Insomnia Cookies

22 Apr

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Have you ever had a late night craving for fresh baked cookies? Crave no more! The beginning of January 2014 marked an important milestone in the development of Miami’s COOKIE scene.Image The infamous Insomnia Cookies, a late night treat delivery system, opened its doors to Miami Beach cookie fans earlier this year. The idea of delivering freshly baked goods after hours was born to a hungry student diligently working the night away at the University of Pennsylvania 10 years earlier. ImageAfter gaining popularity around campus, this delectable concept expanded and today the business boasts 40 locations nationwide.

The Miami Beach joint delivers cookies till 3am and even has a special feature, The Cookie Tracker, which updates you on the status of your mouthwatering delivery. Place your order here and don’t forget to add a pint of milk before you check out to get the full Insomnia Cookies experience:

https://insomniacookies.com/

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South Beach Comedy Festival

3 Apr

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Ultra may be over, but the Spring Break festivities are still going strong! The South Beach Comedy Festival is upon us and this year’s ninth anniversary celebration will bring the best comedy entertainment to Miami. The festival started on April 1st and will run until April 5th. For the past eight years the Festival has featured some of the top Comedy world talents as well as some local rising stars. And this year is no exception with an A list lineup of comedy celebrities such as Chelsea Handler, Chris Hardwick, Mike Epps and Joe Rogan. Don’t miss out on the action, get your tickets here: http://southbeachcomedyfestival.com/tickets/

If you’re feeling like a high roller, there are still some VIP passes available: http://southbeachcomedyfestival.com/vip/

For more information, visit the Festival website: http://southbeachcomedyfestival.com/

SkyRise Miami

24 Mar

ImageDesigned by Bernardo Fort-Brescia, this iconic structure will be the second tallest observation tower in the country. The steel and glass giant will be situated on the waterfront of Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami. Skyrise will have a sleek, hairpin-like form, which will help the tower withstand strong hurricane winds. The tower will feature an upscale restaurant, a formal ballroom, three observation decks and a nightclub perched 1,000 feet above ground. SkyRise will also offer a number of attractions for the adrenaline rush seekers; a bungee jump-like SkyRise Drop system, a SkyPlunge free fall ride and a Flying Theater simulating a ride through Miami, the Everglades and the Ocean.

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SkyRise’s developer, Jeff Berkowitz hopes to begin construction by summer of 2014 and complete the work by 2017. “It is going to allow Miami to assume its rightful place on the global map of world-class cities,” Berkowitz told Local10. “It’s iconic… It’s going to be Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

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The construction price of this phenomenal project? SkyRise might end up costing $430 million and while Berkowitz hopes to raise $270 in investments, he will also be contributing a “significant” amount of his own money, Miami News Today reports. Not only will this development draw foreign investors to the area, but it will also help create jobs for Miami residents. According to the Washington Economic Group Report, SkyRise will create some 7,100 jobs during its construction phase and an additional 17,000 once it opens its doors to the public. And the local economic stimulus doesn’t end there! The SkyRise website boasts that the tower is projected to attract 3.2 million visitors every year upon opening, which should help further boost the 305 economy.

 

For more pictures and information about the exciting future addition to the Miami skyline, please see:

http://www.skyrisemiami.com/

http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/02/12/states-tallest-observation-tower-advances/

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/20/3767826/developer-plans-1000-foot-bayfront.html

Alton Road Construction to Finish 7 Months Ahead of Schedule

3 Mar

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The road construction project on Alton Road is addressing road drainage problems in South Beach and should help prevent flooding during high tides in the future. According to The Miami Herald, the $32 million dollar project was originally supposed to be completed by August 2015. However, earlier this week the Miami Beach government announced that it will help expedite the work and complete all construction by December 2014. 

If you’ve worked, lived, or vacationed in South Beach at anytime over the past couple of months, you’ve most likely endured spontaneous detouring, heavy traffic jams and endless road rage coming from all directions. Drivers, landlords, business owners, tourists and residents have all been suffering from street closures so yesterday’s news about the project getting expedited couldn’t have been more welcome!

As reported by The Miami Herald, Mayor Levine announced that the state had agreed to speed up construction after he and city representatives met last Thursday with Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials. Meanwhile the City of Miami Beach will be doing everything possible to help customers get to the shops and restaurants affected by street closures. CBS reports that a free trolley service is now operating from Fifth Street to Lincoln Road, along Alton Road and West Avenue, with 21 stops along the way in an effort to improve accessibility. As an added bonus, trolley riders are welcome to park at the Alton Road as well as Fifth Street Parking Garages free of charge.

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Miami residents and tourists are rejoicing and looking forward to the end of this necessary, yet aggravating road repair. A big thank you to our Mayor Philip Levine for taking the lead on this project and working diligently with the Governor’s office to complete this project in record time. For further details, please refer to these articles:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/12/3748804/southbound-alton-road-to-be-closed.html

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/02/24/mayor-alton-road-construction-ahead-of-schedule/

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/24/3956830/alton-road-project-in-miami-beach.html#storylink=cpy

Tickets sold out…WTF!

21 Feb

ImageThis weekend Miami is hosting one of the nation’s largest celebrations of food and wine, The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This four-day event brings together thousands of people from all over the world. Boasting a star-studded guest list including award winning chefs and celebrities, the festival will offer attendees an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of the finest haute-cuisine tastings. The good news is you don’t have to be a foodie or a wine connoisseur to enjoy the Festival. With events planned all around the city ranging from 3* Michelin extravaganzas to late night after party bites, everyone is bound to find something fitting for their taste buds. The bad news? As with any nationally famed event, the tickets are mostly sold out. However, there are still a number of available exciting events you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Miami this weekend.

Probably one of the most legendary events of the grand opening is Moet Hennessy’s “The Q” on Thursday night.

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This year it will feature signature BBQ themed dishes by the best chefs from around the world paired by various Moet Hennessy specialty cocktails. The party is to be hosted by the renowned chef, Michael Symon and a couple of supermodels featured in the 50th anniversary edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Tickets are sold out on the festival’s website but can still be purchased here:

http://www.stubhub.com/south-beach-wine-and-food-festival-tickets/moets-hennessys-the-q-2-20-2014-4379596/

If you can’t make the daytime events but find yourself craving a late night snack, check out the midnight event Pubbelly will be hosting. What could be better than trying a pork belly medianoche with bacon-wrapped dates and chorizo created by Chef Jose Mendin? Trying it for free! This event is perfect for those who are looking to be a part of the festivities on a budget. Pubbelly will be showcasing Jose Mendin’s creations from 12 – 2am on Friday, February 20th. Make sure you send your RSVP to smithfield@hunterpr.com and get there early as the rules of the free food game call for first come first serve. Just like last year, the Burger Bash hosted by Rachel Ray is sold out. However, there are still tickets available for “Burgers and Binoculars”, an event that will take place at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach. Attendees are invited to enjoy burgers on the beach while using their complimentary binoculars to sneak a better peak at all the A-list attendees. The event will be held on Friday, February 21st from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Craving something sweet? Why not treat yourself to an afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton getting educated on the art of macaroon making? If you are more of an eater then a chef, just go and eat the macaroons that the chefs in training are preparing while you pretend to cook. This go-to gourmet dessert has won over the hearts of millions of foodies around the world. Go see what all the fuss is about at the degustation presented by pâtissier Francois Payard. If the macaroons alone don’t win you over, the impeccable wine pairings presented by sommelier Josh Wesson sure will. A perfect post-brunch stop offering the two essential components of a great Sunday: fine wine and forgetting about your diet. #yolo so hurry and get your ticket here:

http://www.sobefest.com/payardseminar

Learn About An Exciting Festival to Look Forward to This Weekend

12 Feb

One of the best things about living in Miami is enjoying its vibrant cultural scene. Not a week goes by without some sort of festival, event, or other celebratory occasion going on somewhere in this sprawling metropolis. In fact, this coming weekend alone will see one of the most unique and exciting festivals of the year.

This President’s Day Weekend, from February 15th through 17th, the lovely community of Coconut Grove will hosting its 51st Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, which offers nearly one mile of arts, crafts, food, and entertainment, running along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.  Gates open at 10am and close at 6pm. General admission is $15 per person per day, while Coconut Grove residents pay $5 per person per day with proof of residency. Children 12 and under, as well those with either Patriot Passport or Metrorail Golden Passports, receive free admission.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is one of the biggest annual events in South Florida, and is recognized as among the top five art festivals in the country. It showcases the artwork of over 360 artists from around the world, while giving members of the burgeoning local art scene a chance to display their work to the thousands of local and out-of-state collectors who visit each year. The wide variety of art genres that are showcased include mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry and metalwork, sculpture and wood.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is produced by the Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, a non-profit community organization that also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and the HunterGallery, which present special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at Mayfair, Coconut Grove. Proceeds from the festival help to fund year-round arts programs that help young Miami-Dade art students continue their art education.

Since the first festival in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools. Additionally, the festival also stimulates the local economy by attracting tourists and providing a spillover of visitors to Coconut Grove’s commercial venues, such as those on CocoWalk.

Needless to say, this is one event you shouldn’t miss out on. It’s a great way to explore Miami’s rich cultural scene while contributing to a wonderful cause. Such regular fun events are why South Florida is such a widely sought-after place to live. If you want the best this community has to offer, turn to Danny Hertzberg, an experienced and cutting-edge Realtor who offers the best Miami Beach Condos and Miami Beach Waterfront Homes in the industry. To learn more, call 305-505-1950.

 

24 Jan

As one of the world’s most vibrant cities, Miami is never without a fun activity or festivity to look forward to. One of the most iconic and popular events is the Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon, which is taking place Saturday, February 2. You can join 25,000 runners in one of the biggest races in Florida, consisting of 26.2 beautiful miles of inspiring sights, sounds, and vibrant Miami roadways.

If you’re ready to run this race, click here to read important participant instructions, or here to register for either a marathon, half-marathon, of 5K tropical run. Either way, you’ll be participating in a great charitable cause in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Enjoy a festive and energetic environment amidst the beauty and dynamism of Miami’s gorgeous downtown area.

As big as this event is, it’s just one of the many amazing activities and occasions to look forward to year-round in this aptly-named MagicCity. As one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Miami offers something for everyone. From the second-largest performing arts center in the U.S. (the Adrienne Arsht Center), to some of the most luxurious commercial centers in the country (Bal Harbour Shops and Aventura Mall), Miami and its surrounding environs brimming with opportunity.

This cultured and cosmopolitan city caters to a wide variety of lifestyles, with a bustling art and fashion scene, booming financial center, numerous parks and recreational areas, and much more. Its real estate market reflects this same emphasis on diversity, offering everything from chic urban lofts, to historic Miami Beach Waterfront Homes. Take your pick among a wide selection of unique communities, including urban Brickell, artsy Midtown, historic Coral Gables, and resort-style Miami Beach, among many others.

Whatever property or lifestyle you’re seeking, Danny Hertzberg has you covered. As one of the 30 under 30 most influential people by Forbes magazine, he offers a proven and widely-applauded track record. In fact, his phenomenal production rates lead Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Miami Beach Office to honor him as the 2010 “Outstanding Breakout Performer of the Year”, while in 2011 he earned a nominated for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce R.E.A.L. (Real Estate Achievers & Leaders) Awards for two categories, single family homes and condominiums. A proud Miami Beach native, he’s got the skills, knowledge, and professionalism you need in any trusted Realtor.

To learn more about the great lifestyle opportunities offered by this dynamic city, visit this blog regularly or call Danny Hertzberg himself at 305-505-1950. He’ll provide you with only the most coveted Miami and Miami Beach Listings on the market.

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