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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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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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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Our guide to what’s happening on Philly stages in May.
When a play has one of the writers from Fox’s hit show New Girl you know it’s going to be good. Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still is the story of everything gone wrong. Main character Sherry is down in the dumps until she gets a job as a substitute art teacher. While this seems like a turn for the better, things won’t start looking up until her mother, her sister, her first therapy patient, and her new boss get their acts together. Also, there’s an escaped tiger. Variety says, “Rosenstock writes clever comic dialogue in a voice that is too smart to be cute. There’s something both sad and wise, after all, about redefining a ‘mellow’ mood as meaning ‘paralyzed with depression.'” Through May 25th, $20-$25, Azuka Theatre, 1636 Sansom Street.
Jose Rivera presents Brainpeople, a play about Mayannah, a rich young woman with dark intentions. Every year she invites two strangers to join her for a dinner to honor the passing of her parents. If the strangers are able to last until the end of dinner they will receive $20,000. Seems like easy money, right? No, because there’s always a catch, and there’s no such thing as easy money. It stars Amanda Grove, Jessy Gruver, and Barrymore Award winner Amanda Schoonover. Through May 24th, $20-$25, Luna Theater Company, 620 South 8th Street.
Who doesn’t love some Oedipussy? “Rated R for ridiculousness,” Oedipussy is a comedic spin on a Greek tragedy. The performance is like a stew of Barbarella, James Bond, physical comedy, and creative storytelling. This play will be making a stop at the Family Dysfunction junction. The Guardian writes, “Riotous laughter. Funny but shocking.” And Curio’s artistic director says he chose Oedipussy because of "its broad appeal to audiences of all kinds. For those that know the story of Oedipus – it digression from the plot is truly hysterical.” Through May 24th, $20-$25, Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Avenue.
The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training debuted in 2011, and the first class of the groundbreaking two-year program graduated in 2013. Now those students are making names for themselves on the local live-arts scene. Alex Bechtel’s musical The West saw a successful March run. And this month, Jess Conda (left) stars in Brat Productions’ The Future, a prog-rock parable about a time to come when we can’t breathe the air and our body parts are removable, told in the edgy French bouffon cabaret style for which Pig Iron is so well known. If you like your theater safe, go elsewhere. But if you prefer its more dangerous side, seek out The Future. May 16th to 18th, The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street. —Victor Fiorillo
If vintage is more your flavor, then this is the show for you. The Five Minute Follies features stage variety shows, cabarets, and more vaudeville realness in the Philadelphia area. This upcoming performance will feature Sidetracked, as well as a slew of other performers. European imports, the Sidetracked pair is comprised of Kimberlie Cruse and Shoshanna Hill. Their comedy and participation from the audience will entertain both children and adults alike. Click here for a promo of Sidetracked in action. May 18th, $15 (advance)-$18 (door), Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street.
Garett Schiefer and Holly Porch.
This seven-time Tony Award winner is always a crowd-pleaser. Set in the 1960s, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying tells the story of a young window cleaner who uses a guidebook to shoot up the proverbial ladder. On the way he encounters hostile colleagues, and even some sexy secretaries. Me-ow! This blast from the past has achieved so much success for a reason. May 13th-July 13th, Price Varies Per Seat, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.
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.
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 »
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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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….
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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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.
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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