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The long-contested Hochstein mansion at 42 Star Island was finally demolished March 18, 2014. Its owners - a plastic surgeon who calls himself the 'boob god' and his wife, a star of "The Real Housewives of Miami" - won a bitter battle to tear down their 1925 home to make way for a 20,000-square-foot estate.
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Wynwood was Miami's Golden Gate before it was hip
The Wynwood neighborhood, a local arts mecca and one of Miami’s hippest neighborhoods, was once known as the “golden gate” for Hispanic immigrants. A melting pot of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Haitians, African-Americans, Nicaraguans and Dominicans, it had been crippled by a bad image and a deteriorating economy.
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Biscayne Boulevard, Miami's show-off street
Built on the crest of the 1920s land boom to be Miami's most beautiful shopping street, Biscayne Boulevard was lined with royal palms, 900 of them. The standards of beauty were exacting for the stretch between 12th and 36th streets. A city ordinance outlawed gas stations and heavy traffic. Then, as Miami grew up and out in the decades after World War II, the boulevard fell on hard times.
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Al Capone mansion readied for a new life
The one-time estate of mobster Al Capone at 93 Palm Ave. on Palm Island is one of the oldest and most notorious in Miami Beach and was part of American prohibition-era history. Capone hosted lavish parties in the house - and spent his final days alive there. Once deteriorating, the mansion has been cleaned up and the plan is to open it for video and photo productions, said MB America CEO and co-founder Marco Bruzzi.
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Orange Bowl Stadium
Views of the Orange Bowl stadium in Miami.
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In 1911, Silver Palm Drive was a logging road connecting the Everglades to the shipping port of Black Point in South Biscayne Bay. At roughly the midway point, an entrepreneur named William “Popp” Anderson, who worked for railroad magnate Henry Flagler, built a general store that served what became a thriving farming community. The two-story country store that later became the highly praised Harvest House restaurant was the community’s best known structure. Hurricane Andrew nearly destroyed it and although there have been restoration attempts, the building has been vacant.
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The Bacardi Building
The distinctive blue-and-white Bacardi Building has been a landmark of Miami's skyline since 1963, with its modernist architecture and prominent location on Biscayne Boulevard. The eight-story tower was built in 1963 by Cuban-born architect Enrique Gutierrez. The blue-and-white tile murals of flowers, by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand, adorn the full height of the tower’s north and south flanks.
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The Ainsley Building, Miami's first office building under glass
Miami's landmark Ainsley Building at 14 NE First Avenue was super modern looking when new in the 1950s. Glass walled office buildings are common now, but the wrap-around sun shades on the south side of the Ainsley Building keep it from looking like just another glass box. In the 1950s Miami Herald photographer Bob East designed a radio-controlled unit that enabled photographers to light up Flagler Street during the annual Orange Bowl parade. East attached Ascor strobe lights to the eighth floor of the Ainsley Building.
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Endangered MIMO architecture
The nation's leading preservation group has put a trove of Miami Modern buildings in Bay Harbor Islands on its list of most endangered historic places.
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Rooftop Oasis atop New World Center
The New World Center in Miami Beach has a fanciful rooftop garden. “It looks like a forest up here,” says Raymond Jungles, the Miami landscape architect who designed it.