LISTEN: Bramwell Tovey Pens a Holiday Song Just for Philadelphia

Bramwell Tovey plays "The Rittenhouse Carol" in his dressing room at the Kimmel Center. | Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa

Bramwell Tovey plays “The Rittenhouse Carol” in his dressing room at the Kimmel Center. | Photo by KYW’s Steve Tawa

This week, The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing its 2014 holiday show, “The Glorious Sounds of Christmas,” led by visiting British conductor Bramwell Tovey.

Tovey stopped by KYW this week to promote the show, and to share a holiday tune he wrote about Philadelphia: “The Rittenhouse Carol.”

The song, he says, “came to me while I was walking around the shops when I was here for Christmas two years ago.”

Hear a snippet in the video player below. He starts talking about it around the 1:20 mark.

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Shop at These Rittenhouse Stores and Get a Free Shake Shack Treat



Cheers to you, city shoppers. | Photo by Evan Sung.

Center City shoppers are in for a treat—literally. From now until December 31st, shoppers who make any purchase at Knit Wit, Ellelauri or Aoki Boutique will be able to get a complimentary cup of salted caramel hot chocolate at the Shake Shack in Center City (20th and Sansom Street) with proof of purchase. We haven’t been this psyched about a pairing in a while.
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Spotted: Multi-Family Rittenhouse Home with Three Units

As one, the renovated property offers five bedrooms. Separately, there are three apartment units: a 3-bedroom on the top two floors, 1-bedroom on the second floor and 1-bedroom on the first level. All three come with hardwood floors.

Features include access to a rear yard and bay windows in the kitchen on the first floor; French doors, 12-inch ceilings and a marble fireplace on the second; and exposed brick walls, gas fireplaces, recessed LED lighting, and crystal chandeliers on the third. Additionally, the master suite on the top level encompasses not only the bedroom, but an office, bathroom, and walk-in closet. There’s also roof deck access from here.

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This Artist’s Million Dollar Rittenhouse Home Is On the Market

#1ST/2D, 1821 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

#1ST/2D, 1821 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

What would you do with this Edwardian-detailed home? (No kidding, it has walnut woodwork, leaded glass windows, plaster moldings on the ceiling, and, of course, original hardwood floors with inlaid details. Also, a handful of wood-burning fireplaces.)

Consider this: the property is actually two distinct units, which are currently connected via a “secret passageway” that can be sealed off easily to make a closet. If choosing to keep it whole, you get a 3-bedroom. Separate them and someone gets a 1-bedroom with an artist’s studio. Speaking of which…

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Want to See Celebs In the Buff? 25 Years of PETA’s Sexiest Nude Ads Are Coming to Rittenhouse

tarajiPETA300People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn’t exactly known for its subtlety, and over the past 25 years the group’s advertisements have sparked many a conversation. Next month, a retrospective exhibit showing some of their most salacious ads will get people talking in Rittenhouse Square.

Wednesday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 7th, Twenty-Two Gallery will host Naked Ambition: 25 Years of PETA’s Sexy Celebrity Ads. Their iconic Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign has seen everyone from The Go-Go’s and Christy Turlington to Wendy Williams and Taraji P. Henson (right) pose in the nude. Celebs like Olivia Munn, Pamela Anderson,  Christina Applegate, Kim Basinger,  TLC’s Chilli, and even Steve-O have jumped in front of the camera wearing little more than tattoos or body paint.

Support PETA by getting an eyeful of this unique exhibit during its limited engagement. Twenty-Two Gallery is located at 236 S. 22nd Street and the show will hold an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Trinity Tuesday: Renovated in Rittenhouse

2010 Addison St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2010 Addison St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

Nestled between Pine and Lombard is this restored trinity on quiet Addison Street. Hardwood floors, built-ins, and fireplaces are featured throughout, but distinct elements include a Duch door, dining room with brick fireplace, and an iron gate and spiral staircase that lead to the lower level.

The living room, which is on the second level, includes balcony with French doors. Also on this floor is a small study that easily makes the switch to second bedroom. The master suite is on the third level and offers cathedral ceilings and a Carrara marble bathroom with soaking tub and skylight. Gallery below.

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Morning Headlines: Rittenhouse Rents Are 14th Most Expensive in the Country


We knew Rittenhouse was one the most high-priced neighborhoods in the city, but now says the area is actually among the most costliest in the country, ranking in at number 14! says rent there reaches up to $1,860.

The list includes two New York ‘hoods in the top two spots (both were over $4,000/month), Yerba Buena in San Francisco, Boston’s Government Center, and the Golden Gate neighborhood in Oakland/Emeryville, Calif.

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Selling Like Hot Cakes: Million Dollar Condos in Rittenhouse

#1105, 130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

#1105, 130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Rittenhouse may be among the most expensive neighborhoods for renters looking for 1 and 2-bedrooms, but that didn’t stop buyers from purchasing homes in the area. Redfin shows that more than a few condos in the million-dollar range were sold in the last month. Below are galleries of just a few of these residences.

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On the Market: $3.75 Million Spruce Street Townhouse with Library

2102 Spruce Street google street view

Photo credit: Google Street View.

Mid-nineteenth century properties are easy to come by in Philadelphia and this restored residence is counted among them. But aside from being on the city’s Historic Register, the home also has some more modern perks…enter roof deck and two-car garage.

Inside, high ceilings and original moldings can be seen throughout. French doors leading out to the garden, which the dining room overlooks, and an elevator with brass door are also shown in the listing. (We don’t know about you, but we’ll just take the staircase) Our favorite point, though? The library adjacent to the master suite.

Gallery below.

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