Police Seek Information About Possible Homophobic Attack at 15th and Walnut Last Night

UPDATE, 9 p.m.: This evening I spoke with Caryn Kunkle, one of the first people to post on social media about the attack. She says she has been long-time friends with both victims. Although she was unwilling to provide their names, she did tell me that the men are 30 and 31 and described them as “tall, masculine-looking dudes.” Kunkle said the men were walking home when a group of approximately eight to ten young people bumped into them. After a very brief verbal confrontation where one of the attackers asked if the men were boyfriends, the group physically struck.

“It went from 0 to 100 miles per hour,” she said. “They were calling them ‘fucking faggots’ and everything.”

According to Kunkle, one of the victims fractured both his cheekbones and jawbone, and has a 2-inch laceration from his nose to inside his lip; he is scheduled to go into surgery Sunday morning.

Kunkle also said that the Special Victims Unit is involved and that they should be issuing a statement within the next several days.

ORIGINAL: According to posts on Facebook and Twitter earlier today, a gay couple were attacked by a gang of eight to 12 people at 15th and Walnut streets at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday night:

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The 5 Pieces We Want Most at the New Vince Store on Walnut Street

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It’s heeeeere.

Every fashion girl in the city let out a cheer when Vince finally opened its Rittenhouse doors last week. To finally rid Walnut Street of the long-faded gaudy glory of Juicy Couture was a relief. To hear that it was being replaced by the simple luxury of Vince was nearly impossible to comprehend. It was like discovering your smelly slob of a neighbor was moving out and Ryan Gosling was moving in.

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Retail News: Calypso St. Barth is Coming to Walnut Street

Image via Calypso St. Barth.

Images via Calypso St. Barth.

The folks over at Racked Philly just reported that Calypso St. Barth is set to open on Walnut Street before the end of the month. The women’s brand is known for its luxury resort-style wear (read: lots of flowy, colorful pieces) and it’s reported that the store will also stock an array of exotic home furnishings. We just perused the brand’s website and their pseudo-bohemian looks have us seriously excited.

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May Theater Guide: What’s Opening On Stages This Month in Philadelphia

Our guide to what’s happening on Philly stages in May.



Looking for something else? We’ve compiled a good list of local events happening now through June in our Philadelphia Event Listings. Check it out here.

Morning Headlines: Is 1911 Walnut Doomed?

Screenshot via Google Street View.

Screenshot via Google Street View.

Last December the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that Toll Brothers Inc. was interested in the long-vacant — loooong vacant — property at 1911 Walnut Street. The luxury homebuilder’s plans for the undeveloped site included a 50-story tower for condos and hotel and retail space, which made sense for Rittenhouse Square.

Except now, they’ve pulled out.

PBJ’s Natalie Kostelni says the Toll Bros. have decided to walk away from the project for reasons for which are, as of press time, unknown. More from the Journal: Read more »

Morning Headlines: Slow Start on Walnut Street Paid Off

Photo credit: Google Street View

Photo: Google Street View

Before property owners considered modern loft-like office spaces with the enthusiasm they do today, there was Chuck Block. Five years ago, the manager of the Bedrock Group bought the eight-story former Rosenbluth building at 24th and Walnut and gutted it with the intention of creating untraditional, open office spaces.

The results of $10.5 million job for the 160,000-square-foot, Schuylkill-side building were an open floor plan, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows for an abundance of natural light; exposed ceilings and polished concrete floors for an industrial look; and green roof, cistern, and other sustainable design elements for LEED certification.

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This Just In: Vince is Opening on Walnut Street

Photo via Vince.

Photo via Vince.

The folks over at Racked Philly just confirmed those pesky rumors that’s we’ve been hearing for some times now: Vince is coming to Walnut Street. Slated for a summer 2014 opening, the brand will be moving into the corner lot at 1701 Walnut Street currently occupied by Juicy Couture.

What to expect: updated classics in timeless shades (their spring collection has a ton of beige and navy). Their pieces transition seamlessly from work to play with shift dresses and silky minimalist blouses (read: perfect for summer). As one co-worker puts it, it’s all the classics—but better.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Vince. Now about that buttery soft leather moto jacket you’ve got out for spring….

Details, Renderings of Luxury Apartments at 1616 Walnut

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The exquisite Art Deco onetime-commercial building at 1616 Walnut Street will, by April, be the exquisite Art Deco now-residential building called ICON (all caps, it seems) — 206 luxury apartments, 160 parking spaces and the 23,000 square feet of retail space that was there already.

The apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms, with penthouses on the 23rd and 24th floors, and advertised “300 degree skyline views.”

The amenities are tied in to the fact that these are WELL (all caps, it seems) Signature Residences, powered by Delos (board member: Leonardo DiCaprio), which is a company that specializes in wellness real estate. What does this mean to the tenant?

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Walnut Street News: Burberry And Juicy Out; Michael Kors and (Maybe) J.Crew Men’s In

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Our friends over at Racked Philly have just broken news that once Burberry closes its doors this Saturday, Michael Kors will be taking its place at 1705 Walnut Street. They got word from Larry Steinberg, president of the Rittenhouse Row Merchant’s Association (so, we trust him). The brand will take up both floors and a spring 2014 opening is expected. Racked also speculated that the Juicy Couture on 17th and Walnut will make the switch to a J.Crew Men’s standalone (this is no doubt thanks to the success of sister store Madewell). Rumor is rumor, but we can’t help but cross our fingers.

 

TIAA-CREF: No Tenant Changes to 1619 Walnut Street

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Screen shot of 1619 Walnut Street via Google Street View.

Yesterday we wondered what TIAA-CREF might do with 1619 Walnut Street, which it recently purchased for around $18 million. We thought perhaps the company itself would occupy some part of the building, but a broker contact who wanted to remain anonymous disagreed: “I’m pretty sure they bought this as an investment vehicle for their retirement portfolio, not to occupy. The whole building is leased.” And, he said, TIAA-CREF does have a substantial portfolio of retail real estate.

His hunch was correct. A TIAA-CREF spokesperson got back to us yesterday to provide this official comment, “TIAA-CREF plans to maintain the current mix of office and retail tenants at 1619 Walnut Street.”

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