January 6, 2016 |
Willie Giampalmi was a busy man, but he liked it that way. He worked for 40 years as a delivery truck driver for the Philadelphia Daily News, but at the same time, he was a doorman for a tavern in Milmont Park, Delaware County. And after he retired from the Daily News in the mid-'80s, he wasn't about to sit still. He went to work at the Clayton Park Golf Course for 30 more years, working in the clubhouse. And, oh, yes, he also volunteered as a delivery man for Meals on Wheels.
November 30, 2015 |
Manhattan doormen are famous for being completely discreet and non-judgmental. Somebody just needs to tell mine that. My doorman is totally judgmental. He's the most opinionated man I've ever met, and he never holds fire. He's a macho Dominican man who can throw drag-queen levels of shade. And I love him. You know how everyone needs that friend who tells it to you straight? He's mine. My girlfriends don't tell me the truth - they flatter me and build me up, and I love that about them.
November 9, 2015 |
Back when the Latham was the Latham - the place to be - back when presidents and starlets strolled through the marble lobby, Joe Broderick was always there to open the door. He was hired as a doorman, but from the start, Broderick was always something closer to a concierge. Before all the big joints came to town, you had to stay at the Latham Hotel and you had to ask for Joe. Joe would take care of you. Whatever the situation. Restaurant reservations. Tickets to the latest show. Tickets to an Eagles game.
August 22, 2014 |
THE BIG GUY with the imposing dreads and the fierce demeanor at the door of the nightclub could be intimidating - if you didn't know him. But as those regulars who got to know Oronde Gibson could tell you, he was a "lovable bear. " Oronde was the manager and guardian of the door at the former Club Fluid on South 4th Street, a nightclub popular with fans of hip-hop, soul and rap, delivered by exuberant DJs, who made the records shriek like bouncing banshees. The crowd loved it. By midnight, the small dance floor was jammed, you had to wait in line to get a drink and the noise level was just this side of unbearable.
May 17, 2012 |
The dapper doorman did not set out to class up the city single-handedly with his blinding-white nylon gloves. But since he has, and since I asked, Leroy Mickens II shares that the key to that gleam is a nightly soak in Dawn detergent, a morning scrub (one gloved hand washing the other), and air drying. "I have eight pairs, so I always have a spare with me if they get dirty," Mickens says between taking requests from guests at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel across from City Hall.
November 11, 2010 |
WHERE IS Lawrence Bernard? Is the mentally ill man OK? Those questions have gnawed at Theodora Landgren since Sept. 25, when she witnessed what she says was the "brutal" treatment that Bernard suffered at the hands of Philly cops. "I saw it from beginning to end - I hope I never see anything like that again," says Landgren, who has filed a complaint with the police Internal Affairs Bureau about the incident. Bernard, 47, a homeless denizen of the Rittenhouse Square area, is "clearly mentally ill - a 2-year-old could see that," says Landgren, 65, who lives in the Rittenhouse Plaza, at 19th and Walnut streets, where she's on the co-op's board of directors.
September 9, 2010
El Conquistador! A brilliant, funny, wildly theatrical show about Latin American soap operas (telenovelas). Thaddeus Phillips (who created this with Tatiana Mallarino and Victor Mallarino), is the only live actor onstage (if you don't count his beloved potted plant). He plays Polonio, a poor Colombian farmer who goes to the glamorous big city and becomes a doorman for an apartment building called Nuevo Mundo. Considering that the show begins in 1492, and then skips ahead 515 years, the whole idea of "New World" is slyly politicized, and further complicated when one of the building's tenants (we see them through the intercom camera each time they call the doorman)
April 28, 2009 |
It may lack Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and New York City elan, but Conshohocken is about to get a Manhattan staple: a doorman. Next to the scene of the devastating fire that destroyed 189 apartment units on the Schuylkill waterfront in August, work is progressing on what developer J. Brian O'Neill says will be the region's "most luxurious" apartment complex. Although luxurious and Conshohocken have rarely appeared in the same sentence in the town's 159-year history, O'Neill promises that when the building opens by the end of the year, it will have all the candy - from a $5,000-a-month furnished unit to granite countertops to that front-door attendant.
February 11, 2006 |
Jeff is an apartment-house doorman, and he may as well be stuck in the door he spends all night guarding. Maybe his life is getting better because at least he has the ruthlessly boring doorman job, having been ejected from the Navy for smoking weed, then losing lots of money on a stupid bet. But mostly, he's stuck, and too smart and glib for his own good, and coated all over with naivete. Or is he just a down-to-earth, honest guy who respects the truth? Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, in which Jeff is the prime character, is absorbing in a paragon of a production by the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio.
October 27, 2005 |
While an undergraduate at Amherst College, Patrick Fitzgerald spent his summers as a doorman at luxury apartment buildings on Manhattan's Upper East Side. He wasn't always treated well by the elite who lived there, and it made an impression on the future prosecutor. Fitzgerald isn't in awe of the rich and the powerful, friends say. That trait is coming in handy. Fitzgerald's probe into who outed a CIA officer has led him inside the White House. Now, almost two years after he was tapped to lead the investigation, he appears poised to bring indictments, perhaps against some of the most influential players in Washington.