Your Guide to Art Basel 2016

Twisted Jersey Barrier by Matt Johnson

Twisted Jersey Barrier by Matt Johnson

Art Basel is upon us and what a wonderful time it is. 269 leading galleries will feature diverse art from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Miami Beach show will be a sight to see and experience from opening night, November 30th through December 4th. Exhibition sectors will provide visitors the option of exploring both historical art and artwork from the most recent generation. Exhibitors will display a wide array of inspiring paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, graphic prints, photography, film, and video that will stimulate your senses. The event is based in The Miami Beach Convention Center with locations extending throughout the East of Collins region.

Leading emerging artists will be displaying over 20-large scale sculptures and installations throughout Collins Park. This sector, in particular, is open to the public and opening night is November 30th. Walk-in tours will be offered ($8 per adult, $6 per student/senior) daily. “The Bass Projects”, a city-wide public art program by The Bass Museum of art will feature certain projects from this program in this sector as well. For a list of public exhibitors, click here.

The 2016 line-up will take place in Soundscape Park and The Miami Beach Convention Center. Additionally, a feature-length film screening of Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back…, selected by New York-based film curator Marian Masone will be shown in Colony Theatre Park, Friday, December 2nd from 8:30pm to 10:30pm. This sector is organized in collaboration with Director of Daata Editions and London’s Artprojx, David Gryn. For a list of Film Artists, click here.

Talks and Debates
Beginning December 1st at 10 am, Art Basel kicks off its Talks and Debates with an Artist Talk by Julio Le Parc and Dr. Estrellita B. Brodsky. For a list of talks and debates, click here.

Parties and Events

Below are our picks for the most exclusive events and parties you won’t want to miss this week:

Interview Magazine and Tiffany & Co. Paloma Picasso Cocktail Party- Tuesday, November 29th, 7:30 p.m. at 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Invite-only.

Theo Parrish (Extended Set)- Wednesday, November 30th, at Basement Miami, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-641-7119; Click here to check out the venue.

Moschino- Thursday, December 1st, 10 p.m., Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Invite-only.

Cool Down- Hosted by MoMA PS1, Thursday, November 30th, 11 p.m., FDR Lounge, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-924-4071. Click here to check out the venue.

UNICO 20°87° Pop-Up- Friday, December 2nd, 12pm, Nobu Eden Roc Miami Beach, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Interview Magazine and Cadillac Party- Friday, December 2nd, 6 p.m., MAPS Backlot, 342 NW 24th St., Miami. Invite-only.

David Squillace and Wall Miami Present Blender 3- Saturday, December 3rd, 10 p.m., Wall, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3130. Tickets cost $40 to $800 via RSVP via

Scope Art Show Envelope yourself in international contemporary art of the decade. Open to the public from Wednesday, November 30th through Sunday, December 4th, 11am – 8pm. Select from their exclusive packages for early access or purchase daily passes available here.

Scope Afterparty- Theophilus London, Nick Hook, and Kissey, Saturday, December 3rd, 8 p.m., Ora, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Check out the venue here. Invite-only.

If you can’t make it to Art Basel every day of the event, there will be plenty going on throughout the entire week, especially around the Miami Beach area. Tickets are $50 per day and permanent tickets are $105 when purchased online. Purchase tickets here. It will definitely be a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and Miami Art Week!

Mega Luxury Conglomerate East of Collins

Sunshine, luxury, beautiful beaches, upscale shopping; these are a few of the features that come to mind when we think of the luxurious community that is East of Collins. Not only is this community home to iconic areas like South Beach and Sunny Isles Beach, but its property values have been steadily increasing over the last couple of years with the development of luxury properties. With such prestige behind many of these developers and the iconic brands that have also joined the real estate game, it’s no wonder why East of Collins is the place to live and vacation.

Among these developers is The Trump Group, the visionaries behind Acqualina Resort and Spa, The Mansions at Acqualina, and The Estates at Acqualina. This international conglomerate has had an enormous impact on the East of Collins market, creating a nexus of unparalleled amenities, spacious residences, and luxurious properties.
The Trump Group
Led by brothers Eddie and Jules Trump, The Trump Group specializes in high-end real estate and has been particularly successful in the South Florida luxury market. In addition to the Acqualina properties, other well-known developments include Williams Island in Aventura and Luxuria in Boca Raton. They divide and conquer between finance, marketing, and design, and spend a great deal of time and resources researching their market and discussing with their customers their specific needs when developing a project. With the completion of the third Acqualina property, The Estates at Acqualina, there will be over 1,100 continuous feet of the Acqualina experience along the pristine beaches in the East of Collins Community.

Acqualina Resort & Spa
Fine dining with award-winning cuisines, luxury amenities, world-class service, and 400 feet of gorgeous beachfront scenery are among the many reasons to vacation at Acqualina Resort & Spa. Resort guests and visitors can enjoy an indulgent retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation at the Acqualina Spa by ESPA, complete with state-of-the-art treatment rooms, a private pool deck, and signature European heat experience areas. With a variety of restaurants to appeal to all tastes, several refreshing pools, the AcquaMarine children’s program, and countless nearby activities and shops, the resort continues to appeal to the worldly patrons of East of Collins. The Resort also has a Residences program, for those interested in the ultimate definition of grand estate living. Residents at Mansions and Estates also have privileged access to the five-star amenities and services of the resort.

The Mansions at Acqualina
With breathtaking ocean views through a vast expanse of windows, oversized rooms, and meticulously planned layouts, residents at The Mansions at Acqualina are given a sense of home, not just another luxury condominium. The property is covered in lush gardens, intricate landscaping and architecture waterfalls, and includes private outdoor sanctuaries for homeowners and an amenity-rich pool deck. The hammam spa, sunset reflecting pool and firepit, private theater, children’s center, and virtual golf are among the many extravagant amenities that make Mansions one of Miami’s most luxurious properties. With a top quality gym, exquisite amenities, concierge services all led by highly trained professional staff members, and immediate beach access, the iconic building’s reputation speaks for itself. Resale units are available; please contact us for further details.

The Estates at Acqualina
With projections of breaking ground at the end of 2016 or early 2017, The Estates at Acqualina property is the third and final property of the ultra-luxurious Acqualina development in Sunny Isles Beach. Known as “The World’s Finest Residences”, The Estates at Acqualina property is a private 5.6-acre oceanfront gated amenity experience where multi-generational families can relax, work, and play with complete privacy and security. Residents will enjoy estate-like grounds, complete with lushly landscaped walking paths, cozy gazebos, sculpture gardens, and lobbies designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Apart from the white glove service and excellence that the brand already encompasses, this Trump property also has an ice skating rink, golf and surfing simulator, cigar lounge and billiards room, Wall Street Trader’s Clubroom, bowling alley, disco, soccer field, bocce court, dog park, and so much more. This property is exclusive to only 264 families; from grand penthouses to single-family estate homes, with walk-outs directly onto the beach. Units are available for sale; please contact us for details.

What does this mean for East of Collins?
The Acqualina brand has an ongoing 5-diamond rating and The Acqualina Resort and Spa is AAA’s only Five Diamond hotel on Miami Beach. The brand represents prestige, class, and the highest levels of elegance. With every addition to the brand, comes more and more amenities and higher levels of accommodations for residents and guests, alike. The surrounding area of Sunny Isles Beach, South Beach, and Bal Harbour is easily accessible to all residents and visitors of these properties, which is also beneficial to surrounding businesses. This is tremendous for the real estate market and community East of Collins.

Dezer Development is Redefining Oceanfront Real Estate East of Collins

Graphic from Dezer Development

Graphic from Dezer Development

The father and son team of Dezer Development have been making waves in U.S. development and luxury real estate markets for decades—forging unique partnerships, collaborations, and and cementing their status as visionaries in the luxury real estate market. Having immigrated from Isreal in the 1960s, Michael Dezer was far from the mega developer he is today. After playing an instrumental role in the successful redevelopment of the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City back in the 70s, Michael Dezer purchased his first oceanfront property in South Florida in 1985. Today, Dezer owns over 27 acres of oceanfront property in Sunny Isles Beach, with rights to develop additional properties, which peaks the number to over 30 acres.

What was once known as “Motel Row”, Sunny Isles Beach is now called “Florida’s Riviera”—a mecca of opulent resort-style towers built with groundbreaking technology. Dezer Development has been on the forefront of this development, with several Trump buildings developed in the early 2000s. This marked the beginning of Gil Dezer’s instrumental brand partnerships to change the face and value of South Florida’s real estate industry.

2012 marked a new era for Dezer Development, announcing a master licensing agreement with Germany-based Porsche Design Group, expanding on the iconic brand’s reach in the ultra-luxury market. The venture’s first project is the Porsche Design Tower, a 60-story, 132-unit building in Sunny Isles Beach showcasing a one-of-a-kind patented robotic parking system, which will allow owners to park their vehicles directly next to their units. The project is earmarked for completion in late 2016.

Continuing to build on brand relationships, Dezer Development and the Related Group are set to break ground on the Residences by Armani/Casa condominium tower in Sunny Isles Beach today with an expected completion sometime in 2018. This project marks the first real estate project in the U.S. for the globally acclaimed fashion brand and an exclusive partnership between the three ultra-luxury brands. When completed, the tower will feature over 35,000-square-feet of incomparable amenities across two floors, all exquisitely designed by Armani/Casa with rich textiles and custom furnishings. Units range from 1,350 square to 4,160 square feet. They are priced from $2 million to over $15 million.

To date Dezer Development publicizes seven properties in Sunny Isles Beach as future developments, four of which are east of Collins Avenue. No reports have been made regarding future development projects for Dezer, however the brand continues to actively search for other major brands to partner with as they further define the East of Collins skyline.

Best Beach Spots from South Beach to Sunny Isles


When it comes to choosing the best beach, how do you know where to go?
While all of Miami beaches’ feature picturesque turquoise water, soft sand and swaying palm trees desired by people all over the world, different areas are known for their distinct features and personalities.

South Beach

Spanning an area from 1-21st Street, South Beach beaches are world-renowned, featuring open stretches of pure beach, sand, blue water and beautiful people. The beaches are clustered in blocks of unique experiences and backdrops located either behind private upscale condominiums or charming Art Deco boutique hotels. Large crowds of both tourists and locals walk the Oceanside strip, lay indulgently enjoying full seaside chair and beverage services, or get fit along the exercise paths. Hit the higher streets above 15th for a quieter beach experience while the mid and lower-South Beach areas boasts restaurants, bars, shops and cafes making it a lively party scene day and night. 3rd Street is known to have a more local, eclectic vibe complete with yoga and full moon meditations, while the gay community tend to favor 12th Street.

Miami Beach Central

This Beach area between 21st and 78th Street is a somewhat more tranquil and residential experience with an open stretch of sandy beach that has become popular for strolling, jogging and skating due to the elevated boardwalk that occupies most of this territory. Rent an umbrella or beach chair, soak up some sun and bathe in crystal waters while lying behind Miami Beach condominiums and famous luxury hotels such as the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel located at Collins Avenue and 44th Street. Miami Beach Central is sure to become a hotspot in the near future as the Faena District opens and other developments along Collins Avenue are completed.

North Beach

The beach area between 46th Street and 78th Street, is within Central Miami Beach, however also leads up to the eclectic zone known as North Beach. Enriched by a multi-cultural ambiance, this area attracts more of a local community and is also famously known for its open-air amphitheater operated by The Rhythm Foundation, which plays host to a plethora of events throughout the year including the ever popular Heineken Transatlantic Festival. On the fourth Wednesday of every month you can dust the sand off your feet at sunset and enjoy free entertainment and music at the Food Truck & Music Fest. You can even find uninhabited areas here in the 70s where tall buildings have not yet taken over the landscape. Simply enjoy pure rustic beach behind the famed North Beach Park area which sits amidst acres of green trees.

Bal Harbour

Moving north up the coast of Collins takes you to the ultra luxurious zone of Bal Harbour’s beaches located from 96th Street to the Halouver Bridge. This beach area is less of a party scene and more of an upscale adult experience located behind the city’s most luxurious resorts such as the St. Regis and Ritz Carlton. You can enjoy a day of true relaxation and luxury while staring at the open ocean view and blue sky. Read a book, go for a nice swim, or take a walk on the newly renovated scenic Bal Harbour boardwalk. Instead of the typical picnic basket on the beach, indulge in the ultimate luxurious beach experience by heading across the street to the Shops at Bal Harbour for a relaxing lunch, restaurants include: Carpaccio, The Grill at Bal Harbour, and newly opened Le Zoo.

Sunny Isles

Sunny Isles beaches have become a growing choice for beach-goers as the area spanning from 163rd-192nd Street continues to produce come of the city’s most exciting new hotels and condominium properties. With this booming growth comes a larger crowd of people and a vast array of beach activity as each high rise property promises to outdo the next by offering a wide array of beachside services and activities. If you’re planning a day at the beach with the family, Acqualina Resort & Spa offers luxurious beachside services with a host of aquamarine children’s activities. In addition, the famous Beach Bar @ Newport Fishing Pier adds a unique rustic flavor to Sunny Isles for those who want to reminisce of the days when going to the beach was just big open beach and organic fun.

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5 culturally stimulating events to experience authentic Miami

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Anyone unfamiliar with Miami’s finer cultural offerings may envision “quintessential” Miami entertainment as nights spent hitting the dance floor at LIV, but the Magic City has much more to offer its classy and curious citizens than its famed nightlife.

From the burgeoning art scene in Wynwood to musical performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center to a slew of quirky events that occur throughout South Beach, below are a few ways you can expand your worldview and add some cultural spice to your South Floridian lifestyle.

1. The South Beach Seafood Festival
When: Oct. 21-24, 2015
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If you’ve spent one too many nights at Joe’s gorging on stone crab, perhaps it’s time to expand your palate’s horizons. Though the world-famous institution will be making an appearance at The South Beach Seafood Festival, it’s not the only mouthwatering cuisine you’ll find at the event. Experience the freshest seasonal seafood dishes Miami’s finest culinary minds have to offer. Enjoy tantalizing, creative hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, and rub shoulders with Miami’s most discerning foodies.

2. The New World Symphony WALLCAST
When: Beginning October 10
Location: New World Center

You’ve never seen the symphony quite like this before. Become immersed in a sensory experience that’s fun for the whole family or for a romantic evening: Visual and audio technology bring music to life on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall at Miami Beach SoundScape at New World Center. The best part? The shows are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out upcoming events here.

3. Authentic salsa dancing classes
When: Varies
Location: Multiple

Is it a surprise to anyone that Miami is a city with a vibrant salsa scene? Some of the city’s top-rated classes include Latin Dance Movement, Salsa Fever Miami and VK Dance Studio, located on Miami Beach. At VK Dance Studio, founded by legendary instructor and choreographer Viktor Kanevsky, choose from a variety of classic and Latin dance styles, and learn moves you never thought you’d master.

4. Get jazzy
When: Wed. and Thurs. nights from 8-11PM (mostly jazz); Nov 20-22. (SIB jazz fest)
Location: The Betsy Hotel & Sunny Isles Beach

Miami may be well known for its Latin-inspired music events and flavor, but traditional jazz also has a place to call home in the Magic City. The (mostly jazz) Live Music Series, which takes place at The Betsy South Beach hotel, is a jazz-enthusiast’s dream: Live performances range from improv to renditions of classic numbers, and occur every Wednesday and Thursday nights from 8-11 p.m. For jazz lovers seeking an all-in-one experience, the Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Festival will take place this year on the weekend of November 20th and will feature names like Shenita Hunt, Carole Ann Taylor, Lisanne Lyons and Maryel Epps. Tickets to select events are currently available.

5. Design Miami/
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Location: Meridian Avenue and 19th St., South Beach

If you’ve experienced Art Basel Miami Beach in the past, you know the annual event offers exposure to some of the greatest minds and creators in the art world, who come together from around the globe. Design Miami/ takes this concept to another level with exhibitions showcasing cutting-edge work from some of the world’s most distinguished designers, as well as emerging big names. Collectors, enthusiasts, and gallerists alike are sure to find delight in this can’t-miss event that’s part art fair and part exhibition.

How do you expand your cultural horizons in the Magic City? Tell us in the comments.