DEVELOPER Eric Blumenfeld, who said in March he was eyeing the Divine Lorraine Hotel, is making moves to reacquire the once-stately hotel on North Broad Street.

“We’re certainly optimistic that [the owners] will transfer the property to Eric and his company so the building can be redeveloped,” Alan Greenberger, the city’s deputy mayor for economic development, said Friday.

Greenberger said Blumenfeld is about “midstream in the process” of buying the hotel, at Fairmount Avenue.

(via Developer vying to reacquire Divine hotel –

Looks like our friends at Prohibition Taproom and Cafe Lift are poised to totally own 13th street here in the Eraserhood!

Prohibition Taproom and Cafe Lift owners Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello are getting ready to open a pizza joint, Bufad, close to their other two restaurants. Michael, who has been on a pizza binge as of late, told Eater that the project is aiming to open in November.

“It’s an American Italian slang term for someone who binges, which is l’abbuffata in Italian, and is here called a bufad,” Pasquarello said. “It’s going in at 1240 Spring Garden Street, where the Yum Yum Chinese restaurant used to be.”

(via Pizza Shop Coming from the Prohibition Taproom Team – First Word – Eater Philly)

Blumenfeld seems to be much closer to moving forward with a a deal than he was in March when he floated a plan to create a combined high school campus behind the Divine Lorraine for Franklin Learning Center, Parkway, Masterman, and Benjamin Franklin High. No word on whether that plan, which would be extremely complicated in terms of financing, logistics, and politics, has moved forward.

If the school campus plan isn’t successful, some sort of “envelope” of new development will still be needed around the Willis Hale-designed building, probably in the form of condos or apartments–and a lot of them. The previous developer planned to build 900 units on the adjacent parcels. Receiving federal historic tax credits will be critical to making the numbers work, which is why Blumenfeld is talking with Powers & Company, although he has yet to retain the firm. The building is on the National Register for Historic Places and became the first integrated hotel of quality in the country after Father Divine’s International Peace Mission Movement purchased it in 1948.

(via Blumenfeld Expected To Move Forward On Divine Lorraine (Updated) | Hidden City Philadelphia)

Two images from are also hanging in this show.


Celebrating the grand opening of Seeds Gallery by featuring four highly talented artists at a festive gathering. The opening exhibit is featuring works by Charles Barbin, Artist/Public Murals Designer, Bob Bruhin, Documentary Photographer, Russell Brodie, West Philly artist and Jeremy Fahringer, West Philly artist.

Seeds Gallery is a modern art studio focused on local artists and dedicated to promoting local art exclusively. The gallery represents emerging and established career artists in all media a

nd styles. Exhibits are showcased at the gallery and staged at other locations throughout the city. Our partners include local restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios, law firms and book stores. 

WHAT: Grand Opening of Seeds Gallery

WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE: 5011 Baltimore Avenue

For more information about Seeds Gallery, visit