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June 2018

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NYC Gay Pride – Unicorns, Witches, Celebrities Oh My

NYC Gay Pride – Unicorns, Witches, Celebrities Oh My

Mike and I attended our 20th NYC Gay Pride Together last Sunday.

We have the same routine. We drive into the Big Apple via the Holland Tunnel. We can always find FREE Parking in Tribeca or Soho, and then we walk up to the end of the parade in the Village (Budget Traveling Tips: we got a great price for a hotel on HotelTonight.com $140 for Cassa Times Square, with breakfast and an afternoon happy hour with a free glass of wine.
plus found parking around the corner at the only Self Parking garage. $38 for 24hrs on Spothero.com). This year though they started the parade there as they’re planning a big shindig next year for the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, which was the protest against the authority who was suppressing our community at the time. For a better understanding, check out Stonewall History


We started out at the Festival, which was packed. Mike had a coconut, which was sparse in water, but the art of opening it was fascinating to watch. $10 plus Mike tipped $3 cause that guy worked to opened it and well digits are expensive to replace.

Kate Walsh, from Greys Anatomy, and I watched the parade for about 10 minutes together. She was with her dog Rosie. Earlier she had been with friends at brunch, who were walking in the parade. Later in the day she was going grocery shopping. I took this shot on the fly.

This year I noticed a lot of folks were dressed out. I saw lots of witches, which I just didn’t understand,

a few unicorns and

plenty of pride


The loudest cheers came for the Police and later the fire units. Why LGBTQ people protest the police is beyond me. I don’t want to paint any group with a broad brush. There are always bad apples in every group.


And finally I got this very unexpected shot when these guys were posing for friends and jumped. I was standing behind the friend randomly crossing the street. I asked my readers on FB and Instagram to
Caption It – here are the winners.

Kim Walker said:  I thought it was called a “third leg”….
Jim Shulman: If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it.
Denine Gorniak:  Gotta “hand it” to the guy, he’s packing a package as long as an arm.
Thanuja Hamilton: Armed and dangerous

and the winner….

Anonymous: ‘I bet his condom fits like a glove!’


Have a great weekend, I’ll see you on Monday. It’ll be JULY already, wow.


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Tonight: Old City Eats Tonight, and Every Summer Thursday

Tonight: Old City Eats Tonight, and Every Summer Thursday

Old City is ushering in the summer season with an outdoor block party featuring eats from more than 20 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants. Then eat Thursday during the summer, restaurants will have special eats for you to enjoy during Old City Eats.

Thursday nights through August 30th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year, more than 25 restaurants and bars in the neighborhood will offer at least one half-price small plate, $4 beers, and $5 cocktails.

The block party highlighted some of food and drink specials you’ll enjoy all summer long from hots spots like High Street on Market, Royal BoucherieCapofitto, Tuna Bar, and Franklin Fountain, the celebration features lots of live music: the Nick Salcido Trio will play jazz at Sassafras, while John McGillin & Friends will play Irish music at the Plough & the Stars, and DJ Decybals will spin along with dancers from AlgoRhythm Studio at Cuba Libre. And the new Nauti Mermaid Crab House and Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar .
Michael Greenidge , Fox29 (gotta follow his instagram, he’s hysterical and he also interviews fellow cameraman), Haddy Greenidge and Mijah Greenidge
Brett Mapp, director of operations for the Old City District, Job Itzkowitz, Executive Director – ‎Old City District and Kate McGlinchey,Economic Development Coordinator – Old City  Luca Sena, Sr. and John Poulos, co-owners of Revolution House
Scott Edmunds, Patrick Hwang, Donal McCoy (owner of Sassafras) and Nick Salcido


Check out the list of all the participants HERE

Thanks to Talya Hailey for shooting this for PhillyChitChat.com. I was shooting the Rittenhouse Square Ball, did you see who wore the best dress, and OMG two women wore the same dress. Hope to see you tonight in Old City enjoying some EATS….

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Why Are Stores Closing On Walnut – Now it’s Under Armour, SIPS Spots

Why Are Stores Closing On Walnut – Now it’s Under Armour, SIPS Spots
(A reader asked me this on Monday)


Under Armour at 1529 Walnut has packed up and seemingly left in the middle of the night. My friend Mark Moyer bought something on Saturday, then went to return it on Sunday 


and they were gone; stripped all the signage and put black draping in mourning I guess, across the windows. The reason he was returning the item was he found it cheaper on the Under Armour website, and was returning it for an adjustment in the store and found it closed.


Michael Kors has also shuttered, a reader saw them moving out on Tuesday. They join other Walnut Street chains – Jack Willis, Guess (which will now house a boxing studio) and Diesel. Retail is suffering all over the country, even in NYC. Rents went too high, and people have found it’s more convenient to buy from the chains online. Hopefully rents will adjust, and Rittenhouse Row will return to it’s glory.

Also leaving town, Francesca Ruscio, to find fame and fortune in LA. Good luck girl.


SIPS is today. Last week, while attending the new Cambria Hotel opening party (Sneak Preview), I snapped this beauty of the Kimmel Center’s mezzanine level balcony packed with people sipping.
Another fun stop, is Cafe Cret along the Parkway. This week their helping kick of the Wawa Welcome America festivities, and giving you a chance to win VIP tickets to see Pitbull on July 4th.
Check out my pictures on CBSPhilly of the Wawa Welcome America Sand Sculpture at the Shops of Liberty Place


Another fun spot is Scarpetta on Rittenhouse Square. Happy Hour begins at 4PM, with DJ Eddie Tully spinning, specialty prices and delicious food for you to enjoy. Check out their $6 happy hour items 4:00pm – 7:00pm


Ralph’s Italian Restaurant is now going to have a Grab & Go shop two doors down from their fabulous restaurant. Now you can enjoy their delicious food at home, anytime. Ask for Taylor Swift’s favorite dish.
See you tomorrow, I’m going to have the Best Dressed from the Young Friends at the Rittenhouse Square Ball from Friday night.