As Seen In: "The Gang Goes Jihad" (Season 2)
Location: Between 18th St. and Walnut St.
An Israeli business developer buys half of Paddy's, and the Gang decides to go Holy War on his ass. But, you know, without being too offensive. Those familiar with Sunny know that this is impossible. During a scene that illustrates how truly stupid these people are, Mac, Dennis, and Charlie attempt to explain that they aren't anti-Semitic. It exposes their collective idiocy, and makes you wonder how Dennis got into the University of Pennsylvania.
Rittenhouse Square, one of the original open-space parks planned by William Penn and Thomas Holme, serves as the setting for this display of ignorance. In 1825, the space was renamed after David Rittenhouse, who was a descendant of Philly's first paper-maker, William Rittenhouse. The park is bordered by Walnut Street and Manning Street, and surrounded by pricey high-rises, apartment buildings, and hotels.
On a nice day, you'll find people walking their dogs, playing with their children, playing chess, taking photos, or simply passing through. The park houses public art, such as the memorial to Dr. J. William White, who was the John Rhea Barton Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital during the early 20th century.
The park appears in Trading Places, In Her Shoes, and The Happening, and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1981.