Rooms with a View: Miami Beach’s Roney Plaza Hotel

February 6th, 2014

If Jay Gatsby needed a retreat from the lavishly loud parties on Long Island, no other hotel could accommodate him better than the legendary Roney Plaza Hotel on Miami Beach. The Roney Plaza was located between 23rd and 24th Streets on Collins Avenue. Before the mega hotel industry explosion on Miami Beach, the Roney Plaza was place to be during the winter season each year Read More...

Hot Couture: Downtown Miami’s Burdines Building

December 19th, 2013

Flagler Street at night. Postmarked July 20,1956. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Famous for being the source for year-round “Sunshine Fashions,” Burdines department store was founded in 1896 in Bartow, Florida by William Burdine and partner Henry Payne Read More...

Dadeland: Fifty-something…And Fabulous!

June 18th, 2013

OK, our headline is a tad overheated, but Curbed Miami's photo gallery of Dadeland's new wing looks plenty sleek and sexy (as shopping malls go). Michael Wayne Cole's photos include one with a glimpse of the mall's original identifying pylon, now painted a suitably tropical blue. http://youtu.be/MblMqMEXXsU If you're into "Then and Now" take a look at this clip of Dadeland's opening day in 1960 Read More...

Video: Opening Day at Dadeland

April 25th, 2013

We almost headlined this clip "Dadeland Mall as You've Never Seen It Before!" But we thought better of it, as some long-timers out there will definitely remember Dadeland as this clip records it on its opening day, October 1, 1960 -- an open-air shopping plaza, offering sixty-two shops and services, with odd-looking animal sculptures scattered here and there Read More...