One of Us: Bart Blatstein, Developer

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Bart Blatstein. But that’s not my legal name. Bart is short for Barton, but I haven’t used Barton since first grade, for obvious reasons.

I am a … real estate developer with few hobbies. My golf game is so bad that my hobby is real estate development. I’m the worst golfer at my golf club. They all laugh at me.

I bought my first property … on May 15, 1978 — a very small three-story rowhouse shell in Queen Village. It was the result of me not getting into medical school. I had to pursue something.

I live in … Montgomery County, but we’re moving back to Philly next year. We’re empty nesters, and it’s time to transition. Read more »

Alex Capasso Hires Famed Mob Lawyer for Child Porn Defense

Defense attorney Joseph Santaguida in 1999 (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

Defense attorney Joseph Santaguida in 1999 (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

Attorney Joseph Santaguida‘s clients have included some of Philadelphia’s most notorious defendants, from “Skinny” Joey Merlino, who considers the South Philadelphia born-and-raised Santaguida to be a father figure, to founders of the Junior Black Mafia. And now he can add to that list Alex Capasso, the Philadelphia chef whose July arrest in a child pornography sting continues to stun the local restaurant community and his partners in Rittenhouse restaurant Crow & the Pitcher. Read more »

How Philadelphia Created Billy Joel

Photo by Don Huntstein for CBS

Billy Joel in 1973, one year after his pivotal Philadelphia performance. | Photo by Don Huntstein for CBS

Billy Joel has released just one studio album in the past 20 years — a 2001 recording of his classical compositions that you’ve likely never heard. Yet when he takes the stage in Philadelphia on August 13th, he’ll do so at Citizens Bank Park in front of some 40,000 fans and play through his repertoire of modern American classics. He’s a true star, and one with a fiercely loyal following. But it wasn’t always that way.

Back in 1971, Joel was a no-name 22-year-old from Long Island. In November of that year, he released his first album, Cold Spring Harbor, which got virtually no attention or airplay. Then one day in 1972, local music producer Dennis Wilen, who had launched a live WMMR concert series from Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios, got wind of Joel during a visit to New York and invited him to do a show. Read more »

Warning: Do NOT Rent a House From This Guy

Harry Moore in a photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department.

Harry Moore in a photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department.

If you’ve ever rented a home before on Craigslist, it probably went something like this…

Step #1: Tour the home.
Step #2: Give the landlord a deposit.
Step #3: Move in.

Well, in the case of 8082 North Fayette Street in Northwest Philadelphia, multiple prospective tenants got to Step #2 but never quite made it to Step #3, thanks to alleged scammer Harry Moore, seen here. Read more »

5 Questions for Reading-Raised Magician Wayne Hoffman

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Name your biggest magical influence.
Growing up, the only guy on the scene really was David Copperfield. I saw him on TV, and he gave me a glimmer of hope that one day I could travel the world and freak people out.

Will you make the Statue of Liberty disappear at the Taj?
Most of the show is geared toward mentalism and psychological stunts. You’re not going to see cliché illusions like women floating or being sawn in half.

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Woman Attacked on Passyunk Avenue in Queen Village

The suspect in a Queen Village attack (Photo via Philadelphia Police Department)

The suspect in a Queen Village attack (Photo via Philadelphia Police Department)

Note: This piece originally reported that the woman was sexually assaulted, based on information provided by police. The police have since clarified the nature of the attack.

The Philadelphia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify the man seen in this surveillance photo. He is wanted for an attack in Queen Village. Read more »

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