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A boom-time skyscraper, the Pacific Building gave way to Miami-Dade campus
The site of lavish real estate offices when it opened, Miami's once-elegant Pacific Building ended its life as a high-rise hobo jungle. The 15-story building at 327 NE First Ave. was started in 1924 as the Realty Board Building. Badly damaged in the hurricane of 1926, it nevertheless survived until being razed to make room for a downtown campus of Miami-Dade Junior College. As wreckers and county officials spent the summer of 1970 arguing how the old landmark would be leveled (dynamite was ruled out) the down, the out and the luckless enjoyed a few more months of high rise, low cost living.
Album ID: 1987357
Collins Avenue was the place to stay on Miami Beach
Collins Avenue in Miami Beach accommodated the tourists. Breakfast or the beach were just steps away.
Album ID: 1984434
Pumpernik's restaurant set the pattern for Jewish food and afternoon dinners
The first Pumpernik's opened in 1952 at Collins Avenue and 67th Street in Miami Beach. The restaurant, owned by late restaurateur Wolfie Cohen, was named after a cartoon character called Uncle Pumpernickel. Cohen later sold the rights to the name to other restaurants. Pumpernik's was a hot spot for a kosher-style bite, the site of Larry King's early radio shows, and the subject of Jackie Mason's humor. As South Florida grew, the Pumpernik's chain stretched from South Dade to Pembroke Pines, but the owners after Cohen couldn't keep the franchises open.
Album ID: 1984055
The Hochstein mansion bites the dust
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.
Album ID: 1973353
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.
Album ID: 1962664
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.
Album ID: 1887540
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.