July 26, 2014 |
Over the last several months, architects, interior designers, and buyers for glamorous brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, W Hotels, and Restoration Hardware have all been making the same pilgrimage - to a decidedly unglamorous corner of Kensington. Their destination, hidden incongruously within a Philadelphia Electric Co. substation that dates to 1921, is the American Street Showroom, a dreamy, steampunk fantasyland of high-end furnishings and refurbished flea-market finds that blurs the line between retail and exhibition space, gallery and retreat.
May 8, 2011 |
DUBLIN - If President Obama brings his daughters when he visits here in a few weeks for business, sightseeing, and family history, he probably won't have much trouble keeping Malia and Sasha interested and amused. For the rest of us, though, it can be tough capturing our children's attention with tales of Irish history and brooding castles. The rollicking pubs are out, along with the distilleries and breweries, and the incessant rain doesn't help. But on my visit to the Emerald Isle last summer with my wife and daughter, 19, we found some family-friendly attractions, thanks to our distant cousins.
March 4, 2010 |
Much is made of the military utility of high ground. Less so - in these parts, at least - of the giddy tonic of dining in the clouds. Or scoring a crow's-nest lounge seat on the occasion of the setting sun, the sky going tangerine, then dusky pink. Perhaps it's because in Philadelphia, where a gentlemen's agreement long capped building heights below the brim of Billy Penn's hat atop City Hall, there's little experience with the concept, and no general reserve of civic memory.
May 13, 2007 |
Gay pride had long been second nature to New Hope when Daniel Brooks decided to organize the first weekend celebration four years ago. The historically diverse town had established itself as an asylum of open-mindedness, but for some younger people in the gay community, New Hope was a mystery. "I'd be in my gym in New York and invite people to come down," said Brooks, owner of the Wishing Well Guesthouse in New Hope. "They'd say, 'Where's that?' " That often repeated question spurred Brooks into action.
May 14, 2000 |
"I feel my heart brimming over like an eye full of tears," the woman sings, and despite her glamour and a sense that she must be more a breaker of hearts than the other way around, you truly believe her. Close your eyes and you feel transported to another time, the Kit Kat Club of Cabaret fame or a small nightclub in the Greenwich Village of the 1950s. Open your eyes and you see cigarette smoke drifting lazily upward as black-clad, beatniklike waiters and waitresses snake among the small, round tables.
October 7, 1997 |
"I've done whatever plastic surgery I'm gonna do, and we're not even gonna talk about it. " - The ever-more-glamorous Courtney Love, leaving us to speculate Sitcom star Tim Allen is always hollering how he needs "More power!" Well, he got it, baby, $1,250,000 worth. The "Home Improvement" star has reportedly closed a deal to make $1.25 million per episode of the show next season, which could make the comedian the highest-paid sitcom performer on TV. Jerry Seinfeld, who infamously wrestled $1 million per episode from his show's producers earlier this year, now appears to be working for chump change.
April 25, 1997 |
Melissa Manchester is the first to concede she isn't the songwriter she was when her career got started in the early '70s. If she hadn't written those songs then, they never would have been written. Manchester is not, after all, the same person she was back then. "You have to understand that I was 17 when I began writing songs," Manchester said before her opening last night at Resorts' Superstar Theatre. "What I was doing had little to do with craft. The songs just came gushing out. It was like a stream of consciousness.
December 13, 1996 |
Most of us measure the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas in cash outflow and caloric intake. Kathy and David, attractive New Yorkers in a relationship that flickers off and on like holiday lights, measure the season in volts. Will their couplehood burn steady or burn out? For the two anxious years that the pretty animator and the part-time English teacher have been together and apart, the question has suffocated them. Breathing Room, a modest but amiable romantic comedy from rookie director Jon Sherman, is about the prelude to their final solution.
November 6, 1995 |
For as long as I can remember, I have been awaiting the millennium. Now, at last, it approaches. Last week, I watched the new noir thriller "Strange Days," set in Los Angeles, where a sadistic killer is on the loose on New Year's Eve 1999. In the final scene, thousands of people gather in the downtown canyons to party through the end of the century, amid signs of the apocalypse: A man dances with a death mask and scythe. The faithful announce the Rapture. But as the "Big 2000" is ushered in with fireworks and confetti, the killer meets his end spectacularly and punctually.
October 12, 1995 |
Two charitable organizations are battling over the use of the word Rainbow. And although both sides say they want an amicable resolution, that may be as unlikely as the proverbial pot of gold at the end. On Monday, Rainbow Foundation, a Monmouth County charity that helps ailing children in New Jersey, sent a "cease and desist" order to Rainbow Card Foundation. The Rainbow Card Foundation finances causes important to the gay and lesbian community, including AIDS and breast cancer research.