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The Bridge Throws A WOW Holiday Birthday Party

Baby it’s cold outside, but it was a hot night in Old City as The Bridge Throws A WOW Holiday Birthday Party Friday night December 7, 2018 at the LEED certified, modern luxury apartment building.


From 8 to midnight, the holiday party took place in a future retail space.  There was plenty of food, libations, and live music entertainment by Rhythm Nation in the space, which the Bridge team turned into a winter wonderland.

The dress was holiday chic, and the guests did not disappoint especially Moxie stylists – Mackenzie Mclean and Stephanie Algayor

Lenrik Toval and Arturo Varela
Gabi Townsend, Alyse Scaffidi, and Lexi Scaffida

Jeffrey Brown, The developer behind The Bridge and Councilman Mark Squilla
David Zuzgao

Rising above the adjacent Ben Franklin Bridge, Bridge On Race is located at 205 Race Street, in Old City Philadelphia. Debuting in 2017, Bridge On Race has been awarded the ULI Award for Excellence by Urban Land Institute, Best New Building by Curbed Philadelphia. Bridge is surrounded by history, but it’s built to meet the innovative standards of today. The building is seeking LEED Gold certification, designed to be efficient for the environment and reduce energy costs for tenants, including smart phone control of heating and cooling. More information is available
Chelsey Scalese , Natalie Egenolf , Mike Jerrick, Kristen Rodgers and Amanda WhiteMina “SayWhat” Llona, DJ SirusFM and Boom FM, guest and Kate Marlys, Philly Pr Girl

Party Scenesters You Want To Know: Jordan Parenti and Thanuja Hamilton Moxie Blue Salon Crew

Antoinette Lee, Kali Hackett and Kamille Watson
Guests were encouraged to bring an unwrap gift to be given to a needy family through the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation
Gabe Canuso and Melinda Canuso
Model Christina Rabbitz and Chris Murphy, formerly of Fox 29, now with Fox in San Diego, who was in town to visit friends and have a good time.I ran into Dr. Dan as I waited for my Uber. He and his wife Alyssa and friends were enjoying a night out at Tuna Bar. Did you know Tuna Bar was one of Michael B Jordan’s favorite eatery while he lived at The Bridge. He often sat in the corner and just drank water as he was on a strict diet. He always left a $50 tip even though he only drank water.


M Night Shyamalan Wraps, Holiday Highlights and A Sad Goodbye

HughE Around Town: M Night Shyamalan Wraps his Untitled Project, Holiday Highlights and A Sad Goodbye

Only 16 days til Christmas. I hope you’re taking time to enjoy the holiday spirit and making memories with family and friends. That’s what’s most important during these days.

I wrote last week about M Night Shyamalan filming his yet to be titled TV series for Apple. It’s a wrap for the first 30 minute episode. Most of the episode was filmed in a studio in Garnet Valley, but as one insider told me it takes place in Philadelphia and you have to go out on the street to capture Philly as well. You’ll probably recall the horrific crash scene which took place in Rittenhouse Square, but they also filmed on the 2100 block of Spruce Street. Since this episode is set in the Fall, they added more leaves to the trees and asked residents to take down their Christmas decorations for a few days. This was a shot I took on Thursday as I was stopped at a red light at 22nd Street. It’s still the social season so I’m shot on paparazzo time. The production is on hiatus until January 2, so perhaps then I will capture another Lauren Ambrose or Rupert Grint.

Speaking about Christmas, this has got to be one of the best selfie spots in the City, inside and out. No filter was used in this shot, the place is all aglow like Rudolph’s nose so bright.
Tinsel, the seasonal pop up bar is located at 116 S 12th St; Here’s a few photos from the VIP
Party I shot earlier this week. Phila Biz Journal

Another great selfie spot, and memory maker has to be City Hall and it’s surroundings.

Congrats to Sylva Senat on his new gig at the Pyramid Club

I hadn’t been to Maggiano‘s in at least a decade. After shooting the 60th Anniversary of PIDC on Thursday night I stopped by. WOW as delicious as ever. Sometimes I forget the Italian chain restaurant, which opened a decade ago, is over at 12th and Filbert. Go try it out, you’ll love it.

A fond farewell to our friend Katie Loeb a legendary mixologist, sommelier and author, who has spent her career specializing in fresh, out-of-the-box cocktails Katie Loeb has died after a brave two year battle against cancer, with barely a peep about what was going on. When I started out in this business covering food and drink, Katie was very instrumental in helping me understand the business, explaining who the players were and introducing me to some fine people. The lights are a little dimmer in the Philly food scene now, we’ll miss her straight shooting, tell it like it is notions, peppered with a great sense of humor. God Speed my friend.


Kendall and Ben Celebrate ie Bendall, Car Accident in Rittenhouse Square, The Met

Kendall and Ben Celebrate ie Bendall, Car Accident in Rittenhouse Square, The Met

Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons put up their Christmas Tree Monday night. They both posted to their Instagrams to share the
joyous occasion. Friends tell me they were spotted at the Home Depot earlier in the day tree shopping, but that store sent them to the Cherry Hill store to pick up the tree they wanted.
So they jetted over there before heading to the Rothman rink later in the day to cap off the holiday cheer with a skate.

M. Night Shyamalan‘s thriller series at Apple began filming yesterday in Philadelphia.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple Series spent the majority of the day filming at 21st and Spruce Streets.

Last week on WOGL I chatted about the filming of “M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN” in the Rittenhouse Square area.  Shortly after Thanksgiving film set crews were adding fake leaves to the trees to make fall seem more peakish and less December. Thanks to my reader at Twitter @daveparke for sending me this photo on 11/30. Earlier in the week I had run into someone who lived nearby who told me they’d be filming in her neighborhood, so when Misteriso sent me this photo I knew exactly what it was for….

This rainy scene on Spruce Street between 21st and 22nd, as my other reader told me the scene would be about. Unfortunately I didn’t have anytime to make it to that shoot, but thankfully Camille Mola did. Thanks, how beautiful to see this.

In the evening they headed to 18th and Walnut Streets where they filmed the aftermath of a car crash. The scene has gawkers looking on as fire and rescue attend to the car and prepare it to be towed away.  M Night is the executive producer on this series, but is only directing the first episode I hear. Starring in the series is Lauren Ambrose, and Rupert Grint from Harry Potter.

The Apple series will stream free on Apple products, including Iphones.

According to Variety: The plot of the series has not been revealed, but we hear it follows parents Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean Turner ( Toby Kebbell), who have hired young nanny Leanne to help care for their newborn child. Rupert Grint(Ronald Weasley from Harry Potter) will play Julian Pearce, Dorothy’s (Ambrose) younger brother. (Grint was spotted at Joe’s Coffee shop yesterday between takes.)

Lauren Ambrose

I went for the aerial view from B&N, not so hot

The scene they were shooting. Many people in the Rittenhouse area thought it was a real crash, so movie magic was on point.
Ladder 20 from Chinatown was used in the scene, but extras played the firemen

Thanks M. Night Shyamalan for filming in the Philly area, Center City and for this shot. Most of the TV series is being filmed in the burbs, as they have replicated the entire Spruce Street location in the studio in Garnett Valley, at a new studio for our area.
Stay tune for more on PhillyWood in the future.

Congrats to The Met for it’s grand opening. We are so lucky this magnificent jewel on Broad Street was saved.
Cutting the ribbon on The Met Philadelphia are (from left) Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; City Council President Darrell L. Clarke; Emcee Miss Patty Jackson, WDAS-FM; Developer Eric Blumenfeld; Pastor Mark Hatcher, Holy Ghost Church; Billy Procida, Procida Financing and Advisors; Charlie Mack; Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President Geoff Gordon; and Oscar IV and Will Hammerstein. The newly restored Metropolitan Opera House originally designed and created by Oscar Hammerstein in 1908, is now a new 3,400-seat live music venue on the North Broad Street-section of Philadelphia, PA. The venue opened with Bob Dylan on Monday, December 3 and John Legend December 4.
Thanks to Ike Richman for sending this shot, I was bummed I couldn’t make it, but Social Season continues….