Uber, my favorite transportation app that connects you with drivers in your area to schedule a car service, finally launched in Miami on June 4th. It’s motto, “Moving People; tap a button, get picked up in minutes”, is an accurate description of the services this amazing company offers. Already a prevalent method of transportation in several big cities around the US such as NYC and San Francisco, Uber has had a hard time getting the State Legislature’s approval to launch in Miami as the taxi lobby has been pushing back. It’s been a long journey for Uber, but after months of lobbying and thousands of petitioners voicing their support, Miami joined the ranks of some 120 Uber-friendly cities around the world. As reported by the company’s official Blog, this new method of transportation will be “better, faster, and over 25% cheaper than a taxi.” If you still haven’t given Uber a shot, download the app and order your ride using my Uber code, mo692, to get $30 off your first journey. Redeem it at uber.com/invite/mo692
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. 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. After 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:
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/
Designed 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.
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.”
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.
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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.
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:
This 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.
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:
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 email@example.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.
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: