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The Alexander Is Better Than I Ever Imagined

The Alexander Is Better Than I Ever Imagined

Welcome to Philadelphia. The 32-story. 277 unit luxury apartment building named The Alexander is complete and accepting tenants. The location is excellent as it’s a few blocks from Center City, about a 5 minute walk to the Broad Street line with Target and Whole Foods nearby.

I watched them build the new living tower on what was once a surface parking lot for many years.
It reminds me of a grand apartment building in NYC, it’s sleek and soars into the sky. Some of the apartments have balconies.
The Alexander has a garage which residents can use for additional $250 a month.
A shot of the foyer

Awesome views
PhillyChitChat photographer Mike Hirata headed over there a few weeks ago to capture the opening. I was shooting the Arts & Business Awards.
We placed photos in the media (LCP & PhillyStyle), and I always like to showcase the building’s attributes

The Alexander has studios, 1,2, 3, & 4-bedroom tri-level townhomes. The studios start around 582 square feet, and the largest townhome is 2,400 square feet. Rents start around $1,700 for a studio and go up to nearly $6,000 for a 4-bedroom, three-floor town home.

You can keep track of the traffic, and tweet out breaking news like I do about traffic


There’s an observation deck where you can get an unobstructed panoramic view of the city and a second floor terrace which has fireplaces
and grills. There’s also a co-working space, community rooms and a demonstration kitchen.

Am I in a home or on vacation?

There’s a pet washing area, bike storage and repair station, outdoor terrace with grills and couches, demonstration kitchen, coworking spaces and communal hang-out spots. A guest suite is available for residents to rent when they have visitors. There’s a kids play area too. There’s also fitness center and, Keyser’s favorite amenity, an indoor pool.

There are great views, especially this one of the Mormon Temple, which is gorgeous when lit at night
Check out their website for more information and photos


Winning Marilyn Russell, John Travolta, Michael B Jordan, Creed 2 Wraps

Winning Marilyn Russell, John Travolta, Michael B Jordan, Creed 2 Wraps

Hey Philly Chit Chatters, hope you’re well and celebrating this day with your family.


My father Hugh J Dillon, Jr (r) passed away in 2004, but not a day goes by I don’t think about him, and live by the values he instilled.  xo
Let’s see what’s happening around town.

Now this news should have been written last week, but I was crazy busy wrapping things up to get ready to go to a Press Trip to LBI, which I’ll write more about next week, but covered extensively on Social Media, forever known as SM. This week I’m headed to the shore to spend some much needed time with the family. I’ll still have entries on PhillyChitChat so definitely stop back. Anywho, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston went on an amazing press tour of their own in the weeks leading up to the release of GOTTI. A lot of people thought I was there as press but I wasn’t, I’m a member of the Philadelphia Film Society,

I love my membership in PFS, you get to watch movies with other movie buffs, get invited to special screenings, LIKE WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA, as I scream with glee. And discounted tickets to the Philadelphia Film Festival, the PFS Roxy Theater, and the Prince Theater. I did however take this “Hail Mary” shot with my IPhone with Sharon Pinkenson, The Travolta’s and a glowing Sheila Hess. Literally it was the only good shot I got and I love it!!

After the screening The Travolta’s headed to Le Virtu for an after party. Hey Tony Luke, who co-stars in the movie. He’s with his love Maria. Next to Kelly Preston is John Gotti, Jr, who wrote a book which the movie Gotti is based on. Then the producer, and then Greg Basile.

The next day there was a press junket at Dante & Luigi’s, which certainly serves up their own mob history.
Marilyn Russell did a great interview with John & Kelly and you can find it on WOGL

Speaking of Marilyn Russell, she did a Q&A with Carey Elwes, star of The Princess Bride, which celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary last year.

Marilyn might not be the Princess Bride, but she’s the Queen of the airways after winning
Philly Happening’s
2018 Best Radio Personality. Congrats girl!!

Creed 2 – that’s a wrap
WOW what a great spring for PhillyWood as Creed 2 wraps after nearly 3 months of production. In the last few weeks of filming only Michael B Jordan (above with Tee Fish at Rumor) and Tessa Thompson were on hand for scenes, most of which were filmed at the Sun Center Studios in Aston, Pa. Jordan told me he had a great time in Philly, was able to move about fairly unnoticed, except the last 3 weeks when fans realized where he was living in Old City – The Bridge. Then he moved to city

where Dolph Ludgren hung his hat. Brigitte Nielsen laid her head at Sofitel with Mrs. Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad (who didn’t go to Cosby’s trial, even though she was in town the whole time)
Jordan’s favorite eateries were D’Angelo’s (went there three times for the lasagna), Harp & Crown, Del Frisco’s and Zama. He hung out a lot at Ashton Cigar Bar, and Elbow Lane.

The Creed 2 cast Party was held June 3 at Stratus Lounge.

Congrats to Laura Miller (VP of Cashman & Co) and Jeffrey Miller for the birth of their beautiful bouncing boy Mason Hsu Miller.
Congratulations to Marla McDermott who was honored with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) recognizing @thewalnutclub for being an outstanding alliance partner over the year.

Congrats to West Laurel Hill Cemetery and Funeral HomeNow this is a great example of Farm to Table. PHS and partners built a farm on the apron of the MSB Building. A garden that will grow 1,000lbs of produce for Broad Street Ministry. WINNING!!
Have an awesome day, be kind, patient and take your time. See you tomorrow….


FringeA-Thon 2018 Is Happening Saturday at the Piazza

FringeA-Thon 2018 Is Happening Saturday at the Piazza

Dance Your Art Out at 12 Hour Dance Party FringeA-Thon by FringeArts This Saturday at Schmidts Commons 

FringeA-Thon isn’t just a fundraiser. It’s an enormous party that celebrates the power of dance to unite people of all ages and backgrounds. With Philly-favorite DJs spinning all day, an outrageous “dance mom” host, pop-up performances, dance demos, dance battles, games, giveaways, and many more surprises, FringeA-Thon is a day you’ll never forget. PS YOU HAD ME AT 80s PROM at 8PM

A variety of party-starting performers are bringing their talents to FringeAThon, an epic, outdoor dance marathon and fundraiser for FringeArts –Philadelphia’s premiere contemporary performance presenter. With different dancers, DJs, performers, trainers, musicians, and more featured hourly, there’s never a dull moment at this outrageous, 12-hour party. It all goes down at the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons on June 16th. Tickets are $35 for adults, free for children under 12 and can be purchased at
Though dancing the full 12-hours is in no way required, it’ll be hard not to move once the theme hours begin and performances get underway. Here’s just some of the fun each hour of FringeAThon has to offer:
·        NOON – Kick-Off: The day starts off with a bang with an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and a warm up led by our hosts, everyone’s favorite Bearded Lady and the mad genius behind Get Pegged Cabaret John Jarboe and Virgil Gadson of So You Think You Can Dance and Broadway’s After Midnight.

·        1PM – From Ballet to Bollywood: Watch and learn from BalletX performers, and then join us for aBollywood dance class with Philly Dance Fitness.

Look for celebrity radio, TV and media personalities from around the region will make appearances throughout the day judging contests, serving as guest emcees and even dancing! Look for WOGL’s Marilyn Russell, WDAS’s Patty Jackson, Metro’s Jennifer Logue, Mina Say What and the Power Squad Dance Team, Nicole Michalik “Nik the Web Chick” from Q102 and Iheart, Gina Gannon from 6ABC and QVC, Kristen Herrman from Ben FM and other surprise guests to be announced! Plus an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and a performances by the Super Bowl Champion, Philadelphia Eagles’ Drumline.
·        2PM – Kid Dance Battles: Get ready for Kid Dance Battles (2-4PM) with a performance by Dance Battle Master Steve Believe’s kid dancers, Hip Hop Fundamentals.

·        3PM – Beach Party: Philadelphia Spin Coalition breaks out the hula hoops! Jump into a Caribbean Hip Hop Lesson with Mel Cotton and feel those summer vibes!

·        4PM – Twist Her or Dip Her: Play Twister with John Jarboe, learn how to partner dance, and make sure you’re keeping up with Virgil Gadson’s “Move of the Hour”, so you can learn the FringeAThon dance by the end of the day.

·        5PM – Happy Hour: Get moving to live music from West Philadelphia Orchestra, a European folk band with a jazzy heritage.
(I love West Phila Orchestra. They just performed at PIFA and were so amazing.)

·        6PM – Half Time: Performances by the Super Bowl Champion, Philadelphia Eagles’ Drumline,Philly Phresh, a hip hop crew aged 7-17, and Old City Sweethearts, dancing to live jazz music.

·        7PM – Diva Hour: The Roxborough YMCA Senior Sixers will bring their all, fresh from the basketball court. Then, take the stage with your own FringeAThon team for the Diva Dance Battle!

·        8PM – 80’s Prom: Get ready to slow dance, moonwalk, and cabbage patch while you wait to find out who gets crowned Prom King and Queen.

·        9PM-11PM ­– FringeAThon Late Night: Dance the night away to beats by Cosmo Baker with performances by Virgil Gadson and G. Brunot, street hip hop crew Gungle Brothers, and voguers Xcel Dance Crew!

·        Midnight – The Final Countdown: Join us for the last few moments of fabulousness, and revel in the memories of a day spent learning, exploring, playing, moving, and of course, dancing.

As if all that excitement wasn’t enough, there will be plenty of games and giveaways as well as food and beverages on site to help you keep moving all day.

FringeAThon is more than just an enormous party. It’s a fundraiser that celebrates artistic expression and facilitates grassroots support for the arts.

Come and dance or come and watch or come and cheer everyone on! Tickets are $35 each (or under 12 is free) and every penny earned goes towards supporting FringeArts in its ongoing efforts to bring world-class performance art to Philadelphia.
For over 20 years, FringeArts has served as a catalyst for cultural and community development and can continue to do so with your help.

For tickets, team registrations, and general information, head to