July 10, 2015 |
If you are a Master-of-the-Universe developer like Philly's Bart Blatstein, it's nothing to embark on a spur-of-the-moment jaunt to Nashville and Austin, Texas, and return from the two-night westward excursion with a crystalized concept for a long-struggling Atlantic City property you recently acquired. That, in a nutshell, is the story of T Street, the first phase of The Playground, the ocean-straddling entertainment complex that Blatstein and his partner, acclaimed casino architect Paul Steelman, believe represents a crucial step forward in Atlantic City's post-casino-industry-collapse era. It's located on the site of what was most recently the failed Pier Shops at Caesars, a mostly high-end shopping mall that was a victim of, among other things, Atlantic City's devastation from legal gambling in neighboring states.
June 3, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - As ominous clouds continue to swirl over this seaside resort's finances and its 37-year monopoly on gaming in the state under direct threat, developer Bart Blatstein on Monday unveiled the entertainment, food, and beverage providers supporting the Playground, the ambitious shopping, dining, and music emporium set to open July 4. Bonfire Entertainment out of Philadelphia, which books the Electric Factory, among others, will provide...
April 14, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The pep in Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's step and his wide grin were beguiling. He had just acquired the four-story Pier Shops at Caesars - an underperforming, vacancy-ridden mall that sits nearly empty on most days - and yet he acted like he'd just won the lottery. "Tremendous real estate," he said of his latest canvas that juts out over the ocean. Blatstein is set to plunk down $50 million of his own money - not including the $2.7 million he paid to buy it - to breathe new life into the mall and make it Atlantic City's must-go-to attraction.
April 3, 2015 |
PREDICTING THE project will be "the greatest success of my career," Philly-based uber-developer Bart Blatstein didn't just unveil his plans for the long-beleaguered Pier Shops at Caesars shopping mall yesterday, he put his professional reputation on the line. "I've never failed in my career, I've never not picked an area that was going to turn around," Blatstein told an audience filled with political and business leaders at a lavish event held at the four-story complex that juts out over the Atlantic Ocean from the Boardwalk opposite Caesars Atlantic City casino-hotel.
April 6, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Hundreds of union members and their supporters marched in Memphis on the 45th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., calling for a new commitment to human-rights causes. With the march and a dedication ceremony Thursday, they honored King and the sanitation workers strike that brought him to Memphis, where he was assassinated in 1968. In a light drizzle, more than 1,000 marchers wore T-shirts with union logos and held signs saying "We are Memphis" or bearing the slogan for the 1968 strike: "I am a man. " Participants came from as far as Louisiana, California, and New York.
March 19, 2006 |
When I lost my job and the love of my life in one fell swoop, I did what I knew best: I hit the road. It had been almost a year since I'd traveled for pleasure, and for me, staying put was unusual. But the demands of middle management and planning a wedding left me with little time or money to leave town. My wanderlust was temporarily put on hold. It was oh-so-tempting to continue mourning from my living-room sofa, which I had been doing day in and day out for about two weeks.
April 17, 2005 |
Moving to a slow, steady beat, Kenny Gamble is working on a new variation of his 1974 hit song "For the Love of Money. " That song - with its familiar refrain of money, money, money sung by the O'Jays - was written by Gamble and longtime collaborator Leon Huff, and recorded in their Philadelphia International Records studio on South Broad Street. Recently, the tune has been popularized again as the theme of Donald Trump's TV show The Apprentice. Today, Gamble wants to exploit the music he and countless other Philadelphia artists made for another purpose: creating an attraction that will make out-of-towners want to stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, hear live music, and learn something about the city's rich African American heritage in rhythm and blues, jazz, blues, soul and rock music.
November 12, 2003 |
Around 2 a.m. in Memphis, people sing soulfully loud as they pour from the blues clubs and the lights go off on Beale Street. They sing, unabashed, to the night. Some may be drunk; most are not. But they've all been intoxicated by the blues. I don't think people will necessarily sing into the Philadelphia night when they leave the Prince Music Theater, even though they've been hearing the blues all evening. First off, they have been sitting in a theater, more formal than a Memphis blues joint, and Chestnut Street is not Beale Street.
August 2, 2003 |
Would rock-and-roll even exist without Sam Phillips? Of course it would. Unstoppable forces were at work in post-World War II America, and so much wild-eyed talent was waiting to be unleashed, that the goings-on at Phillips' Memphis Recording Service on July 5, 1954 - the night Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black set "That's All Right" afire - merely lit the fuse on a youth-culture powder keg that was ready to blow. But in the music's crucial early years, when Memphis was ground zero for the collision of black and white styles from the rural South, there was no more pivotal figure in facilitating the global revolution to come than Phillips, who died Wednesday of respiratory failure in Memphis.
June 7, 2002 |
With heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis set to defend his titles against Mike Tyson tomorrow night, boxing fans and gawkers congregated outside the Memphis Cook Convention Center on Main Street, where the boxers weighed in yesterday. Groups appeared to arrive in shifts, and there was a crowd milling around all day long. "I'm here because I wanted to see if I could catch one of them or both of them down here," said Sherita Foster, 28, a student at the University of Memphis who brought along a camcorder.