Miami Beach

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 04:13 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Miami / South Florida

Biscayne Island © Averette/cc-by-3.0-en

Biscayne Island © Averette/cc-by-3.0-en

Miami Beach is a coastal resort city in Miami-Dade County in Florida. It was incorporated on March 26, 1915. The municipality is located on a series of natural and man-made barrier islands between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, the latter which separates the Beach from Miami city proper. The neighborhood of South Beach, comprising the southernmost 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) of Miami Beach, along with Downtown Miami and Port of Miami, collectively form the commercial center of South Florida. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 88,000. Miami Beach has been one of America’s pre-eminent beach resorts since the early 20th century.

In 1979, Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After Napier in New Zealand, the Art Deco District is the second largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and comprises hundreds of hotels, apartments and other structures erected between 1923 and 1943. Mediterranean, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco are all represented in the District. The Historic District is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the East, Lenox Court on the West, 6th Street on the South and Dade Boulevard along the Collins Canal to the North. The movement to preserve the Art Deco District’s architectural heritage was led by former interior designer Barbara Capitman, who now has a street in the District named in her honor (Miami Design Preservation League).

Each December, the City of Miami Beach hosts Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the largest art shows in the United States. Art Basel Miami Beach, the sister event to the Art Basel event held each June in Basel, combines an international selection of top galleries with a program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city’s Art Deco District, and ancillary events are scattered throughout the greater Miami metropolitan area. Miami Beach is home to the New World Symphony, established in 1987 under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. In January 2011, the New World Symphony made a highly publicized move into the New World Center building designed by Canadian American Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry.

Biscayne Island © Averette/cc-by-3.0-en North Beach © Akoya Condominiums/cc-by-sa-3.0 Government Cut between Miami Beach and Fisher Island © Averette/cc-by-sa-3.0 Ocean Drive - Art Deco buildings © Hubo/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Miamiboyz South Beach Panorama © Matt H. Wade/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Miami Beach is home to a number of Orthodox Jewish communities with a network of well-established synagogues and yeshivas, the first of which being the Landow Yeshiva, a Chabad institution in operation for over 30 years. There is also a liberal Jewish community containing such famous synagogues as Temple Emanu-El and Cuban Hebrew Congregation. There are a number of kosher restaurants and even kollels for post-graduate Talmudic scholars, such as the Miami Beach Community Kollel. Miami Beach had roughly 60,000 people in Jewish households, 62 percent of the total population, in 1982, but only 16,500, or 19 percent of the population, in 2004, said Ira Sheskin, a demographer at the University of Miami who conducts surveys once a decade. The Miami Beach Jewish community had decreased in size by 1994 due to migration to wealthier areas and an aging of the population.

Since the late 20th century, cycling has grown in popularity in Miami Beach. Due to its dense, urban nature, and pedestrian-friendly streets, many Miami Beach residents get around by bicycle. In March 2011 a public bicycle sharing system named Decobike was launched, one of only a handful of such programs in the United States. The program is operated by a private corporation, Decobike, LLC, but is partnered with the City of Miami Beach in a revenue sharing model. Once fully implemented, the program hopes to have around 1000 bikes accessible from 100 stations throughout Miami Beach, from around 85th Street on the north side of Miami Beach all the way south to South Pointe Park.

Neighborhoods are: Belle Isle, City Center, Di Lido Island, Flagler Monument Island, Flamingo/Lummus, Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Rivo Alto Island, San Marino Island, Star Island, South Pointe, South of Fifth, Oceanfront, Bayshore, Nautilus, Biscayne Point, Isle of Normandy, La Gorce and North Shore. Points of interest are: Fillmore Miami Beach, Eden Roc, Flagler Monument Island, Fontainebleau Hotel, Versace Mansion (Casa Casuarina), Holocaust Memorial, Lincoln Road, Miami Beach Architectural District, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Ocean Drive, South Beach and Wolfsonian-FIU Museum.

Read more on Miami Beach, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Miami Beach Marina, Miami Beach Culture, Miami Beach Golf Club, The New York Times, 28 February 2019: The Palmy Days of a South Beach Shtetl, Wikivoyage Miami Beach, miamism.com and Wikipedia Miami Beach. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.








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