The $800 million renovations of East Market is well underway for the section of Philadelphia that has been called “America’s hottest retail corridor” by JLL. The 4.3 acres renovated expanse will feature stores and restaurants and a pedestrian-friendly streetscape with greenery, entertainment, food trucks and more, just steps away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Adjacent to this space will be Fashion District Philadelphia which will include fashionable finds, engaging entertainment, and modern dining. The new development along Market Street just steps from Reading Terminal Market and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will be home to retailers including Century 21 Department Store, Burlington, H&M, Nike, Columbia and Samsonite. Dining options include City Winery—a culinary and cultural wine experience offering fine dining, classes, concerts, and private events— as well as local favorite Chickie’s & Pete’s. The District will offer an entertainment zone including Wonderspaces, a unique, immersive art experience; AMC Theatres, a dining movie theater; and Round 1 , an upscale bowling alley with ping pong, billiards and arcade games. Visitors can receive a complimentary Visitor Savings Pass with special offers from participating retailers when visiting the Concierge Desk. Fashion District Philadelphia is scheduled to open September 19, 2019.
Crowning the new Comcast Technology Center – the tallest building in Philadelphia – is the new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. The hotel, with 219 guest rooms and 39 suites, features Comcast’s award-winning X1 Video Experience, a luxury full-floor spa and an indoor infinity pool on the 57th floor. Guests have access to an express glass elevator that arrives directly to the property.
Also on-site are restaurants from James Beard Award-winner Greg Vernick and Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. JG SKYHIGH, the new fine-dining spot on the 59th and 60th floor, has forty-foot floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views. Designed by legendary architect Norman Foster, the Comcast Technology Center has a five-story winter garden and 120-foot illuminated lantern that sits atop the building. The Four Seasons Philadelphia is now accepting reservations.
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Occupying the former Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street, the Met Philadelphia has transformed from the 1908 Oscar Hammerstein-designed building into a modern performance venue and event space. Over the years, the opulent building has served many purposes beyond its original — including a movie theater, sporting center, vocational school, gospel concert hall and finally a church. The historic building received a $56 million facelift and is now the city’s largest performance stage and theatrical auditorium. The theater reopened in December 2018 and is managed by Live Nation.
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The warehouse on centuries-old Municipal Pier 9, just south of Race Street Pier, has been redeveloped into a sprawling mixed-use public space. Much of the original structure has been preserved, including the original stone headhouses and exposed ceiling beams, creating a cool, industrial vibe. Cherry Street Pier is a collaborative creative space for artists and entrepreneurs, includes an open-air garden, performance and event space, food vendors, pop-up shops and more for visitors, open year-round.