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Welcome to the premiere issue of UPTOWN south florida magazine! UPTOWN south florida magazine strives to showcase all that is wonderful in the cities, towns, villages and communities that comprise Northeast Miami-Dade. Our goal is to get the area’s residents to go beyond their specific community comfort zones and experience the rich offerings of the other nearby communities. We want visitors to recognize that Uptown is the destination for great shopping, dining and playing.

The magazine’s pages are sure to delight as you discover Uptown! uptown (adv., n., uhp-toun; adj. uhp-toun) adverb 1. to, toward or in upper part of a town or city adjective 2. moving toward, situated in or pertaining to the upper part of a town 3. of, for or characteristic of affluent, people, elegant, stylish or luxurious


south florida magazine Publishing Director Sara Fiedelholtz/thinkbox strategies Art Director Joanna Gazzaneo Web Editor Rosie Taylor Advertising Account Executives Sondra Marcus, Jon Rogoff Distribution Baron Express, Inc. COVER: Sergio Luis Yanes


new, now & noteworthy



state of Northeast Miami-Dade’s real estate


food news to follow


special events, activities & happenings



look at the past & the present


the who, what, where why & how of tagging Northeast Miami-Dade Uptown

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details about the new season of the arts at Uptown’s museums, performance & cultural venues tGBY




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Bold graphics and bright colors are the signatures of the Finlandbased Marimekko fabrics, bedding, clothing and accessories company. Marimekko garnered the attention of Americans when Jacqueline Kennedy bought eight Marimekko dresses that she wore throughout the 1960 presidential campaign. In the 1990s, it again drew attention when the fictional character Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City wore a Marimekko bikini, dress and used tablecloths with Marimekko prints. Crate & Barrel, which has offered these larger than life colored and bold patterned textiles since 1966, is giving Marimekko even more eyecatching attention with the opening of its own shop within the store. THE MARIMEKKO SHOP Crate & Barrel The Village at Gulfstream Park 600 Silks Run, Hallandale



The Web of Holistic Educators (WHOLE) is hosting its first WHOLE 11-11-11 Conference, November 11-12 ($122/person for both days). The holistic thinking & living weekend will be filled with presentations, classes, and interactive panels promoting a natural way of life. The workshops include: religion and spirituality, reiki circle, healthy backs, and sustainable living. WHOLE 11-11-11 CONFERENCE November 11, 6pm – 9pm; November 12, 8am-6pm, Kovens Conference Center Biscayne Bay Campus Florida International University 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard 239.948.9444



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The Town of Surfside opened its new community center this past summer with much fanfare. The center includes two pools, water slides, water playground, digital library, Surf Café, natural picnic area and beach access. There is also a 1,000-square-foot allglass space for classes, events and meetings. Unfortunately, you have to be a Surfside resident to use the pool on a regular basis. A non-resident may come as a



No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. -- John Donne The Town of Bay Harbor and its founders Morris Broad, Benjamin Kane, Max Orovitz and Dan Ruskin understood this all too well as their dream to connect the islands to the mainland became a reality with the opening of the Broad Causeway on October 14, 1951. With the ease of crossing the 2.4-mile-long bridge, it is easy to forget that the Town of Bay Harbor is two islands and not just an extension of the mainland.



resident’s guest for $5. However, the community center does have a variety of classes and programs from Zumba, yoga and Pilates to swimming lessons, a children’s recreational swim team and water aerobics that are open to both residents and non-residents. SURFSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER 9293 Harding Avenue, Surfside 305.866.3635



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The Town of Surfside will be getting a new hotel on 95th Street and Collins Avenue; the 341 room Grand Beach Hotel Surfside is a $60 million project. The developers of this affordable luxury hotel already have a successful beachfront property The Grand Beach Hotel, Miami Beach. The Grand Beach Hotel Surfside will begin checking in guests the summer of 2013.



Just think the three things women love – sun, shop & spa – are put in a pretty package thanks to the Trump International Beach Resort. A two-day stay (room rates start at $299/night) at the resort through December 26, 2011 offers a VIP wallet from Bloomingdale’s with special offers and a 15% savings pass, discounts to Trump’s retail boutiques, daily American breakfast and a foot reflexology treatment at the resort’s Aquanox Spa to relax and recover after a hard day of scouting the stores. TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT Reservations 888.392.7924





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At its new location, Original Penguin will feature its collection of relaxed, sophisticated apparel. It is known for its Munsingerwear golf shirt, a.k.a. the 55. Since the brand’s rebirth in 2003, many of its vintage pieces have returned to its collection. Lola is the latest retail concept from BCBG Max Azaria and its first store in Florida is housed in the Aventura Mall. The boutique is designed to resemble a hip, city girl’s apartment – living room, bedroom and closet all showcasing trendy clothes and accessories. Another retailer bringing its first store in Florida to the mall is Breitling. As the manufacturer of technically-oriented watches, the brand stands out with a collection of mechanical chronographs known as Breitling for Bentley timepieces. Bal Harbour Shops will also add new retailers to its mix including Balenciaga, Breguet, CH Carolina Herrera, La Perla, Panerai and Stella McCartney boutiques. The recently opened Gee Beauty boutique offers oxygen facials and makeup application. In addition to the new stores, Bal Harbour Shops offers a variety of special events including its ongoing Art Nights at the Bal Harbour Shops. This is when fashion and art combine to create exclusive exhibitions and art installations. These special evenings provide a unique platform to explore the evolution of the arts in South Florida.



Last season’s Art Nights featured such creative minds as renowed fashion photographer Bruce Weber as well as Iran Issa-Khan, known for her portraits of famous designers such as Ferragamo and Fendi as well as supermodel Iman. Upcoming Art Nights at the Bal Harbour Shops are January 11, 2012; February 8, 2012; March 29, 2012. The year-round Bal Harbour Shops Author Series celebrates remarkable writers from around the world at the Bal Harbour Books & Books locations. Past authors have included chef Padma Lakshmi, superreality star Bethenny Frankel, comic genius Dave Barry and supermodel Tyra Banks. For specific details on upcoming author events at the Bal Harbour Shops location visit


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Every time you turn around there are more stores to shop at the Aventura Mall. And this fall is no exception. Louis Vuitton opened its new South Florida flagship store. The two floor retail space showcases a full range of leathergoods, ready-towear, shoes, accessories, watches and jewelry.

UPTOWNradio with Les Winston is a new twice-a-week program on 880am/The Biz. The interview format show will highlight businesses and their owners within the Uptown community. Tune in Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm on 880am/The Biz.



the who, what, where why & how of tagging Northeast Miami-Dade Uptown

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There is Downtown. There is Midtown. And now there is Uptown. The thought behind branding Northeast Miami-Dade County as Uptown is based on the idea that the sum is greater than the parts. There is no doubt that this area is filled with culturally rich and ethnically diverse communities; but, the goal is to promote the larger community as opposed to each smaller independent community trying to promote itself as a vibrant and exciting destination.


“I think it is great that all of the communities will become part of a greater community,” said Seth Bramson, America’s single most published Florida history book author and adjunct history professor at Barry University. “The idea of a magazine that is all encompassing for the entire Northeast Miami-Dade is something long overdue and in the long term will become a great asset for the entire area.”


Bramson is confident in the positive outcome of branding Northeast MiamiDade as Uptown; this is based on the success he has seen with the development of the Midtown community. “Just look at what happened to the old Buena Vista railroad yard. It was just a collection of rusted railroad tracks, unnamed neighborhoods and unfamiliar areas. It was sold, developed as a viable commercial

and residential community and marketed as Midtown – a hip, trendy area that has also become a colony for up and coming artists.” Les Winston, president of the Aventura-Sunny Isles Beach Chamber of Commerce agrees with Bramson on the success that the branding and marketing of Midtown has brought to that part of MiamiDade County. “It was critical for the so-called

neighborhoods of Midtown to work together to create an identity. The individual areas did not have the strength to generate enough attention to develop an active business community nor the wherewithal to create awareness to give people a reason to come to the area.” “It is through giving this area of Miami an identity that it brought business and created attention because it offered something unique. If it wasn’t for the development

“a way to all come together for the betterment of the entire area” of bringing the community together under one identity Midtown would not have been able to grow and thrive,” said Winston. The splendors of Northeast Miami-Dade County are great from the fabulous shopping at the Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops to the great schools in Bay Harbor Islands, Sunny Isles Beach and Aventura to the incredible ocean-front property that stretches from Surfside to Golden Beach to the hub of higher education with Miami Shores’ Barry University and North Miami’s Florida International University

campus, Johnson & Wales University and Kovens Conference Center to the art & culture offerings at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center to the ideal single-family residential communities of Biscayne Park, Bay Harbor Islands, Bal Harbour, Sky Lake, Keystone Point, Golden Beach, Eastern Shores and Surfside. This of course does not include the areas wellknown hospitals, respected professionals and wide array of highly rated Zagat restaurants.

By giving the area an identifiable moniker, it helps to provide the region with a cohesive identity that benefits all of the communities regardless of their size. “The most valuable benefit of developing Uptown South Florida magazine is the idea that through the publication we can establish a way to all come together for the betterment of the entire area,” said Bramson. “All of the communities of Northeast Miami-Dade are working towards the success from the same objectives and goals.”

Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Surfside Community Center



The second season at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center offers something from the youngest of patrons to those who will remember the performances by the Rat Pack. AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER (AACC) 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura tBWFOUVSBDFOUFSPSH

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With October comes the start of the new season of offerings at museums, performing arts and cultural centers. The 2011/2012 arts & culture roster in Uptown is getting off to a strong start with lots of new productions, exhibits and performances.



Highlights from the season include: 21ST CENTURY RAT PACK October 29, 2011 Celebrate the singing talents of three world famous entertainers – Frank, Dean & Sammy. The 21st Century Rat Pack combines the memories, glory and music of this super trio. STAYIN’ ALIVE – REFLECTIONS OF THE BEE GEES November 5, 2011 Stayin’ Alive thrills with songs and costuming SFDSFBUJOH5IF#FF(FFTGSPNUIFTUP Saturday Night Fever trademark white suits of UIFTUISPVHIQSFTFOUEBZ'BWPSJUFEBODFIJUTGSPN,$5IF Sunshine Band, The Commodores, Heatwave and more are also featured. THE SECOND CITY: LAUGH OUT LOUD TOUR February 2, 2012 America’s famed comedy troupe, The Second City, will bring big laughs with its one-of-a-kind Laugh Out Loud tour. From the Company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray, comes the next generation of comedy’s best and brightest for an evening of sketch comedy and Second City’s trademark improvisation. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL November 27, 2011 – April 29, 2012 As it continues to present a unique musical experience, the Miami International Piano Festival showcases both emerging and established artists. In 2012 the Festival will celebrate its thBOOJWFSTBSZBOEJTQSFTFOUJOHBTFSJFTPGGPVSSFDJUBMT/PWFNCFS  January 8, February 19 and April 29. FAMILY FUN October 23, 2011 – May 5, 2012 The Family Fun performances bring to life classics from children’s literature. The fun starts early with pre-show festivities, hands on arts and crafts and face painting. There will be four shows XIFSFUIFTUPSJFTBSFUIFTUBST0DUPCFS Jigsaw Jones – The Case of the Class Clown; November 20, Midsummer Night’s Dream; April 22 The Ugly Duckling;.BZHenry and Mudge.



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This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Not only does the museum offer exhibits to introduce you to contemporary arts, it also has classes for preschoolers to adults; many of these learning programs are being offered for the first time. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA) 770 NE 125th Street North Miami 305.893.6211


The Museum of Contemporary Art launches the first museum-based art and communication initiative in Miami-Dade County for children, teens and young adults. The MOCA Art Institute provides after-school, evenings, weekends and summer programs in art history, studio art, photography, creative writing, graphic arts and journalism.


This program gives adults an opportunity to develop their creativity and gain a deeper understanding of the art through lectures, studio classes, artist forums and tours.

A special Moonlight program will be offered on November 2, 2011, MOCA Executive Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater will present A Conversation with Mark Rothko in which she will interview the actor playing the artist in The Gables Stage production of the bio-drama RED (November 5 – December 4). Clearwater is a noted expert on Rothko and is the author of The Rothko and Mark Rothko: Works on Paper. $10 for members; $15 for non-members.



MODIFY, AS NEEDED Knight Exhibition Series Through November 13, 2011 The artists in this exhibition use playful tactics to confront, alter and inhabit existing societal structures. Most of the artists are presenting new works specifically for this exhibition. MARK HANDFORTH: ROLLING STOP Knight Exhibition Series November 30, 2011 – February 19, 2012 An important part of the MOCA’s history is its strong support of Miami-based artists. Mark Handforth was the first Miami artist to receive a solo show at MOCA in .BSDI)FIBTTJODFBDIJFWFE major international recognition with his large-scale sculptures from finding inspiration from everyday objects. This exhibition makes a strong statement about MOCA’s role in shaping Miami as an international center for contemporary art.

Safeguarding Your Financial Future By Les Winston We all know it is important to be prepared. We have insurance for life’s “just in case it happens” tragic and catastrophic events. And although you feel comfortable knowing that you are protected, your current insurance coverage may not be enough. There are financial hazards in life that we all try to avoid but are the types of situations that if they occur may be financially devastating for you, your business and your family. Here are the top five financial hazards and how to avoid them. Financial Hazard: DYING TOO SOON It is important to make sure you have managed risks associated with succession planning, estate planning and philanthropic planning. You need to ensure that your 5 key documents are up-to-date and understand the pre-probate estate process including reducing or eliminated taxes associated with your death.

Financial Hazard: LOSS OF PROPERTY The most common causes of loss of property are theft and destruction. It is important to evaluate your current policy and see if you are properly covered for these situations. There are also specific things that you need to do regardless of the type of insurance to ensure you get the most money from your policy should loss occur.

Financial Hazard: DISABILITY/COST OF MEDICAL CARE When you become disabled it is hard to imagine how the loss of income may impact your bank account. It is also important that your long-term disability insurance covers the healthcare costs associated with this situation.

Financial Hazard: LIABILITY DUE TO THIRD-PARTY LAW SUITS We never want to think about someone falling in our house and then suing us for damages; but we all know it can happen. Your current home policy may not include coverage for this type of incident. Obviously this is also an essential type of insurance that businesses must have.

Financial Hazard: EXTENSION OF LIFE SPAN There is no doubt that we are living longer. What happens if you out live your income? It is important to know you are prepared for this positive yet possibly difficult situation.

There are many risks that we all need to consider and as such evaluate our insurance contracts to make sure we have the proper and necessary insurance for life’s difficult situations.

Les Winston is an insurance economist with Chamber Insurance Services. Les has over 40 years experience helping individuals protect and safeguard their personal and business financial futures. He is offering complimentary reviews and analyses of your current insurance contracts to ensure you are covered for all of life’s hazards. To schedule an appointment 855.287.4247,


UP growth There is no doubt that much has changed in Northeast MiamiDade County. Clearly, the area has been impacted by the tough economy and the hard times facing the real estate market. However, according to the Miami Association of Realtors things are looking up. In August pending Miami-Dade County home sales – including single-family homes and condominiums –increased 26% and 14% respectively.

state of northeast miami-dade real estate

“The Miami-Dade real estate market continues to outperform the nation,” said Jack Levine, 2011 chairman of the board of the Miami Association of Realtors. “Rising pending sales reflect market strengthening that has resulted from the market’s increasing attraction to foreign, vacation and second home buyers. Canadian Brazilian and Venezuelan buyers lead local international sales.”


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median price Q2 2010

All neighborhoods and communities have a special nature that gives them identity and value. One community may be well known for historic homes while another offers good schools and easy access to expressways to ease commutes to offices downtown.


82 homes sold at $205,000

Earlier this month, the Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho awarded performance paychecks as part of the Race To The Top program.



114 homes sold at $227,500

The program established opportunities for teachers to receive additional pay based on student performance in four areas – related to the whole school, related to the content area within the school, related to individual teachers within the school, and Superintendent’s Progressive Teacher Awards.



87 homes sold at $85,000

The 120 teachers who received bonus dollars are part of the first school district, Miami-Dade, to reward teachers for their performance under the Race To The Top initiative.






110 homes sold at $83,850



210 homes sold at $205,110



72 homes sold at $59,750



CROSSING the finish line


Congratulations to the Uptown teachers recognized for their classroom success! TEACHER Christie Cendoya Ginette Leger Ileana B. Alfonso Jessica Fishbein John Okeke Judith Rogoff Myriam Delisma-Pierre Phyllis Diskin Roseanne Mishan Shekinah Mayard Tonia Riley

SCHOOL Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center North Miami Senior High School North Miami Senior High School Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School North Miami Senior High School Greynolds Park Elementary School North Miami Elementary School Virginia A. Boone/Highland Oaks Middle School Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School North Miami Middle School North Miami Middle School



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Your tastebuds will be thanking you after you try the recently opened locations for frozen yogurt, ice cream and frozen delights. D-LITES EMPORIUM 20695 Biscayne Boulevard 305.932.2554 Light on sodium, sugar, fat and carbohydrates this frozen dessert will satisfy without the risk of putting on the lbs.

Mister Collins


Mister Collins is a new contemporary American restaurant offering delicious comfort foods including a freshly baked soft pretzel starter, steak sandwiches and pork chops. The restaurant recently also started offering brunch. Located in One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Mister Collins also features a beautiful oceanfront view. 10295 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, 305.455.5460,


Named after his two children Marcelo Luca and Isabella, Mickey Maltese’s new family-style Italian restaurant Luca Bella is taking up residence in Chef Allen’s old Aventura location. Maltese and his family aren’t new at serving food; they are the former owners of Matteo’s in Hallandale Beach. The menu offers all the expected Italian dishes from Italian chopped salad to Mascarpone meat lasagna. 19088 NE 29th Avenue, Aventura, 305.792.2222,



Luca Bella

MOOIE’S 9545 NE 2nd Avenue 305.754.3666 The destination for the classic cone or scoop of ice cream. PINKBERRY 21211 Biscayne Boulevard 305.935.3503 Offers seasonal-flavored frozen yogurt and novel flavors like peanut butter & jelly.

TASTI D-LITE 17100 Collins Avenue 305.944.4200 It doesn’t have enough fat to be ice cream nor enough yogurt cultures to be frozen yogurt, so this non-fat soft serve frozen dessert sits somewhere in the middle. TUTTI FRUTTI 19129 Biscayne Boulevard 305.935.5301 Offering self-serve frozen yogurt and great toppings. But be careful, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach. This winter a second location will open at the Aventura Mall.



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This November Heavy Burger will be going all out to celebrate its first anniversary including a menu makeover. The new menu will have the classics but also will feature cheese burger cigars, daily homemade soups, sweet potato fries and an ice cream fountain. 19004 NE 29th Avenue, Aventura, 305.932.7555,


A new caviar and French wine bar, Savarin, has opened in the Bal Harbour Shops. The cozy location offers salads, six types of caviar, sandwiches, light pasta dishes and a lovely choice of sweets and dessert wines. 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, 305.993.5563




The last Friday of each month the Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park becomes home to a new type of combo – kites & food trucks. Kite-Flying Food Truck Nights on the Bay, 5:30pm – 10pm, offers kite flying fun, al fresco gourmet food truck dining and festive music – not to mention the great waterfront views. The culinary food truck offerings include BC Tacos, Big Kahuna, Che Grill, Dog Eat Dog and Purple People Eatery. The park’s resident kite shop Skyward Kites will be open and selling kites of all shapes and sizes, some for as little as $5 – great way for kids to enjoy the art of kite flying. Master kite flyers will also be out with their colorful giant and stunt kites catching the wind. Bring a blanket to camp out on the lawn and enjoy the night. Come by boat or by car – free parking & boat dockage. Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Avenue, 305.947.3525,



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SURF-BAL-BAY FARMERS MARKET Surfside & Bay Harbor Islands (alternates location weekly) Surfside: 95th Street/Collins Bay Harbor: Kane Concourse 9am – 2pm 305.864.0722 Upcoming Dates: October 23, 2011 (Surfside); 0DUPCFS  #BZ)BSCPS*TMBOET /PWFNCFS  4VSGTJEF  November 13, 2011 (Bay Harbor Islands); November 20, 2011 4VSGTJEF /PWFNCFS  #BZ)BSCPS*TMBOET  THIRD THURSDAY Surfside 95th Street/Harding Avenue 6pm – 9pm Enjoy music while you stroll the shops and dine at the intimate eateries the third Thursday of the month. Upcoming dates/PWFNCFS  December 22, 2011; January 19, 2012.



START TOGETHER Second Thursday Museum of Contemporary Art 770 NE 125th Street North Miami 305.893.6211 Stories and imagination come alive with MOCA’s new program for QSFTDIPPMFST BHFT  and their caregivers. The second Thursday of each month, young children will create art projects inspired by favorite children’s books. Upcoming Dates: The Giving Tree/paint your own tree, November 10, 2011; Where The Wild Things Are/wild thing masks, January 12, 2012; I’m The Biggest Thing in the Ocean/underwater windsocks, February 12, 2012. Start Together is $10 per class for MOCA members BOE$JUZPG/PSUI.JBNJSFTJEFOUTQFSDMBTTGPSOPONFNCFST Advance registration is required,



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FOOD TRUCK STOP October 29, 2011 Mardi Gras Casino 831 North Federal Highway Hallandale 6pm – 9pm KITEOBER FEST October 23, 2011 Skyward Kites 10800 Collins Avenue (Haulover Park) Miami Beach 12pm – 5pm 305.893.0906 The sky over Miami Beach will display a marvelous array of colors and figures from hundreds of kites in the air during the 19th annual kite festival. Be sure to mark your calendar for ,JUF%BZ 'FCSVBSZ BU)BVMPWFS1BSL



Seventeen food trucks will park at the casino for a different type of dinner. The trucks offering up grub include Slow Food, Monster Burger, Gastropod and Sugar Yummy Mama. The casino will provide a DJ and drink specials including $1 beers and $3 cocktails.

15TH ANNIVERSARY GALA February 25, 2012 Museum of Contemporary Art 770 NE 125th Street North Miami 305.893.6211 The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) known as the spark that ignited Miami BTBOJOUFSOBUJPOBMBSUDFOUFSXJMMCFDFMFCSBUJOHJUTth anniversary. The night will take note of the museum’s many accomplishments and to kickoff its future expansion that will double its overall size and triple its exhibition space. Many of the world’s top contemporary art collectors and artists will be attending the gala.



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Cassius Clay 1964

4VSGTJEFIBTTFWFSBMDMBJNTUPGBNF*O 8PSME)FBWZXFJHIU Champion Sonny Liston trained at the Surfside Community Center for his historic fight against Cassius Clay, who would soon thereafter change his name to Muhammad Ali and be crowned the new champ. Clay made a surprise visit to the Center in the hopes of riling up his opponent. The town’s most famous literary resident was the renowed Yiddish QPFUBOETIPSUTUPSZXSJUFS*TTBD#BTIFWJT4JOHFSoth street is known as Isaac Bashevis Singer Boulevard in the writer’s honor. "MTP UIFXSJUFSPGPWFSTPOHTGPSGBNPVTBSUJTUT JODMVEJOH GPS&MWJT1SFTMFZ 4JE5FQQFSMJWFEJO4VSGTJEFGPSZFBST Surfside secret: Although originally named after flowers, all of Surfside’s streets west of Harding Avenue were long-ago renamed after famous (mostly English) poets: Edwin A. Abbott, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, etc. At the ends of some of the east-west streets before entering the beach look up and find birdhouses commemorating some of these authors.






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