Philadelphians were invited to an open-air performanceSerenade on the Avenue held Saturday Valentine’s Day eve and were invited to see raw space on the 28th floor of the new condo/apartment building in Center City under construction ArtHaus.
The 47-story, 524-foot-high tower at Broad and Spruce Streets whose tag line, “live at the intersection of art and beauty” .
The Broad and Spruce Street tower will stand 47 stories and host 108 balconied condominiums with beautiful views of Philadelphia, that will range in price from $2 million to more than $10 million,
Last fall Carl Dranoff, CEO of Dranoff Properties and Developer of Arthaus told Metro Philly, “I thought our giant construction site could somehow be retrofitted to bring about an outdoor performance like the Greeks did with their amphitheaters.” Serenade on the Avenue debuted last September from a temporary stage facing City Hall on the 7th floor of the Arthaus construction site across from the Kimmel Center, for three special concerts.
Audience members lined the streets, some had heard about it through social media and news posts, others were just passing by.
It became a Wednesday night tradition for three consecutive weeks.
On Saturday as well as last fall, all the musicians were coordinated by AJ Luca, a faculty instructor at University of the Arts and a performer herself along with alumni, who performed love songs from Frank Sinatra, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Henry Mancini from the 7th-floor pop-up stage at Arthaus in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
After Saturday’s concert we were invited upstairs to enjoy the views from the 28th Floor.
The first residents are scheduled to move into Arthaus February 2022.
Welcome back. I’ve lit my pumpkin spice candles and I’m ready to get back to work. How about you? Recently I stopped by the new, much anticipated Four Seasons hotel in the Comcast Technology building to check out the view and food. They were open for about a week when I wandered in, here’s what I found.
An incredible architectural gem we get to claim as part of Philadelphia.
The glass elevator ride was not as scary as I first anticipated, unless you actually look out the glass panel side. There is a full side that is not glass and if you are nervous you can focus on that area and you will be fine. Do not miss out on the Four Seasons if you are afraid of heights, nothing will happen, the elevators are really amazing and it’s the safest Instagram moment from a height you can imagine.
The ride from the elevator takes about a breathtaking minute, breathtaking cause it’s beautiful not because you’ll be having a panic attack, although I suggest you look towards the doors, or to the left if you are prone to them. The lobby is sleek, modern and mirrored. In fact the whole 60th floor is, which allows you to not only enjoy the beautiful lobby, but the views of the whole City if you just look up. Here I am taking a selfie while facing the check in desk, and enjoying North Philly.
In the lobby I found Brittney Shipp , NBC10 Philadelphia, which is located in the same building on a lower floor, with her mom. From here there are breathtaking views and flower arrangements ( Celebrity Floral Designer Jeff Leatham creates the arrangements. He’s the go to florist to the stars, like Oprah Winfrey, the Kardashians, and Madonna.) ), which is a great location for family photos, Instagram moments, or to just stop and smell the flowers. They are changed every few weeks. This week I saw photos and they’re white.
From the ground floor you take the elevator to the 60th floor, then you go to another bank of elevators to get down to your room. You can’t go from the ground floor to your room without first going back to the lobby which is on the 60th floor. These are the elevators to go to the rooms. There are benches to relax as well as a spectacular view looking west.
On the floor where JG Skybar is the windows have dots on them, making them less than picture perfect. I ran into the Four Seasons GM Ben Shank who told me these were to reflect the sun and keep the room cool. Clever idea without disrupting the views too much. You might recall how hot the Hamilton Garden Roof Top event space was before they added a “roof” and a/c. It might have become a hot box without this added feature.
JG Skyhigh is more than just the hotel’s bar, it’s a destination. It’s more lounge, with tables and comfortable chairs that hug you, spread out on a generous space on the 60th floor. There are nooks and crannies with deuces, or four tops where conversations can be enjoyed as well as lite bites. Jean George takes care of the menu in this space as well, but don’t expect a large menu selection. You can make reservations to sit in the lounge, but you can also walk in as well and wait for a table to open up, sit at the bar or stand around. The day I went the doorman as I entered the building told me it was standing room only.
When I looked around JG SkyHigh I saw a lot of the business leaders, movers and shakers, scenesters, Philebrities and people on dates filling every corner of the breathtaking space. It was like going to a Philly Style Magazine party, my neck was hurting from people saying hello. I wish I had taken more peoples photos, I was taking it all in. Photo top left: Ben Shank, GM Four Seasons Hotel with Sam Cooper and girlfriend Lauren Villa . Sam is in a band, Mt. Joy, they’re playing the Fillmore in Philly Oct 4.
I’m not to be trusted. I was able to get a seat in Jean-Georges and I dived into the SUMMER TASTING MENU $128 which friends of mine had earlier in the week. It’s a steep price, but the build up to the Four Seasons, and rave reviews about Jean-Georges whet my appetite. (Menu)
It was a luxurious treat I don’t regret, a great way to end the summer. Now I can’t wait for the Fall Tasting Menu, and the amazing views that come with it. There are so many restaurants I haven’t tried because of the cost, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try the world renowned Jean Georges restaurant, my friends have all raved about over the years. They were right. Plus the view, oh my the view. I was so wrong in my earlier Social Media posts, it’s spectacular at night as well.
Before I left I was treated to this magnificent lightning storm; no longer will I need to wonder what it would be like to be there during a storm, or experience the view of the City without tinted windows as is the case in most skyscrapers in Philly, or catch the sunset from the tallest building in Philadelphia. You could enjoy all the splendor of this magnificent gem by just going to the lounge, enjoying a cocktail, or even just taking the ride to the 60th floor to to the lobby, take a few photos and head back down again. I have been known to direct tourists to certain buildings, and hotels just see the beautiful views of our City, you know your curious. Just do it. Check out additional info here and at Visit Philly.
Soaring 22 stories over the intersection of Center City’s cultural and residential districts, The Atlantic offers unrivaled craftsmanship and sophistication in a historic beaux arts building and according to the developer – The Post Brothers, it’s also the first building on Philly’s Billionaire Row.
Completely reimagined from the inside out by starchitect Rafael Vinoly,The Atlantic heralds the arrival of Billionaire’s Row residences and lifestyle amenities to Philadelphia luxury apartment rentals.
In March The Atlantic apartments held a hard hat tour of the newly renovated building at Broad and Spruce, featuring breathtaking rooftop views with great amenities including grills, a chef’s table, lounge chairs and an infinity pool.
•24-Hour On-Site Maintenance
•24-Hour Valet Parking With Text Services
•Calacatta Gold Marble Quartz Countertops
•Children’S Play Area With Splash Pad
•Children’S Playroom; Art Studio, JR Gym
•Coffee Service & Ice Bar
•Complimentary Daily Group Exercise Class
•Coworking Space & Private Meeting Rooms
Check out additional features and how you can live on Billionaires Row…HERE
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