they just let the kids walk awayThen this outside the Bellevue
Now I do know this minor stuff happens in other cities, but I guess I thought Philly would be different, since we’ve all seen it on TV and are disgusted by it, maybe these folks don’t watch TV? Maybe they wanted make a bigger statement than Boston last year, sorta like when Devil night got out of hand and Detroit practically burned itself down every Mischief Night, which is tonight BTW.These guys were still excited, and were not the ones that tipped over this planter, just hanging out near it A picture says a thousand words (and although I took about 500 shots, I picked out only a few, as it was 3AM when I did this blog and I had to get some sleep before work at 9AM,) was this someone’s revenge for being the ugliest, fattest City as those magazines keep attaching too us or was this how we pay back the Phillies for finally winning the World Series. I thought the curse was over, I was wrong.
I was beginning to get upset. As someone who writes about Philly, and someone who has been a volunteer tour guide for over 10 years, I was shocked with what was going on then this!! Someone set a fire in the middle of the street and threw someone’s bike on top of it. The fire got fairly big, and I just had to leave. Center City was becoming a war zone as bottles broke around me, and M80s went off. Who are these kids, are they the students from the 2 dorms that are right there at Broad and Walnut, where most of the damage occurred?

I saw at least three bus stops damaged, but this one was destroyed; the same stop that protects their friends, family, teachers, neighbors from the elements after a long day at work. The guy in this picture is challenging the cop. I have no idea why, but I saw it over and over again. Maybe they are still hyped from the G Summit, or doing rehearsals for next year.These planters that beautify the street, probably cost a fortune, and where do they think the money is going to come from to replace. Do these people pay property taxes? Do they own anything? At this point I was thinking, the parade shouldn’t even start at City Hall if , maybe we should move it up to South Street to the stadiums, or to the suburbs.
Then they smashed Robinson Luggage’s windows and tried to loot it, note luggage on ground. These skateboarders didn’t want to listen to the riot police, telling them it was a public sidewalk and they didn’t want to go in the street. i was wondering where the rubber bullets were, for a city that sometimes suffers a bad reputation for police brutality, I was impressed and angered that the police showed so much restraint.
These cops were preventing folks from going down Sansom towards Juniper as a CAR WAS ON FIRE. The crowd surged towards the fire, I just wanted to go home.
More riot police. The guy in the red hat walked up to the cops and started taunting them. It was so bizarre that he would do that. They pushed him out of the way. I stopped taking pictures. I didn’t want a record of it I was so disgusted. Maybe I remember the rioting and looting of the 70s and how it took this City years to get over that reputation. Some people might say it was only minor structure damage, but the scene was ugly, and the news will travel and the damage to our tourism industry will occur.
This guy, well I saw him shimmy the bike on the fallen pole til he finally got it free and declared it was his gleefully. When he did get it free, it still had the lock attached to the wheel, he threw it down. “What piece of shit” he said.
As I passed the Borders at Chestnut, I was surprised that the windows were intact, but I heard that FYE did not fare so well nor did the planters didn’t do so well either. Maybe the folks in the dorm on Chestnut Street care about their neighborhood a little more than the other folks. Did you know this whole series of photos only took 15 minutes between the time I left the restaurant til this moment; and I saw just a glimpse of the damage that will leave a black eye on this City for decades. I walked the rest of the way home having gone from exhilarated to complete disgust for my some of my fellow citizens. As I looked down the side streets I could see police running, an orange glow, mail boxes, dumpsters, and a few fist fights, thanks.

Video of car being flipped at Broad & walnut: Insurance does not protect your car from riots!

I do realize this is only a small part of the overall celebration that went on throughout the tri-state area, this just happens to be my neighborhood.
Philly Future has a great wrap up of photos with lots of links to blogs:
CBS3 Van Rocked and damaged
Video from the Phila Weekly before the crazy hit:
The Broad Street party. Before it got TOO crazy.


STEPHEN STARR does it again BUTCHER & SINGER Philadelphia is Opened

Last night I went to the VIP Opening Party of Butcher and Singer (1500 Walnut St., 215-732-4444),. Unbeknown to me about the history of the name, I kept telling my day boss that I was going to Butcher and Singer tonight, and he kept saying “They’re still open?” At which point I just rolled my eyes and thought, geez he’s only like 8 years old of me and he is so not hip. Later I discovered that Butcher & Singer, along with Janney Montgomery Scott and W.H. Newbold’s Son & Co., were for decades pillars of the local brokerage community and of the business community at large. It turns out that Butcher & Singer had their offices in the building a few years back. Even so

The restaurant captures the past when you walked through these doors you will be transported back to an era that is long forgotten.
In fact at first glance B&S reminds you of the famous “Brown Derby” a landmark restaurant in Los Angeles, California frequented by celebrities during the Golden Age of Hollywood.Last night was an invite only party. Stationed at the door are the Cashman & Assocs. publicist, or gate keepers. You’d better be on their list or there will be no entry.
One of the first things I noticed when entering the restaurant was the vast huge ceilings and the vibrant but warm golden tone to the hue of the walls, oh and these huge chandeliers. Sure I had been to the Striped Bass a few times, and that was huge, but it seemed huge, this is huge but it seems comfortable and much warmer. Tailored to a broad market of patrons, Butcher and Singer strives to bring back the “power lunch,” popularize the after-work cocktail and appeal to high-stakes business dinners or romantic evenings.

Chef James Locascio discussing menu business with partners. No doubt subjects include the variety of raw and chilled seafood selections, classic appetizers and salads and a wide array of steaks and domestic lamb chops Butcher & Singer will serve.
(I was too good and didn’t even have a nibble of all the delicious food that passed my way; today though I am craving steak, now I have to go back and get a taste of their menu) UPDATE: I have now been to Butcher & Singer and recommend of course the NY Strip, and the stuffed Hash Browns, infused with sour cream. My mom loved, loved, loved the Halibut. We both enjoyed the carrot cake for desert.
In Tuesday’s Michael Klein column: November’s Philadelphia Magazine is out with a photo spread of eligible singles. Those darn deadlines. Jimmy Contreras, co-owner of Kimberly Boutique, recently became ineligible after setting up house with publicist Matthew Vlahos. They’re now “out” on their Facebook profiles.
The bar is sleek and hugs your body while you’re waiting for your table to be ready. It’s the best seat in the house, and it’s also the most private if you want it to be.

Mary Patel has some good news which she says she will allow me to break on PCC, with her is Thom Cardwell and The Philadelphia Tribune’s Bobbie BookerMartini glasses lined with sugar waiting to be served
Scott Sigman, Marybeth, Joe Barber, Susan Helfrich and Laura Burkhardt

For this party they removed about 10 tables to create this social area
Mayor Nutter greets Donna Massanova and Carol Tamburino as former Mayor Green looks on.
I really like the low booths and tables along the wall
The kitchen was hopping
Ya gotta love Monica Malpass, she has that great devilish killer smile. She’s a sweetie.

Check out the Butcher & Singer Menu’s here on Foobooz