Updated on January 16, 2018
- George Clooney
- Craig Robins
What do these famous icons have in common? Each one, entourage intact, have been spotted at the internationally acclaimed Design District of Miami. If those names aren’t magnanimous enough, how about these?
- Drew Barrymore
- Cindy Crawford
- Ben Stiller
- Julianne Moore
- Christina Aguilera
- Adam Levine
- Ellen Degeneres
- Zooey Deschanel
- Keri Russell
- Diana Keaton
These celebrities use Design District addresses as home base. With culture, beauty, and luxury retailers surrounding the area, why would one live anywhere else in the world? Beyond its glamorous surroundings, there is a rich heritage that makes Design District even more lovable.
Buena Vista mothers the Design District along the southern edge of Miami’s Upper East Side. While the area is located centrally, it’s near enough to the bay to offer a quality destination stop for travelers, tourists, and celebrities alike. The area is an 18 square block surrounded on the south by US 27 and North 43rd Street along the North edge. West First Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard border the West and East sides, respectively.
The district, once plagued by urban decay, was converted at the start of 2000’s to become an iconic and flagship area marked with fashion, art, and luxury retail. Low-rise warehouses were initially converted into retail spaces with cafes and art galleries.
After the birth of Design Miami and Miami Art Week, the area became an attraction for investors, architects, and real estate developers. Craig Robins is rumored to instigate the rebirth, followed by designers like Christian Louboutin and Yohji Yamamoto. Upgrades from that point have included increased shaded walkways, community areas, and accessible outdoor seating. Combined with renowned retailers and community events like live music and farmers markets, the area is now considered both fashionable and family-friendly.
Celebrities are not alone in making the area home. Iconic institutions have also made Miami’s Buena Vista Design District not only well traveled, but a hot spot for art. Consider some of these stellar institutions that have either permanent installations or designated galleries.
- John Baldessari
- Zaha Hadid
- Xavier Veilhan
- The Buckminster Fuller Institute
- Konstantin Grcic
- Marc Newson
Posted on December 5, 2017
Empire State Building
1,250 feet tall
This United States National Landmark was built in 1931 and probably the most famous skyscraper in the world.
The top of the ESRT Empire State Building is home to most of New York City’s broadcast FM radio and commercial TV stations. Inside it houses a great number of well-known businesses such as Shutterstock, LinkedIn, Skanska and Global Brands Group. It’s also a popular site for countless celebrities to visit and many various images could be found of famous people admiring the Empire State Building.
Hilary Duff, Taylor Swift, Alan Ruck, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Abigail Breslin, Alberto Del Rio, Ashanti, Ariana Grande, Blink 182 and too many others to count.
One World Trade Center AKA the Freedom Tower
1,776 feet tall with its spire included.
The One World Trade Center was rebuilt in 2014 to replace the original that was struck down on 9/11 back in 2001.
The famous skyscraper gives visitors a 360-degree perspective and also has three restaurants, an exhibit about its construction called Voices and a Sky Portal. The Sky Portal is an arrange of 14-foot wide circular high definition display that shows real-time striking footage at their guest’s feet. It also has attracted celebrities including Priyanka Chopra, Barack Obama, Bruce Willis, Olivia Wilde, Janet Jackson, Jessica Alba, Coco Rocha and others.
40 Wall Street
It first opened in 1930, originally being called the Bank of Manhattan and for a brief period of time, it was celebrated as being the tallest before the title was taken away by the Chrysler Building’s spire.
Similar to what happened to the Empire State Building, The Crown Jewel of Wall Street was hit by a Coast Guard plan in 1946 in the midst of a fog which killed 4 people. The Trump company acquired the building in 1995 and Donald Trump renovated it in 1996.
792 feet tall
Once called the Cathedral of Commerce, this agrotechnical beauty was designed by Cass Gilbert and built in 1913. For years it has been admired for its stunning neo-Goth details such as marble floors and stairs, gargoyle heads, and a stunning mezzanine which is definitely worth a quick tour. The green coper castle-like skyscraper is the National Historic Landmark and masterpiece and has been featured in various films like Cloverfield, Enchanted and the Great Gatsby.
The Chrysler Building
1,046 feet tall
Renowned for stealing the title for the tallest building from under the noses of 40 Wall Street, by raising their height with its steel spire inside the building’s crown just several weeks after 40 Wall Street debut.
the American automotive executive Walter Chrysler had it built back in 1930 by William Van Alen to show the City and the world the grandeur of his company. New York’s most famous Art Deco style building is free to visitors but can only be granted access to the lobby where guest often come to appreciate the decoration.
Posted on November 28, 2017
Everything that we do each and every day is because of military service members now and in the past, that have risked their lives for our many freedoms. It takes a very special type of person to put their life on the line in a foreign nation in order to protect hundreds of thousands of people back home that they don’t even know. That’s why so many people who haven’t personally served feel it their own responsibility to take care of our soldiers in any way that they can once they return home.
From November 20th to November 24th, a news organization in Norfolk, VA – 13 News Now in partnership with Operation Once in a Lifetime hosted Military Dream Week. During this special week, Operation Once in A Lifetime reached out to service members in need of a helping hand in some way.
Military dream week helped aid active duty soldiers, veterans, and their families with small things like a basic car repair all the way to throwing a to-be-mom the baby shower of their dreams. In some cases, the program even gives a well-deserved trip to a military family who might not be able to afford the trip otherwise.
Even though they have already given so much to their country, the service members could not be more grateful of these kind acts and the generosity of the sponsors who make this program possible. One of the sponsors of this event is Virginia Based ADS, Inc – https://twitter.com/adstactical – a company that provides equipment for the military, first responders, and government contractors. They heard of Military Dream Week and very quickly knew they wanted to be a sponsor of such a special cause. Other sponsors included the Virginia Ship Repair Association, the City of Norfolk’s Naval Station Norfolk Centennial Commission, and Cavalier Ford Lincoln.
These generous sponsors helped provide the gifts, trips, and vehicles for the servicemen and women who were the luck recipients. Overall it was a spectacular success and hopefully in 2018 the tradition will continue!
Posted on October 27, 2017
A 2010 decision by Woodland Pulp to vertically integrate operations and construct an additional plant on site left new owners searching for a variety solutions. The paper making industry once a thriving force in Maine’s economy, had experienced a serious downturn. The investment needed for Woodland Pulp’s project was $120 million. In addition, there was a shortage of skilled workers available local. Woodland Pulp faced the critical need of recruiting capable employees and securing the needed capital.
The solution: New Markets Tax Credit Financing.
To qualify for the federally subsidized program, a project must provide a tangible benefit to an area suffering from economic distress. Woodland Pulp definitely met this criteria. Located in Baileyville, Maine, the company had operated in the area since 1905. Mill upgrades would provide employment protection for over 300 employees and create 80 new jobs with the added St. Croix facility.
The confidence to upgrade an aging mill with state-of-the-art equipment is the investment in developing a qualified work force. For this, Woodland Pulp partnered with CEI Capital Management. CEI is a non-profit that distributes New Market fund. Together the entities agreed to add a community benefits agreement to Woodland Pulp’s financing. This agreement resulted in a workforce training program for Woodland Pulp and was extended the other businesses in the area.
One requirement to qualify for the Maine NMTC Program is companies must pay hourly wages above the region area. Woodland Pulp will offer standard opportunity for advancement to employees as they mature with the company.
Woodland Pulp’s impact on the local job market has not been isolated to the eighty jobs that were added by the newly finished companion plant. The impact on the local company generated by Woodland Pulp’s increased company staff is expect to be seen in job growth at restaurants, gas stations, and an assortment of local business. An increase in job creation as well as job security as already occurred for area truck drivers that transport Woodland Pulp products to to and fro. Local construction companies that have provided construction services for Woodland Pulp also found tangible benefit.
Woodland Pulp is committed to continue efforts alongside the Baileyville community in job recruitment, training, and retention. Proud of the benefits afforded the Baileyville area by the addition of their St. Croix Tissue plant, Woodland Pulp is looking forward to future opportunities to advance current partnerships and help foster economic sustainability.
Posted on October 16, 2017
The Miami Design District, also known as the Hollywood Celebrity Community, is recognized for its contemporary, state-of-the-art architecture. In addition to the number of luxurious shops, high end art galleries, infamous nightclubs, and 4-star restaurants, you might see some of the celebrities you would see on television. Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, has a private table at the WALL Lounge, where he invites Lukas Hass, Craig Robins, and Tobey Maguire. Whether you stroll down 2nd Ave, or attend any of the prestigious events, you are more likely to see, and possibly even mingle, with your favorite actors, models, and musicians. Ceelo Green was spotted having a good time at the lobby bar of 1 Hotel. If you’re a “foodie”, you might be interested in trying out Enrique Iglesias’ new and established restaurant called TATEL Miami. For charity events, such as the AIDS Walk, you will be impressed to know that David Bromstad made his own contribution.
Aside from celebrity sightseeing, there are a number of stores to visit, if your wallet is burning a hole through your pocket. Even visiting the different shops, you will see people such as Kate Hudson making her glamorous rounds in expensive purchases. The popular jewelry store, Jason of Beverly Hills, for example, contains handcrafted jewelry worn by Jennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson. If you stop by, you might convince a staff member to tell you some of the experiences they’ve been able to share with them. That’s assuming you don’t see any of them yourself.
From decaying to dazzling, it is a must-see place to visit at least once. If you still need convincing, keep in mind of the wide variety of sightseeing tours. These include the Miami Art and Culinary Tour, the Private Half Day Miami Tour, and even bus tours with premium options. The bus tours have live guides, extra freebies, and dozens of routes, but that’s most likely going to be the last place you would spot a celebrity.
Whether the Miami Design District is on your list of places to visit, or if you heard your favorite singers and actors hang out with tourists and fans, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up if you come by it. From charming art walks, to enchanting jewelry boutiques, there is definitely something fun and exciting to do for everyone to enjoy during their visit. The running joke when in a discussion about the Miami Design District is, “If you don’t see a celebrity, you must be blind.”
Posted on September 19, 2017
IGY Marinas has entered into a partnership with Boatyard. The company specializes in a mobile application giving boaters the ability to schedule maintenance, have fuel delivered, and more with a couple clicks using their smartphones. There will be five devices for guests that are already pre-loaded available at the marina in South Florida. The application is additionally available through iTunes for all Apple devices and is expected to revolutionize the industry of boating. Guests will spend less time in lines at the fuel docks and more time fishing, swimming, yachting, and cruising.
The Anchor Club Strategic Partners have been pre-loaded on the application by IGY Marina so loyal customers will have a much easier time scheduling service. Gili Wojnowich is the Operations Manager for IGY Marina’s and will receive all inquiries. With the help of her team all requests will be completed. According to Gili Wojnowich the application is simple, sophisticated, and has the capabilities for payment and direct orders. The needs of all customers will be filled with speed and efficiency. Once the application has been perfected expansion to additional locations is expected. The technology is exciting and IGY Marina’s is certain their customers will enjoy the convenience and scheduling services available.
The new partnership will enable IGY Marina’s to expand their mobile technology in 2017. Assorted business ventures are being explored to enhance what the marina can provide for their discerning clients. They believe this relationship has provided the ability to adapt to the virtual environment of modern society and aid in the growth of the brand development. As the CEO of IGY Marina, Tom Mukamal spoke of how hard they have worked to build relationships with numerous brands in the industry. He stated their partnership with Boatyard provided a new way to reach their customers and they look forward to furthering their use of the innovative technology.
Founded by Andrew Farkas, IGY Marina has their base in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is the world’s biggest international marina company. Vessels located in the Western hemisphere use them as a point of contact and over 8,000 vessels are serviced each year. IGY caters to mega yachts, sail and cruise ships, and sport fishing. The can accommodate 300 vessels more than eighty feet and provide annual service to 900 superyachts. They provide services including crew training, provisioning, and maritime and health travel. They host nautical events including fishing and international sailing and operate under a philanthropic initiative.
Posted on August 30, 2017
The Miami Design District and More – Beauty to Behold and a Place for Many Top Artists to Call “Home”
Miami Design District in Florida is not only one of its kind for attracting tourists from all around the world – though primarily those in Central and South America – but it also boasts a reputation of having numerous celebrities within it. People of fame and status have visited this area regularly for several decades and only continue to do so with increasing frequency. Such celebrities have included the following; some have even lived in the district for longer periods:
1. Gloria Estefan
2. Enrique Iglesias
3. Anna Kournikova
4. Lenny Kravitz
6. Oprah Winfrey
7. Craig Robins
In addition, it has commonly been reported that former Lord of the Rings movie star and Academy Award Winner Orlando Bloom has made a visit or two in the last year – along with the likes of Tyler Perry, Justin Bieber and even Vanessa Hudgens, not to mention countless other great Hollywood minds. These people are some of the best, and for that, they only get the best welcome from the district in turn: Many are kindly encouraged to come back again soon, of which they happily do. In fact, even newcomer celebrities, such as many rising stars within the Disney and Nickelodeon TV show genres, are continually encouraged to pay a visit, reminded of all that beautiful Miami can show them.
Gloria Estefan, for Instance
For example, let’s talk about Gloria Estefan, who is considered a billionaire diva and pop sensation in the world of Latin American music. Did you know that she also holds her own in Miami and would never forget the beautiful Miami Design District within it nonetheless? It’s true: Her roots are right here, and we can see why.
Enrique Iglesias, Another Fine Example
Enrique Iglesias grew up in this beautiful, unique and heavily populated city, and that’s no secret. In fact, though he is constantly on tour and travels the world excessively, he still holds Miami as one of his homes – and the Miami Design District as one of his “top nesting spots”. He was spotted in the area just last month. This son of legendary Julio Iglesias has done everything to make a name that all his own, and he has held that the district’s culture has helped.
Posted on July 21, 2017
Growing as an investor entails diversifying your investment portfolio. This is exactly what Legg Mason did after signing deals spanning from hedge funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and real estate. According to Mary Althridge, spokesperson of Legg Mason, these investments will see it become a minority shareholder at Precidian Investments which specializes in ETFs. It will own majority stake at Clarion Partners. In addition, the company made deals to merge its EnTrust Capital and Permal Group in hedge funds management.
Further details on the three deals indicate that, the $585 million buyout of Clarion Partners from former owners, Lightyear Capital, will see Legg Mason become the majority shareholder with 83%. The deal further required the latter to pay for co-investments in the real estate company to the tune of $16 billion by December 2016. Part of the deal was that the management team at Clarion Partners, will retain their 17% minority stake. These include the CEO of Clarion Partners, Stephen J. Furnary and other top-level management who have penned down long-term contracts. By the beginning of the year, Clarion Partners was a subsidiary, fully operational company, affiliated with Legg Mason. To date, Clarion Partners oversees assets worth over $40 billion.
In the second deal, Legg Mason paid $400 million in a partnership with EnTrust. Legg Mason’s Permal and Gregg S. Hymowitz’s EnTrust, were to merge in their hedge funds management. The newly formed company, EnTrustPermal, will combine its $12 billion formerly managed by EnTrust which is made up of over 450 institutional investors’ hedge funds with Permal’s European and retail clients’ $14.5 billion. The collective figure of $26.4 billion ranks EnTrustPermal Company, based on the yearly survey by Pensions & Investments, the fifth largest hedge funds-of-funds company countrywide. A management retention was also seen in this deal. Starting mid-2016, EnTrustPermal was under Gregg S. Hymowitz’s leadership who served as the CEO and also owned 35% stake of the company. Part of the newly-formed EnTrustPermal’s strategy, it will be floating 18 hedge funds strategies across its 11 offices run by 55 financial professionals. This synergetic combination is poised to save the hedge fund conglomerate up to $30-$40 million in costs.
Lastly, the ETF deal with Precidian saw Legg Mason purchase a 19.9% minority stake. The deal was flexible because it allows increase in shareholding, if the latter would want to become a majority owner at Precidian in future. As a result, the three deals have seen Legg Mason begin 2017 with an investment portfolio managing assets in excess of $671.5 billion.
Posted on June 28, 2017
The Buena Vista neighborhood located between Little Haiti and the Design District in Miami, Florida was first established in the 1920’s. The Buena Vista East Historic District is on the National Historic Registry with numerous mansions that have maintained their integrity and antiquity throughout the years. The Buena Vista neighborhood sits on the Northside of the acclaimed Miami Design District filled with architectural firms, over 130 art galleries, design educational facilities and schools, luxury boutiques, antique shopping, upscale restaurants, and more.
The luxury shopping includes famous names such as Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Tom Ford, Prada and more. The infamous Art Basel week brings the most talented and influential artists, collectors, designers, curators and others together creating museum-quality exhibits and generating synergy amongst the public.
The Miami Design District attracts celebrities for travel and establishing residency such as Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, and Anna Kournikova. Other celebrities that have purchased homes in the art-deco Miami Design District are Gianni Versace, Sylvester Stallone, Lenny Kravitz, Craig Robins, and Rickey Martin. Other celebs are seen frequently at Prime 112 Steakhouse with private dining rooms in an exquisite antique home where Gloria Estefan, Cameron Diaz, and numerous other prominent figures have dined. The Petit Miami Beach Restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and artistic flare attract artists such as Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein, who partake in the expressive atmosphere regularly. The chic atmosphere of the Sea salt and Pepper Restaurant attracts many famous patrons such as Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham and Sofia Vergara, with international seafood, acclaimed pizza, an outdoor patio lounge, and indoor dining with spectacular Miami skyline city views.
Emilio and Gloria Estefan recently opened Estefan Kitchen serving fine Cuban cuisine. Chef Odell Torres, who heads the Estefan’s Larios on the Beach and Bongos Cuban Café, is overseeing the fine-dining eatery located in the Miami Design District. Stars from around the world not only visit and live in the exquisite Buena Vista and surrounding areas, but, open restaurants, bars, hotels, shops, galleries, and more as one of the hot-spot destinations.
Posted on June 28, 2017
New York City is home to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and is the sixth tallest building in the entire world; the One World Trade Center. It also features skyscrapers like the Bank of America Tower and the ESRT Empire State Building in Manhattan which were designed with the world in mind. It features a beehive on the roof of the building! We also can’t fail to mention the popular Trump World Tower.
The One World Trade Center
The roof on this high rise is 1,368 feet (417 m) high up in the sky. This iconic building kept the same name as the original World Trade Center, which was completely obliterated on 9/11. It’s massive size consumed an entire block featuring West Street on the west side, Vesey Street on the north side, Fulton Street on the south, and Washington Street on the east side. Currently the land it’s sitting on is owned by The Port Authority and the leases are owned by Larry Silverstein.
The Bank of America Tower in Manhattan
This massive building cost $1 Billion dollars to complete and is said to be one of the most ecologically friendly buildings in the entire world. You should visit the Urban Garden Room at 43rd Street and 6th Avenue, as it is open to anyone who would like to visit. This building has its own greywater system in which it reuses and recycles any rain water it collects. They have also provided some very unique waterless urinals to save on water consumption. In 2013 they invited Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm to maintain and develop two bee hives. The tower has been featured in the hit TV show Daredevil where two actors meet in the lobby for a meeting.
The Trump World Tower
The Trump World Tower has been under a great deal of scrutiny in modern politics as well as during its construction. Over $500,000 were raised opposing the buildings construction. All opponents ended up losing the battle and the tower was raised. It’s currently a residential building that was designed by architect Costas Kondylis. It is 72 floors that were bought and built by Donald Trump and the Daewoo Corporation from South Korea. It is currently the second tallest all-residential building in the world, right behind the 21st Century Tower in Dubai. Many famous people have either rented or stayed in this building, including Derek Jeter from the New York Yankees, Bill Gates, Sophia Loren, and others. In June of 2001 Donald Trump sold the 45th floor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who use the apartments as part of its Mission to the United Nations.
There are so many wonderful high rises in New York City and each of them have a very special and personal story behind them. You’ll never run out of reasons to explore and visit them.