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Landmarks in "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

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Oh do we have a special Throwback Thursday for you! As you know, The Grove of Park Champions was recently dedicated at The Belmont Plateau. In that post, we made the obvious reference "Summertime" from DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. While watching the video, we noticed that the guys "drive slow, so everybody sees" them pass a ton of great Philadelphia landmarks. What better way to show them off than with a map? Outside of the classic cookout dance scenes, we love that Jazz and Will slowly cruised through Philly on a flatbed truck during summertime rush hour, even if it, as Jazz said, "got [them] a couple of middle fingers pointed our way," in the process. And so, crank up your speakers and travel along with two Philly legends as they tour you around Philly circa 1991.


· Songs of Summer: DJ Jazzy Jeff On 'Summertime' & Why Will Smith Misses Rapping [Biography.com]
· More Curbed Maps [Curbed Philly]

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1. Belmont Plateau

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Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19131

The hilarious split-shots, the scenic views, the verse and those amazing cookout party scenes - The Plateau makes this music video a classic.

2. Belmont Mansion

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2000 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA

DJ Jazzy Jeff told Biography.com: "The whole video was shot in Philly. And what we told the director is that we wanted to have a cookout and invite all our family and friends. There were very few things that were scripted in that video. We knew everyone in that video. They were either one of our friends or one of our family members."

3. Philadelphia Museum of Art

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100
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It shows up a few times but we're on the west side of the building just ten seconds in to this classic.

4. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

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1 Logan Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 963-1500
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Boom - four buildings shine through here: The Four Seasons (front), Embassy Suites (L), Three Logan Square (M) and One Logan Square (R)

5. Cathedral Basilica Of SS Peter & Paul

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1723 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 561-1313

It's basically and extension of the previous shot. Here, you have the Basilica, Sheraton Downtown and a slice of Friends Select.

6. Undine Barge Club

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12 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130

There's multiple shots of Boathouse Row as a lot of the video was shot from West River Drive. Undine Barge Club was established in 1871.

7. Swann Memorial Fountain

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N 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince head back to the parkway. It's too bad that didn't get a shot of people taking a dip in the fountain.

8. The Water Works Gazebo

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640 Water Works Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-9000
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It's quick and could be confused with Mercury Pavilion. Given that it's so close to the Schuylkill River, we're going with the glorious Gazebo.

9. Dimner-Beeber Middle School

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5925 Malvern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Finding the building of the basketball/fire plug scene was tough to track down. We surmised that, since the rest of the video is shot at The Plat and The Parkway, that it had to be close-by. The smoke stack on Dimner-Beeber was the kicker.

10. 2601 Parkway Condos

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2601 Pennsylvania Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

There's that gazebo again! Only this time, the 2601 Parkway condos are clearly visible in the background.

11. Sedgeley Club

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East River Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130

You can't have multiple scenes from Bouthouse Row and not include Sedgeley Club! The anchor boathouse boasts the Turtle Rock Light. Built in 1887, it's the Schuylkill River's very own lighthouse.

12. Penn AC Rowing Assoc.

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12 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Even Jazz can't believe that this historic boathouse was established in 1871

13. The Watermark, Family Court Building

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2 Franklin Town Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 557-0640

According to DJ Jazzy Jeff, "We made some people mad. That part was shot on a Friday afternoon and everyone was getting off of work. So, we were backing up traffic." What's more summertime than Center City traffic?

14. The Whole Shebang

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1901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The skyline view from The Plat is shown throughout the video, but it's at its absolute best during the final dance scenes, especially for the dude riding the pony. It's got everything but Two Commerce Square and the Comcast Center.

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1. Belmont Plateau

Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The hilarious split-shots, the scenic views, the verse and those amazing cookout party scenes - The Plateau makes this music video a classic.

Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19131

2. Belmont Mansion

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr, Philadelphia, PA

DJ Jazzy Jeff told Biography.com: "The whole video was shot in Philly. And what we told the director is that we wanted to have a cookout and invite all our family and friends. There were very few things that were scripted in that video. We knew everyone in that video. They were either one of our friends or one of our family members."

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA

3. Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

It shows up a few times but we're on the west side of the building just ten seconds in to this classic.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

1 Logan Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Boom - four buildings shine through here: The Four Seasons (front), Embassy Suites (L), Three Logan Square (M) and One Logan Square (R)

1 Logan Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Cathedral Basilica Of SS Peter & Paul

1723 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

It's basically and extension of the previous shot. Here, you have the Basilica, Sheraton Downtown and a slice of Friends Select.

1723 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Undine Barge Club

12 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

There's multiple shots of Boathouse Row as a lot of the video was shot from West River Drive. Undine Barge Club was established in 1871.

12 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130

7. Swann Memorial Fountain

N 19th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince head back to the parkway. It's too bad that didn't get a shot of people taking a dip in the fountain.

N 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. The Water Works Gazebo

640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130

It's quick and could be confused with Mercury Pavilion. Given that it's so close to the Schuylkill River, we're going with the glorious Gazebo.

640 Water Works Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130

9. Dimner-Beeber Middle School

5925 Malvern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Finding the building of the basketball/fire plug scene was tough to track down. We surmised that, since the rest of the video is shot at The Plat and The Parkway, that it had to be close-by. The smoke stack on Dimner-Beeber was the kicker.

5925 Malvern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

10. 2601 Parkway Condos

2601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

There's that gazebo again! Only this time, the 2601 Parkway condos are clearly visible in the background.

2601 Pennsylvania Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

11. Sedgeley Club

East River Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130

You can't have multiple scenes from Bouthouse Row and not include Sedgeley Club! The anchor boathouse boasts the Turtle Rock Light. Built in 1887, it's the Schuylkill River's very own lighthouse.

East River Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130

12. Penn AC Rowing Assoc.

12 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Even Jazz can't believe that this historic boathouse was established in 1871

12 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130

13. The Watermark, Family Court Building

2 Franklin Town Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

According to DJ Jazzy Jeff, "We made some people mad. That part was shot on a Friday afternoon and everyone was getting off of work. So, we were backing up traffic." What's more summertime than Center City traffic?

2 Franklin Town Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103

14. The Whole Shebang

1901 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The skyline view from The Plat is shown throughout the video, but it's at its absolute best during the final dance scenes, especially for the dude riding the pony. It's got everything but Two Commerce Square and the Comcast Center.

1901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103