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Open toes, picnic blankets, the sun. All have recently made their spring debuts in Rittenhouse Square. So too has an interesting new iPhone app--timed in conjunction with PIFA--that lets you hear the park in an altogether new way. Philly songwriter and composer Michael Kiley has created a song called "Empty Air" that played anywhere but Rittenhouse will sound the same to everyone. But played in Rittenhouse, using the app that accompanies it, the geography of the park transforms it; as you walk about, your phone's GPS will trigger different music samples.He integrated sound recordings of the Park with music. Ambient
Our colleagues at PhillyMag's new Property blog say that bidding on the old Daffy's location at 17th and Walnut is down to two bidders, both apparel companies.One of the bidders would like to use the entire building, while the other would like to use just the first four floors, including the basement. If the latter should happen, the upper four floors are up for grabs—could be a health club, apartments, whatever the mind can conjure up.The bidders are currently considering price, of course, but also how they might use the space most effectively. The four-story bidder, for instance, is looking
Today at 12:30pm, a dog walker found the body of an unidentified woman burned, in the basement of a home on the 1700 block of Naudain Street, just south of Lombard. She was pronounced dead at 12:47. Award for obvious sub-headline of the year goes to NBC 10, which helpfully reported that "Police are calling her death suspicious." [Philly.com]
In today's Wall Street Journal, D. Wayne Johnson says that pennies cost more to make than they're worth—so it's time to take all the pennies out of circulation. But what to do with all those suddenly unused pennies?I have commissioned a top American sculptor—Elizabeth Jones, former chief engraver of the U.S. Mint—to sculpt a life-size or larger statue of David Rittenhouse, the first director of the U.S. Mint and a prominent astronomer and financial officer for Pennsylvania.Gathering 23.7 million of those unwanted cents would furnish ample metal for a bronze statue of Rittenhouse to stand in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. The
A Travel + Leisure listicle that cites Foursquare check-ins to determine the popularity of parks across the country indicates that Rittenhouse Square is the 10th most popular green space in America. Unsurprisingly, the six most popular parks in America are all in New York City, so they totally write horrible things about our parks in their Burn Book and probably won't let Rittenhouse Square sit at their lunch table.
Liam Hemsworth and Richard Dreyfuss filmed all day yesterday at 10th & Carpenter in South Philly's Bardascino Park. At around 5 p.m., the entire production took over the Rittenhouse Square area as Hemsworth filmed a car scene, closing the entire 1700 block of Locust Street. Actors filled the street looking very business-like, with Parc restaurant-goers getting front row seats for the action.
The Friends of Rittenhouse Square's annual Ball on the Square was held last night, ushering in summer, and it was a hot one—on so many levels. Here, Bob Colvin, Mary Genovese Colvin, Kathleen Epstein and Andrew Epstein, and Patrick O'Hara enjoy the over-the-top, but comfortable chairs brought in for the guests. Note that this is in the area right near the center of the square, near the bull.
The Friends of Rittenhouse Square gathered at the home of Elaine and Joe Camarda (center), hosts of the Ball on the Square Patron Party to chat about the big June 21st event. On the left, Barbara Eberlein is the 2012 Chair, and Betsy Hummel (right) is president of Friends of Rittenhouse Square.
There's a rumor going around town that casting is underway for a docudrama titled Rittenhouse Square. Now, this is not going to be The Real Housewives of Rittenhouse Square, a show that's been a rumor but never a reality for years. No, this particular reality show idea, said to be backed by one of the folks behind Kid Nation (Lord of the Flies in the New Mexico desert—ring a bell?), will follow the comings and goings of Philadelphia's poshest zip code and the colorful people who live or just spend way too much time there. So to aid the producers in their search for the best that RitHo has to offer, here's a short list that would actually make for "good" TV.
As if we needed any reminder after the gorgeous weather we enjoyed last week, Frommer's has included Philly on its list of the greatest cities in the world for for parks. New York, Chicago and San Francisco were the other American cities to make the cut. Now, if only it were still 78 and sunny outside... [Frommer's]