On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife

On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife

On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife

On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife

Synopsis

David Grazian's riveting tour of downtown Philadelphia and its newly bustling nightlife scene reveals the city as an urban playground where everyone dabbles in games of chance and perpetrates elaborate cons. Entertainment in the city has evolved into a professional industry replete with set designers, stage directors, and method actors whose dazzling illusions tempt even the shrewdest of customers. As entertaining and illuminating as the confessional stories it recounts, On the Make is a fascinating exposé of the smoke and mirrors employed in the city at night.

Excerpt

At Tangerine, a fashionable French-Moroccan restaurant and cocktail lounge in the Old City section of downtown Philadelphia, diners enter a candlelit Mediterranean dreamscape of rooms within rooms. Red fabrics and pillows adorn this mazelike Casbah, each chamber draped with velvet curtains, providing pleasure-seekers with their very own Arabian nights. Patrons rhapsodize over North African–inspired selections that include king salmon poached in olive oil and served with potato tortelloni and hazelnut-basil mousse, and chicken tagine, a Moroccan stew prepared with green olives and preserved lemons.

Many of the city's sharply dressed men and women flock to Tangerine to bask in its exotic glamour, but not Allison, a twenty-oneyear-old hostess and cocktail waitress who endures every evening handling unruly customers. On any given night at Tangerine, the complaints remain the same: “Where is my table?” “I want the best table.” “Why am I not seated?” “My reservation was for 6:30 p.m.! It's 6:35—where is my table?”

While entertaining their demands, Allison must remain composed and empathetic. “Well, they are just finishing their dessert.” “It'll be . . .

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