Now is not the time to be anorexic, but IS the time to catch up with Eater Miami...
[Photo Courtesy of Taperia Raca]
1) MiMo: Eating House is a kickass restaurant, so it's hard not to get excited about another spot from that same restaurant team. This one's called Taperia Raca. It's a Spanish tapas and wine bar that's likely opening at the end of March. Chef/owner/hunk Giorgio Rapicavoli and partner Alex Casanova are collaborating with former Preservation chef Ryan Herrison to open Taperia Raca, which is also very promising news.
2) Everywhere: There's the Eater 38, which rounds up the essential restaurants and then there's the Heatmap, which should be your go-to place for the hottest, buzziest restaurants of the moment. Behold, Eater Miami's March Heatmap. Click it like its hot.
"It will be interesting to how Sir Richard Branson ties in his environmental conservation efforts and applies them to the cruise industry. I'm sure with his outside the box thinking he would find a way to significantly reduce carbon emissions of the cruise ships. The help of his Carbon War Room panel would really help revolutionize the way cruise ships could be built. I'm all for it, but with a newly built ship strategy from the beginning, this project is at least 3 to 5 years (look at other major cruise line wait times for new ships) of build time after funding. So let's say they take a year to find the funding; we wont be seeing the launch of this line until almost 2019-2020. Looking forward to this materializing!"-Tomas Possenti [Curbed Cruise]
The big real estate dish from the big city, Curbed NY...
1) Greenwich Village: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones dropped $10.5 million on a lower Fifth Avenue penthouse. The decidedly non-rocker-ish duplex was formerly three separate units thats were combined into one four-bedroom home.
2) Upper East Side: The penthouse that once belonged to the late billionaire and philanthropist Edgar Bronfman, Sr. hit the market for a whopping $65 million. The Central Park-facing spread has 16 rooms and a gigantic wraparound terrace.
Eyewear, watches, Sarah Jessica Parker. Here's what happened this week in the world of Racked Miami. Image Via Nordstrom
1) Everywhere:Sarah Jessica Parker knows New York, but did you know she's a Miami expert as well? In honor of her Magic City arrival on Saturday, she's pinned down her favorite Miami spots, and we have the scoop first. Teaser: you won't find cosmos at any of these joints.
2) Coral Gables: Warby Parker, who? If you're a Miami native, you've surely heard of Edward Beiner, or, at least have passed by his myriad shops in South Miami, the Grove, Brickell and the Gables. He's been an eyewear legend down here since 1981, and with a new artisinal custom-made line out, it's about time you got to know him. We sat down with Mr. Beiner to find out all about his journey as an eyewear designer and how he came to love making people see with style.
Charles Avenue historic marker [All photos by Headly Westerfield]
Now that Miami-Dade has untangled the Gordian knot that is the Coconut Grove Playhouse—in time for it to reopen in 2018 at the very earliest—it's time to look at the historic preservation of the neighboring Charles Avenue. In a little noticed move in 2012, Miami's Historical and Environmental Preservation Board voted unanimously to christen Charles Avenue a Historic Designated Roadway, which runs from the Playhouse at Main Highway to the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery at Douglas. The practical effect of the honorific? Nothing.
The designation recognizes Charles Avenue as the oldest residential street in all of Miami. Coconut Grove itself predates The Magic City, which swallowed it during annexation in 1925. The first house on what was originally known as Evangelist Street, due to all the churches, belonged to Washerwoman Mary. Mariah Brown, her real name, worked in the late 1880s at the nearby Peacock Inn, one of the first tourist traps in South Florida. Her husband bought a plot of land from the Frow family, among the original homesteaders, and built a one story Conch-style house a half mile from where she worked. Unfortunately, the original house no longer stands. The simple Conch house at 3298 Charles Avenue is a recreation.
Holy crop top! Tommy Hilfiger has bought South Beach's Raleigh Hotel, which is like, the biggest, most shocking news ever, and plans to use it as his first venture in the hospitality business. The good news is "Hilfiger plans to restore the hotel to its original chic art deco style" according to Page Six, although the place is already pretty damn original. The possibly bad news (or good news, depending on which side of the privet hedge from whence one is derived) is that he plans to turn the hotel into "an exclusive private club and hotel." Oh, and Sam Nazarian's SBE will continue to manage the place. If only Andres Balazs was still around. Le sigh. · Tommy Hilfiger to buy landmark Raleigh Hotel [Page Six] · Previous Raleigh Hotel coverage [Curbed Miami]
"This is a fantastic house! The problem is the entrance road. Originally, Louwana shared its entrance road with Amado, the other Munn property, and the front doors of the neighboring estates faced each other across a shared entrance court. When Dorothy Munn died and Amado was sold, it turned out that the shared road and most of the entrance court was actually on Amado's property. The new owners of Amado relandscaped everything and now the main entrance to Louwana is squeezed into a tiny area off of the new service entrance of Amado."-anon [Classic Addison Mizner Oceanfront On The Market For $22 Million]
Construction continues on the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, designed by Grimshaw Architects, where all sorts of fascinating scientific thingies will be packed together in a building that doesn't seem as nearly as big as it really is. A huge shark tank will be suspended over a large gallery that doubles as a rentable hall, with a ridiculously large translucent oculus separating the two. The floor level of that gallery, as well as support beams to hold up the future tank, can be seen in these photographs. Inside the gallery will be such wonders as an "electricity generating" dance floor.
Two rectangular masses are rising on either side of the future tank structure, containing exhibition spaces, permanent and traveling exhibits, a learning center, and a museum cafe. Between the two rectangular masses, a spherical planetarium has begun to take shape. And it will all be connected by outdoor breezeways that channel bay breezes and create highly permeable interior-exterior spaces connecting the science museum with the future Museum Park beyond.
The people of SLS Brickell, one of two new SLS hotels destined for South Miami Avenue in Brickell, have sent over renderings of the future hotel's future hotel rooms, designed by Philippe Starck. The design is much more restrained than much of his current work. (see the orgiastic cacophony that is the SLS on the beach) With baby pink walls, heavy black floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, rectilinear white furniture, and knickknacks superglued (or nailed or whatever) to the walls, the hotel room renderings recall Starck's old Miami Beach classic, the Delano.