Saturday, May 14, 2011


Last night was the Arrow Swim Club opening night party. I got there a little late as I was at the DeSean Jackson Pancreatic Event at the Waterworks. Sorry for my whirlwind run through as I arrived at 830PM and thought the party was over at nine and wanted to see the club so I know I didn't get a lot of photos but I heard many people call my name. (The party was extended til 10PM so I did get a few pictures at that point.)

Arrow Swim Club is located at 1031 Germantown Ave in Northern Liberties. I was impressed by the entrance which separates the public restaurant Chenango and the fire pit lounge, from the pool activities and bar on left. I also loved the branding throughout the place of "arrow heads". Branding was everywhere on the uniforms of the servers and bartenders, light fixtures, wallpaper and even the blankets guests were given to snuggle in as they lounged by the pool.Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Assocs, co-owner of Arrow Swim Club and her public relations company, understands the importance of branding, service and comfort. With her above is sister Kayce Cashman and fiance Luke Thomas. (Bart Blatstein is the other co-owner)
The pool looking towards the ping pong tables. People wondered if there were enough lounge chairs for 1.000 members, I would say yes. The Cashman crew. Alexa Darrow, Kaitlyn McCrea, Michael Steinberg, Alex Gort
The Bar. It reminds me of a Caribbean bar or a Key West bar. Lot's of sayings on the wall that have my mind wandering after a few drinks about what it all means.
Alexa Scalzi, Jay Gatz and Marny Baxt. Marny as you may recall, ran the NYC Marathon last year and became pals with Hugh Jackman. She's a personal training and is available for hire. Very energetic. Blue wrist band means you are a pool member. Congratulations!!
The complex is much larger than what appears on line.
Tiffany and Christopher Nork. Tiffany's company "On the Spot Wellness" will be providing on the spot massages at Arrow Swim Club. The Norks are just about to become proud parents in 5 weeks. Congratulations!!
Joe Weiss and Sharon Pinkenson stylin' as usual. I said to Sharon, executive director of the Philadelphia Film Office, that I hear Leonardo DiCaprio will be making a movie in our town this summer. She feigned surprise and said no comment. She might dispute feigned surprise but you know I have a Sixth Sense.
The men's locker room. Very spacious, interesting bean bag chair/tables, nice lockers, 4 showers and ample fancy soap
Lindsay Furman, Daniel Cevallos and Sabrina Strickland
Chenango reminds me of a southwestern resort restaurant. It's very spacious and comfortable and named for the street that runs perpendicular to Arrow Swim Club. And even though it was a chilly night I felt humid as if it were in White Sands New Mexico waiting to hike the dunes.
I was wondering how much weight the hammocks could hold, they said two people could fit in them. I thought I weigh about two people and tried it out. Very comfortable. Then I remembered I didn't shoot the upstairs yet and made a not so graceful exit.
Mia Tinari-Fisher and Dave Fisher with Nina Tinari. Haven't seen them forever, but being the first peeps I saw I couldn't spend enough time with them. But they look fabulous don't they? Mia and Dave's one year anniversary must be coming up - Happy Anniversary!!

Donna O'Brien, Owner of Beautiful Blooms with Kendall Brown Candidate for Delaware County District Attorney. By this time in my head I am thinking during the day I could ride my bike there, or grab the #15 trolley that goes down Girard Ave. I think I will have lots of stories about No Libs this summer.
Upstairs has ample lounges, and nice seating areas. This is where I will be hanging out so I can seize up the scene. Although I would never take your photo unless you ask me too. I'm looking forward to working with my lap top on this couch as I answer emails and tweet to my followers about important going ons in the City. follow me
The cabana's are sweet. Nice couches, and different in each one. Probably great on rainy days too. The club still has a nice vibe even when you're not using it for a pool. There are two nice size TV's over the bar good for watching the Kardashian's on Saturday afternoon.
The upstairs lounge chairs. The upper deck has grass, think and green.
The bar area.
I really think it's beautiful. I think that if you live in No Libs and you don't have a pool, I would be surprised if you didn't join because it's so convenient. For other's it's seriously a nice swim club, and there's much to do here besides swim, there's the sun, the ping-pong tables, hammocks, food, a bar, networking, wi-fi, movie night, cocktail night, yoga and looks like a lot of fun. I spent the summers down the shore and know very well that feeling of being in an oasis separated from my normal day to day life, I really felt it here at Arrow Swim Club. A mini vacation right in the City.
All the way down to the quirky paintings on the wall. I hear Arrow Swim Club has a payment plan now.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Philly Chit Chat Buzz: Quiznos, Bernie Parent, Steven Spielberg & Esperanza Spalding

Quiznos Subs across the street from City Hall has closed as well as the little Italian Lunch Spot 2 stores down. What gives?
The Rittenhouse Square Ball is June 16, 2011. This year the Ball committee wants to offer you the use of the tent for your event if it can be held on the following two days. It's a bargain. Nothing makes an event more memorable or special as a night under the stars in this truly stunning white party tent! And on June 17 or 18, it can be yours to hold an event of your own. Perfect for weddings and special occasions. Please call 267-586-5675 or email for more information.

Questlove is the new cupcake, he's everywhere:

Tonight: Questlove "Live in Philadelphia" @ The Blockley, Weds, 5/11, 9PM. $15. RSVP to @215Chris for Discount Tickets/Guest-list

Sunday: Laiya St. Clair "Inside The Studio" with Ahmir Questlove Thomspson 7PM at Warmdaddy's

6/14/11 - The Vetri Foundation for Children and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation announces ?UESTLOVE of The Roots as the official DJ of the Sixth Annual Great Chefs Event AFTER PARTY! To attend both the Great Chefs Event and the After Party, which is for the chefs, sponsors & VIP ticket holders For all ticket purchases check out

After the Marian Anderson Award on Tuesday night where Mia Farrow received this years honors, a few of the participants, Mia Farrow, Carly Simon, and Esperanza Spalding hung out at the Liberté bar in the Sofitel Hotel.

Hamels Foundation
We are proud to announce that Grammy winning, country artist Martina McBride will be performing at our annual Diamonds & Denim Event Aug 11

Q&A/Lunch With Flyers Legend Bernie Parent At Morton's Steakhouse Philadelphia! Morton's has been hosting a series of "Lunch With The Legends", and Tuesday May 10 brought out a nice crowd, some wearing vintage Bernie Parent game shirts with his number "1", which was retired October 11, 1979.
Monday night Steven Spielberg, Founder of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, presented Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s highest honor—the Ambassador for Humanity Award. Roberts was recognized for his visionary leadership and philanthropic works in education and technology at the Institute’s annual gala, held May 9, at the Philadelphia Loews Hotel . Jon Bon Jovi, a longtime supporter of the Institute and of Comcast and Roberts’ philanthropic work, was special musical guest for the evening. Serving as gala Co-Chairs are Stephen A. Cozen, Founder and Chairman of Cozen O'Connor, and longstanding member of the Institute’s Board of Councilors, along with his wife, Sandy. Sharon Moore of Moore Events decorated the room.
Jon Bon Jovi and Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie
Bon Jovi performed a few songs solo
Steven Spielberg, Brian Roberts and Jon Bon Jovi at the event. (Filmmagic took these shots as the media was limited to this event per Spielberg. But Team Derek tells me that he was gracious at the Jewish National Museum and signed autographs and posed for photos for fans and press there.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FAIRMOUNT RESTAURANT SCENE: Fare Opens 5/26 & Luigi's Buys Old City Restaurant.

Saturday I was walking by much anticipated new restaurant Fare in Fairmont, which co-owner David Orphanides told me about last year when I met him at the Red Cross Ball.David is looking forward to the day the long planned restaurant is finally opened, pencil the date in your calendar as May 26, 2011, "along with my two business partners, Savvas Navrosidis and Andy Siegel. Also have a terrific chef, Tim Bellew, and GM, Robert Amar, without any of which the execution of the concept would not have been possible."
According to their blog the restaurant is going to be very simply, simple. "We decided to keep things simple. Tim was right all along. He usually is. Healthy. It is all about eating healthy and balanced. And David is right. It is about using organic, local, sustainable and crafted. And, yes, we agree that this will be a restaurant with a good bar."
The dining room is beautiful and simple in design
To read more about Fare check out their website HERE

I stopped by my favorite pizza place in the world, including Ray's in NYC, which used to be my favorite b4 Luigi's, anyway the powers in charge tell me that they will be opening a Luigi's in Margate at 9414 Ventnor Ave in the coming weeks as well as taking over Bocca 236 in Old City and will be opening an Italian restaurant called Lulu. Look for them to do a little remodeling first. In just a few short years they've opened restaurants in Marlton, Philly and Burlington, soon Margate and Old City will be on the menu.


BRADLEY COOPER was in town Sunday (MOTHER'S DAY) through Tuesday visiting his family and promoting his new movie Hangover 2. I love love love that a celeb of his stature comes back to Philly to promote his movie for our local stations and god knows he hit them all Monday. I decided to sleep in since I had just photographed him 2 months ago for Limitless, which I loved.
Monday he ate at R2L and chatted with Chef Daniel Stern. Thought you might like this sexy tussled look. Wait is he slouching, OMG he is not perfect, it's just like what Us Magazine says, he's just like us, well me. Mom always said HughE stop slouching.
The next day, Tuesday I got a tip that Bradley Cooper was eating lunch at Stephen Starr's Parc, outside, with his mother, but he was actually eating with
mom, friends and his driver. This was about 1PM. That is a long table he is at, if you know Parc's that is about 3 tables as they are such cute intimate settings. He definitely called ahead for a prime lunchtime spot, these spaces just don't open up on a beautiful day.
Yoga moves. Bradley pays the check and gives the waiter a big ass smile and probably a big ass tip cause he had to pull out his calculator to figure it all out. He's just like me, I can't add for nada.
What up with this jacket Bradley? BTW I love shooting paparazzi style. Normally I would have gotten a little closer, but in all honesty he was with his mom and I just didn't want to disturb their lunch so I shot with my tele-lens. I got a few good shots later as you will see that I sent up to my agency, and I will send the story to my contacts at the glossy gossip mags, but there was no reason for me to shoot in a way that he could see me and I would ruin their time together.
I couldn't figure out where they were going? Were they waiting for someone to drive up with the car?
Nope he was going to walk in the park. Maybe for old time sakes. This was about 1:10PM.
Opps he saw me, I guess I'm kinda hard to miss. I watched where he was going, was he walking to the Rittenhouse Hotel? Again I didn't do anything crazy, the park was PACKED and I really didn't want to disturb the beauty of the day.
As you can see, he walked passed the packed benches with a lot of lunch goers and nobody noticed him, especially with that ugly WINTER JACKET ON! I guess 75F is cold to this transplanted California boy.
That guy in the red had a perfect shot had he just noticed the A List star wandering by. His mom and sister have now dropped back. There's a good chance he told them thatThe driver looks over and gives me a smile. Probably thinking "I might be on TMZ tomorrow", cause he sees me juggle my little video camera too. (I'm saving that for my NBC Philly Non-Stop TV show cause he did something & I'm holding that little nugget back.)
So no one was near him now, there's a good chance he saw me and wanted a solo shot cause he's a pro at getting press (it could all be in my head too.) By this time I could tell that he was going to walk right by where I was standing, and most photographers would have run out in front and shot. Again I just really didn't want to disturb the park or him. I got a couple shots that I felt were unique and told the story, and heck I really just was enjoying the fact that he was walking through the park undisturbed. (The artistic side of me loves this shot as it's solo, besides him is the statue "Tribute of Love", and there are two lovers on a park bench. He's solo these days. Anyone wanna date him?)
As you can see by this picture he really did set it up so I could get solo shots. Now the Boyfriend is walking behind him to his left and everyone is spread out. I've discussed this before when I shot Sammi Jo, Jamie Foxx, Dev Patel and Kendra in other shots where their entourage steps to the side so that I could get a solo shot, but again I really just didn't know what would happened if I started shooting him and people would notice it was him. Would the girls start running after him like the Beibs? Although for him to walk towards me like that it might have been a missed opportunity. What do you think?
He seems to be wondering what kind of paparazzi was I? "Smuck, I need some press man cause my film's gonna drop and well you know how sequels go, they are usually just cash cows cause folks didn't want to see the first movie end; we just hope the first weekend cleans up or we're gonna be the next SATC Part 2."Wait is it me or is Bradley wearing the same shirt as yesterday? Such a guy, I think he is wearing the same blue shirt as the one in the R2L photo from the day before? Well, maybe he knows he looks hot in blue and has a dozen of those shirts? (I have a dz black shirts.)
Now the slow speed chase takes itself near 19th & Walnut. Let's go over this, they entered in the middle of the block on 18th Street, hung a left towards the center, made a right through the center, made a right towards 19th Street and walked along Walnut Street towards 18th Street
and stopped near the SUV across the street from Barnes & Noble. Hmm
This shot was kinda heart breaking as he says goodbye to his mom. He's now in Toronto promoting the film which drops May 26. PS Ohhhh sorry to my lunch date for being 30 minutes late. PSS Those celebs like Parc, R2L & Del Friscos.