August 25, 2015 |
Look no further than the blueprints to his Rittenhouse Square mansion to glimpse the appetite and aptitude of Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein. He is building a megahouse, a gravity-defying playground as unconventional as the onetime Northeast Philadelphia rowhouse boy whose brass and vision have made him one of the city's premier wheeler-dealers. What was, for three decades, the vacant McIlhenny Mansion is now a three-story-deep hole that will hold a tennis court, glass-floored balcony and half-court basketball court.
August 23, 2015 |
Bob Rose said he had tried but figured there was no shot. He and a partner book shows each summer on the Ocean City Music Pier. Before each season, he talks with city officials and residents about which acts they'd like to see. This year, someone suggested the Beach Boys. "I'm thinking, 'Yeah, right,' " Rose said. "So I talked to my partner, and he decided to pursue it, and, lo and behold, [the Beach Boys] liked the idea of playing in Ocean City. When you're pitching 'America's Greatest Family Resort,' you can't think of a better band than the Beach Boys.
August 22, 2015 |
Singer/guitarist Mike Ness started his hard-core rock-roots ensemble Social Distortion in Fullerton, Calf., in 1978. It took a dozen years to forge its first classic, their namesake major-label debut of 1990. With its cranky mix of California punk, rockabilly, tough country, and taproom rock and roll telling rotted-out stories of addiction and salvation, Ness and company formed the template for many a Social Distortion (and solo Ness) album to follow. Celebrating 25 years of Charles Bukowski barfly-esque, sauced-up sound was worth a night out Wednesday on the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.
July 3, 2015 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - Some days on the fishing pier, all you catch is a breeze, some sunburn and bloodworm guts on your pants. No matter how much you emulate the old-timers, copying their baits and mimicking their little twitches with the rod, sometimes you just haul in seaweed while "Harold the cement guy," "Father Frank" and "Kenny the cop" are killing kingfish left and right. That's why they call it "fishing, not catching," one saying goes. If that one doesn't make a flustered fisherman feel better, the regulars and ringers who can't seem to miss a fish will tell you "a day out fishing always beats a day at work" and that's hard to argue against - unless you're Lou Kanter.
May 6, 2015 |
A company bought a parcel beside Waterfront Square towers along the Delaware River and plans a residential development at site, the broker who handled the deal announced Monday. Michael Barmash of Colliers International said in a statement that Pier 35 1/2 - same name as the site - acquired the 2.13-acre tract from SA Group Properties on April 29. Barmash did not immediately return a phone message regarding pricing details and specifics about the buyer's plans. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
April 20, 2015 |
In what could signal an energy corridor south of the Walt Whitman Bridge, a Houston energy-transportation company has signed a long-term lease with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to ship dry bulk commodities - initially fertilizer - into Pier 122, a strategic finger pier on the Delaware River between Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and the proposed Southport Marine Terminal at the eastern end of the Navy Yard. US Development Group L.L.C., which primarily uses rail to move liquid hydrocarbons such as crude oil and ethanol from producers to end users, such as refineries, is taking over a 20-year lease from Growmark Inc., a Midwestern agricultural co-op that ships imported fertilizer through the Camden port and ultimately to U.S. farmers.
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 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein paid a visit to this city Wednesday with his usual swagger as a doer vs. a talker. With more than 30 years as a developer, he boasted, he's done a lot on the other side of the river transforming neighborhoods, such as Northern Liberties, with hip restaurants and new housing behind his company, Tower Investments Inc. Now Blatstein has his sights on a down-on-its-luck, moribund high-end mall -...
March 15, 2015 |
Running one mile at full speed isn't an easy task. I've done it, and almost vomited upon finishing each time. If you want to take on that sprint challenge - and ratchet up the difficulty level - head to Wildwood for an event simply called Beach Mile, to be held July 18. It's a first-year event. "Running on the beach is not easy. We didn't want to make it something too long that all ages wouldn't come out," said Jason Merola, events specialist at Morey's Piers, which is cosponsoring the race with the Sports Conditioning Institute of Bergan County, N.J. Organizers went back and forth between a half-mile race and full-mile race and settled on a mile so that "it will still appeal to competitive people," Merola said.
February 26, 2015 |
More from Bart Blatstein's Atlantic City adventure: On Tuesday, some tenants of the beleaguered Pier Shops came forward to blast Caesars for challenging whether the Philadelphia businessman has the right to redevelop the half-empty former luxury mall that juts out over the ocean. Blatstein, considered the mastermind behind the revival of Northern Liberties, paid $2.7 million in November to assume the mall's leases and has big plans for the place, but Caesars Atlantic City is withholding its approval.