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David Beckham’s Miami Plan

One of the worlds most beloved and famed soccer players, David Beckham has big plans for Miami. Like many Englishmen, he wants more time in the sun and to plant some roots in this vibrant city. His plan is to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami and wants the city to help build a new arena in PortMiami. But there are few problems.

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First, the world’s busiest cruise port also houses the world’s 2nd biggest cruise company, Royal Carribean. They argue that added traffic would interfere with their cruise line operations and add to congestion in the Biscayne Bay area. Coincidentally, the world’s largest cruise line and Royal Carribean’s top competitors, Carnival Cruises is owned by Micky Arison, the owner of the Miami Heat.

The second problem is tax payer funding but if they built an arena for the Miami Marlins you’d have to think they’d grant David Beckham’s wishes. David Beckham isn’t taking any chances and has even hired a lobbyist to help convince the Florida legislature to help him fund the project.

Miami has no lack of celebrity athletes but Miami always has room for more. Just take a look down the road from where David Beckham wants to build a stadium – the two-time defending champions Miami Heat, which features a super-star trio of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Celebrity wise, David Beckham is on the same level as Lebron James, if you consider they both raked in $42 million in endorsement deals in 2013, according to Forbes magazine. There have already been rumors circulating on the internet that Lebron James could join the ownership group headed by David Beckham. Would Lebron James team up with another major athlete? He’s already done it before (Dwayne Wade) so who knows?

First off, Mr. Beckham has to convince Miami-Dade to lease them the ultra-valuable space. He envisions the new soccer stadium ushering in a new commercial district that could house new hotels, shops, and retail space. I say, give Mr. Beckham his stadium and let him bring another major league sports championship to Miami. After all, he’s shown that he is an astute business man; already having negotiated a Major League Soccer franchising fee of $25 million (other owners pay $70 million). Only time will tell it Miami can finally become the soccer town that everyone thinks it could be.

Watch The Miami International Film Festival 2014 at Regal South Beach

Miami International Film Festival 2014The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has been opening its doors to enlighten us with truly artistic expression on the silver screen since 1984.  The internationally renowned festival has introduced us to promising filmmakers, and is a nice change of pace to the hundreds of commercial movies advertised to us more often than we’d like.  Famed Hollywood actors come out in droves to experience this truly special event. Everybody from Viggo Mortensen to Kate Hudson has walked the MIFF’s red carpets.

This year’s MIFF kicked off on March 7th and will host daily viewings at multiple venues until March 16th. Luckily for us, many of the viewings are in walking distance from Chic Place at Lincoln! The Regal South Beach, located at 1100 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, is arguably the best place to be to experience the most of the this year’s Miami International Film Festival. MIFF films will be shown every day of the 10 day event at 4 of the cinema’s 18 theaters. To see the full schedule of all the viewings at the Regal South Beach visit the Miami International Film Festival’s official website.

For a truly special event, visit the Miami Beach Cinematheque on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Renovated by the Miami Beach Films Society, this cinema hall is South Beach’s premier viewing destination. Many of MIFF’s special events such as the master classes, panels, and industry programs will be hosted at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

If you find yourself outside of Miami Beach, there are a number of great venues to enjoy the Film Festival such as the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the Paragon Grove in Coconut Grove, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, and the O Cinema in Wynwood.

The Immigrant, MIFF Miami Beach

Marion Cotillard, actress in “The Immigrant”, A Must-See at this year’s Miami International Film Festival

With over 100 films being shown during the 10 days of the festival, it’s difficult to narrow it down but thankfully Miami NewTimes contributor Hans Morgenstern has provided us with some guidance. In his well-written blog “Five Must-See Films at the Miami International Film Festival This Weekend” he challenges his readers to catch all 5 of these films:

  1. The Congress
  2. The Immigrant
  3. The Sacrament
  4. Locations: Looking for Rusty James
  5. Young and Beautiful

If you can’t catch them all and want to narrow it down even further the Miami NewTimes article has trailers posted for each and a short description.

There are a variety of festival packages and tickets for everyone from die-hard movie buffs to first timers. To purchase tickets for the event visit the Miami International Film Festival’s website and if you would like to be in walking distance to the viewings, check room availability Chic Place at Lincoln.

Find the Best Place to Stay in Miami Beach

Chic Place at Lincoln Short Term Apartment in Miami Beach - Blue Living Room

South Beach is full of excitement, shopping, sexy beaches, crazy nightlife, interesting people watching, unique culinary creations, and just about the best vacation spot one could ask for.  Even those who are here on business find some time for fun while in this city.  So while you are here, you might as well find a place to stay that is cozy enough to call home and have all the amenities you need while being close enough to everywhere you want to visit.  What makes a hotel, vacation rental, or short term apartment the best place to stay?

We feel Chic Place at Lincoln is a perfect example of exactly what both vacationers and business travelers are looking for, and that’s why we think Chic Place at Lincoln is one of the best places to stay in South Beach.  Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

Location, Location, Location

Steps away from the famous Lincoln Road Mall, Chic Place at Lincoln is in a perfect location for its guests.  Lincoln Road has all the best shopping, restaurants, cafes, and of course people watching.  The Miami Beach Convention Center, which holds numerous events for both business and pleasure is just down the street less than a mile away.  Also within the same distance, are other places of interest for those appreciating the artistic and cultural side Miami has to offer: The Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, New World Symphony at the New World Center, and The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater.  Just as though you are in your own neighborhood, you will easily find your favorite places to grab a bite, book stores and coffee houses such as Books & Books, and even the nearby Movie Theater… all this within walking distance.

If you are wanting to explore other parts of Miami, the location of Chic Place at Lincoln is perfectly placed to get to the mainland of Miami.  It is half of a mile from the Venetian Causeway, or just under 2 miles to either i375 or i195, which will take you to some other great neighborhoods in Miami such as the up-and-coming Wynwood, Downtown, Coconut Grove, or Coral Gables.

If you want to stick to Miami Beach, there is plenty more to do in all directions, as Chic Place is centrally located.  Of course you will want to take a trip to the beach!  It’s just under a mile to reach that hot Miami sand.  Take a stroll over there in just 15-20 minutes.

Home Away From Home

It’s nice to feel like you are at home even when you are traveling in a different city.  One thing that can help you feel that way is having everything you are used to at your fingertips.  Chic Place at Lincoln has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and even a terrace to relax or entertain.  It isn’t just a hotel room… Chic Place is a full apartment so you feel like you are right at home.  Choose from studio apartments or for larger parties, you can stay in a two bedroom.

The private entrance with a secure gate is right next to the short term apartment building’s own parking lot so you can come and go at you please easily.  Chic Place also makes sure their guest have bottled water and snacks available to them, because you never know when you might have some late-night cravings.  And your place may even look a little better than home with the daily maid service.

Fun Extras

Hammocks at Chic Place Apartment Hotel at Lincoln on Miami Beach

Chic Place at Lincoln is all about being trendy, relaxing, and artsy.  Some of the cool extras each of the rooms has is a built-in television in the ceiling above the beds!  Where is the other TV?  You may have mistaken it for the mirror, which transforms to your entertainment screen with a click.  Each room also has an ipod dock to play music.  The walls are decorated with fantastic art that you can even purchase.  And if you want more space, you can fold your bed into the wall.  This is the perfect combination for South Beach living.

You can also rent bicycles during your stay to check out your surroundings.  Or if you’d prefer to stick around the apartments, there are hammocks and an area for lounging outside or even throwing your own little get together.  Host a perfect party in your own backyard when you Chic Place at Lincoln.

NYC Embraces 305 Fitness Club

What’s hot, sexy, and even NYC want’s to imitate?  Miami!

Miami is famous for its heart-pounding music blaring in neon-lit clubs open through the early morning hours.  Vacationers and locals line up to enter the hot-spots along South Beach to mingle, have fun, and DANCE.  If you have ever found yourself on the dance floor, I’m sure you have noticed that you can work up quite a sweat out there and have fun doing it too.

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305 Fitness is Born

It took one young Miami party girl who used her smarts from Brown University to turn fitness classes into a Miami-disguised dance fete.   Sadie Kurzban, the founder of 305 Fitness, started giving classes in New York City in October of 2012 after winning an Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition.   Being from Miami herself, she wanted to take some of the sexy vibe of Miami to NYC, hence using “305” to describe her unique fitness club’s name.  Now less than a year later, 305 Fitness is all the craze.  New York is loving the Miami beats and atmosphere that radiate throughout the teacher-led madness, and people want more.

And you will probably ask what are these classes like?  The response from the company itself, “Look, we can’t really explain it.”  It’s one of those, you have to be here to experience, kind of classes.  But to give you a better idea, it’s a bit like Zumba on energy drinks in the middle of a night club.  You get that excitement you feel jumping around to electric dance music in the wee hours of the morning except its daylight out and you are sober, but feeling the rush of endorphins.  The choreographed moves have a great balance of working legs, arms, core, and providing a sweaty dose of cardio.  Don’t worry though, they just feel like dancing around to your favorite beats.  The high-energy instructors, music, and dance moves leave everyone with a smile on their face, a lot of sweat on their clothes, and sore muscles the next day to leave you feeling awesome for a workout that just seemed like fun.

Now Miami is catching on to this new fitness style as well.  We cannot let NYC be the only place to take advantage of Miami style! Club-goers can now workout the way they like.  Vixen Workout is the brainchild of former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones. Her 60 minute workouts are based on the latest night club dance moves, and ladies… the class is done in heels. Why? According to Vixen Workout, it intensifies your workout by 40 percent!

LazerFitness, a very similar fitness program, is opening up in Miami with their launch party at Grand Central on September 17, 2013.  Regular classes will begin in October, 2013.  The bar will even be open, but don’t expect alcohol in your cups; instead cool down with smoothies and protein shakes and even munch on some healthy recovery food.

Move over Zumba and CrossFit; you need to make some room for your new fitness neighbor.  I’m sure we will be seeing more of this new craze, because who doesn’t like to have fun while burning calories!

Book Your Hotel for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 Now

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013

Waiting until the last second to book a hotel for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 will cost you…a lot! Last year weekend rates for some hotels in Miami Beach started at $1,209 and went all the way up to $9,500 a night. For those of us who attend Art Basel to immerse ourselves in art, take in the special exhibitions, and wonder from gallery to gallery paying $1,000s for a weekend stay is not ideal. Getting an early start on accommodations will save you a buck or two and will let you focus on this dynamic cultural event. Last year the event attracted over 50,000 international visitors so don’t wait too long. The dates for Art Basel in Miami Beach this year are December 5-8, 2013. For more information about attending Art Basel visit the Art Basel Miami Beach official website. It truly is a can’t miss event and among the best art exhibition in North America.

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013

Art Galleries on Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road is home to several acclaimed art galleries and the area is a perfect hub for enjoying Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013. Contact Chic Place at Lincoln at (786) 459-4571 for its availability during Art Basel. It’s a boutique style hotel; its art-inspired short term apartments in Miami Beach are just a couple of steps off Lincoln Road. You’ll be within walking distance to some of Miami Beach’s most famous art galleries such as the following:

ArtCenter South Florida

The ArtCenter first opened its doors on Lincoln Road in 1984 to support the needs of artists. In fact, ArtCenter is credited with being the catalyst for helping develop the Lincoln Road Mall into a thriving entertainment, dining, and shopping icon it is today. Its three properties on Lincoln Road currently house 42 artists’ studios and four exhibition spaces. Approximately 100,000 people visit the ArtCenter every year.

ArtCenter Lincoln Road Miami Beach

800 / 810 / 924 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-674-8278 // www.artcentersf.org

Britto Central

Britto Central is the showroom and gallery for Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto. Britto is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works have been featured in museums and galleries in over 100 countries. He’s created public art installations in Berlin, London, and New York.

Romero Britto Central Lincoln Road Miami Beach

818 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-531-8821 // www.britto.com

Peter Lik Miami Beach Gallery

Nobody stands taller than Peter Lik when it comes to landscape photography. Internationally acclaimed and highly awarded, this self-taught Australian born photographer has 13 galleries of his own. A walk around his Miami Beach gallery will leave a lasting impression on you and redefine what you thought you knew was possible with landscape photography.

Peter Lik Miami Beach Gallery on Lincoln Road

701 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 786-235-9470 // http://www.lik.com

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Miami Beach During the Summer

When is the best time of year to visit Miami Beach?  Well it could be debated because it truly is a great place to visit year-round.  Sure we can boast about the bustling streets and tropical temperatures even throughout winter months, but summer offers a great chance to enjoy Miami Beach with its set of added perks as well.

Top 5 Reasons Miami Beach Rocks During the Summer:

1.) Lower Rates: All types of accommodations including short term hotel rentals in Miami Beach offer reduced rates during the summer months.  Car rental companies usually provide better rates during the summer too. Beyond savings on hotels and transportation, this is a great to time to save on eating out and entertainment in general. After the snowbirds head back north, restaurants and bars gear their promotions to attract local Miami-Dade residents.

Chic Place at Lincoln in Miami Beach

Spoil yourself this summer with a discounted room at Chic Place at Lincoln.

2.) Beat the Crowds, Skip the Wait: While Miami Beach is bustling yearlong there is a noticeable difference in the summer months. There are a number of ways that you can use this to your advantage. Reduced traffic congestion immediately comes to mind. For locals it is a welcome relief from sharing its busy road with visitors from around the globe. Take advantage by renting a car and exploring some of South Florida’s other attractions such as Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura Mall, or Sawgrass Mills Mall.

3.) Miami Beach Relaxation: Less people + lower prices = Improved relaxation. Start you day early and watch the sunrise from the beach. Make a day of it at the beach, take plenty of sunscreen and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing in and the palm tree swaying in the wind. Next, go cool off and have some drinks at a pool party at the Clevelander. Not relaxed yet? There are dozens of spa options all over the city. We recommend you try Spa e located on famous Lincoln road.

Sunrise on Miami Beach South Beach

Start the day early by catching the sunrise in the morning.

4.) Experience the Miami Beach Culture: There is more to Miami Beach than amazing beaches, brilliant shopping, and a vibrant nightlife. If you get stuck with a rainy day or want to escape the heat for a few hours there are a number of unique museums to discover. Miamiandbeaches.com recommends you visit The World Erotic Art Museum, The Wolfsonian at Florida International University, and the Jewish Museum of Florida. Each three museums show unique pieces and collections from different eras.

5.) Discover the artsy side of Miami Beach: www.ArtCircuit.com is a great place to find upcoming gallery exhibits and art walks all over the city this summer. On July 26th make sure to the Little Havana Cultural Friday. Events in August start with the Coral Gables Gallery Night on the second of August, followed by the Coconut Grove Art Walk on the third. This is a great opportunity to appreciate art, history, and architecture while discovering new areas of Miami.

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