Friday, June 26, 2015

Design Miami Basel: Finishing Touches

In the entrance area of ​​the Unlimited, who curated the exhibition of the Art Basel art fair last turned the German physicist artist Julius von Bismarck zentrifugalstabilisiert on a furnished with wooden table and chair sparse disk in a circle. The belletristic droves stopped and settled by Bismarck dizzy provoking presentation at the edge of a sales event, were offered on the art with a total value of over three billion euros, entertain willingly. Doing business just fatigued.
A few meters away, in another hall of the exhibition center, you could not quite as much money as at Art Basel, it would of Bismarck there easily can muster a little less spartan furniture: Parallel to the art fair took namely, for now the tenth time , the Design Miami Basel held, so the Swiss branch of the Florida-based in design fair. And while it is at least of the purchased for investment purposes at Art Basel art works, they would just move into one of the major Swiss art storage, the design objects are probably actually find in their great majority in a housing inlet.
A house made ​​of paper. The audience, however, is challenging, and as well as the Design Miami Basel did not come from without like curated accompanying program. So was responsible for the American real estate and hotel tycoon Andre Balazs, origineller- in the booklet and not entirely incorrectly reported as "architecture collector", the exhibition "Design at Large": This gathered very large-sized objects at the interface between (precast) Architecture, Design and art, often with a gazebo character. Also present was about the "Original dwelling" of the studio van Lieshout, which is represented in the context of the Design in London and Paris-based Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Side note, the subject sometimes verschwimmender limits fit between art and design: On the Art Basel Atelier van Lieshout was also found, but since the state of the Viennese gallery Krinzinger.
Can also be seen in "Design at Large" were a papierenes teahouse by Pritzker Prize-winning Shigeru Ban and the "Total Filling Station" by Jean Prouvé, represented by the Parisian Galerie Patrick Seguin. One floor higher then the sale exhibition - if you want to use the vile word: In the state of Seguin a Prouvé pavilion with furniture by Charlotte Perriand was again seen; a reminder that the exhibition curated by Balazs pieces are also for sale (just like on the Unlimited at Art Basel by the way). A total of 45 design galleries exhibited at Design Miami Basel, in many places there were mainly classics of the 20th century to see. From time to time, as at Carpenters Workshop, also contemporary works, mostly editions or unique pieces - among other things by the Paris-based Austrian Robert Stadler.Next to it stood chairs by Franz West, while apropos Austria, the exhibition area of ​​the New Yorker Patrick Parrish Gallery was entirely dedicated to the Atelier Carl Auböck.
Who was interested in design impulses from the Far East, was about find the prior resident in Los Angeles and Beijing Gallery All: With Zhoujie Zhang, and Melissa Flores Alcantara Naihan Li and Chen Lu three young creatives are issued, all of whom have received their training in Europe or America and now have returned to their homeland, where at least Zhang also teaching at a university.
As nonkommerzielle loosening in between there were posts that were part of the design Curio program: Partners of the fair had invited creatives to exhibit in a booth. The Art-Online platform Artsy turned around to the Swiss product designer Sibylle Stöckli, who presented their results in Basel "Global Research Project" and, as the organizers, at the same time should ensure access to the Swiss creative scene.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Miami makes more of New York: comparing the choice to buy for rent in six major cities

Buy real estate for investment purposes and performance, as an alternative to financial assets: a widespread habit among Italians before the crisis and which has since waned, indeed, between taxes, constraints and difficulties in finding tenants solvents, who today different real estate in Italy would lighten. And it is perhaps for this reason that in many, in recent years, having the disposable income have opted for a cross-border real estate purchase. But where it makes the most of the brick? While driving the choice of location in which to buy is not the pure "money", not easy to find points of reference and international comparison, so that Il Sole 24 Ore asked elaboration exclusive portal , which is part of the large worldwide group Rea.
The development is detailed and takes account of the neighborhoods and the city, in every country, with the best returns, which are intended gross of fees and expenses and, therefore, as the ratio between the value of the property and any income from lease. In addition to Milan and Rome, we have chosen France (Paris), the UK (London), the US (New York and Miami). And to win the race of annual returns is precisely Miami, perhaps the most young in terms of discovery of purchase for investment and one that can combine the reliability of the use of capital in the United States and an attractive climate all year round .
Miami had stopped abruptly with the Great Depression-estate the years after 2007 and prices fell, especially in locations less valuable; However, at the same time, it was the first area to recover. Now, thanks to a major master plan of development of the area in front of a strong downtown and continuing influx of capital from Latin America, as well as from the Far East, the real estate business not only resumed in full swing, but We are starting once again to sell "on paper". The rents are high thanks to the continuous demand for houses leased restaurant where quality and sophistication, so that Miami sits on top of the charts of cities in which to invest for real estate returns: "Suffice to say that at the level of entire county average yields are around 10%, "says Daniele Mancini. In the district of Little Havana yield is 7.8% annual average, Downtown (where are focusing today purchases) are at 7.3 percent. In South Beach, the sophisticated resort par excellence, but it comes down to 5.8%, because the purchase prices are much higher. But what impact fees and expenses? "Both here, both in New York _ _ says Mancini must take into account a weight of about 50%, although it is difficult to generalize, and much depends on the owner and the types of services that has the property."
A New York In March of this year, rents in Manhattan increased by 1.7% from the previous month and the average rent for an apartment is today of $ 3,900 (approximately EUR 3,480) per month. The supply of housing for rent in Manhattan is developing especially in the areas of Soho, the Financial District, Tribeca and Harlem. "The annual change of the royalties highest was recorded today in Harlem (+ 18% on March 2014), while Greenwich Village is the neighborhood where rents in a year have lost 2.7%. Referring to an apartment with two bedrooms, now rents more expensive you pay in Soho and Tribeca, depending also on the presence or absence of the "doorman", ie the services officer courtesy and safety that is parked at the entrance of buildings in New York, "says Daniele Mancini, general manager of European operations Rea Group and of In a building with a doorman rents in SoHo for a three-room they are on average of $ 7,900 per month, without "doorman" you pay an average rent of $ 6,700 monthly. Even in Tribeca rents are included in a range between 5,000 and $ 7,000 per month. Investing in Manhattan does not give a lot of satisfaction in terms of returns: do not ever get the yields higher than the 3.5% annual gross. Higher yields obtainable in other urban centers around the island of Manhattan as the Bronx or Queens where annual returns are on average higher than 5.5%. A Brooklyn instead the investor market has already saturated the demand and the possibility of obtaining yields above 4% are very rare.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Monday, January 5, 2015

The real estate boom in Miami the French dream

Those who have invested in Miami real estate market are rubbing their hands. Prices jumped 12.5% ​​in one year. Yet Florida was one of the hardest hit by the housing crisis states. Today, the strength of the US economy (3.9% growth in the third quarter) boosts the market and construction. "We sold in three months the first round of our Paraiso Biscayne Bay program," said Carlos F. Rosso, president of the American developer Related."We have clients on the waiting list for investing in the second round, which will be placed on the market," adds Adam Redolfi, Barnes. In good neighborhoods of the town, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Miami Beach and the islands of the bay, the competition is tough to afford a house on the water.Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias (a star in Latin America) live there."A 2.8-hectare property with its mangrove is selling $ 65 million," says William Pierce, at Coldwell Banker. And new neighborhoods emerge. To each his budget with $ 250,000, one can find an art deco boutique studio. $ 500,000 with a 3-room. The prices have not recovered their highest, they are at the level of 2004. But investing overseas can not be improvised. This includes properly assess the costs and taxation (property tax weighs nearly 2% of the price). Many sites boast goods to attractive yields, sometimes too much."Be careful not to get trapped by buying goods for resale impossible," warns a professional.

Moving to the USA, a good deal

Sylvain Bignon is the proud owner of Green Street Cafe in Miami. "I arrived there twenty years. I failed, I started from scratch by working in a sandwich shop and I created this coffee, then a second.Today, this represents $ 15 million in revenue, "he says. While at home, 35 hours are subject to debate, says her fight for its employees do not work too much. Too good to be true? The American dream does not always end well, but it exists. London and Asia are not the only places in the world that attract French willing to undertake. "Here you have to work, but everything is possible. One third of our clientele is made up of French 40 to 50 years old who want to start their own business in Florida, "said Thibault de Saint Vincent, president of Barnes, who knows the area.
Immigration policy is pragmatic. "The best way to become a resident is to invest in the United States by buying a business or expanding one and creating jobs," said Nicolas Billaud, who has just left Neuilly to start a new life in Barnes. Today, it selects the companies in which could invest the French who want to start their lives in Florida.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

US builders move cautiously in real frontier Cuba

The decision of Barack Obama to end half a century of enmity with Cuba encourages the prospect that US hotel operators and developers to enter the tourist market of the island.

Shortly after the announcement of the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, the head of acquisitions of Fortune International Realty, headquartered in Miami , sent an email to the Chief Executive, Edgardo Defortuna, with plans to investigate any change of ownership of real estate on the island.

"Much remains to US companies can do real estate development," he said in an interview Defortuna, whose company builds condominiums and hotels in South Florida.

"However, the natural beauty of the area, the excellent climate, the Latin flavor and the fact that there has been no major real estate development for over 50 years justify analyzing the possibilities."

The decision by US President Barack Obama to end half a century of enmity with Cuba encourages the prospect that US hotel operators and developers, including Marriott International Inc. and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., can enter the tourism market which is just 145 kilometers (90 miles) off the coast of Florida.

To do so, they must address a long way for recognition of a zone of unclear property laws and government control, indicating that move with caution.

Transparent laws
greater transparency is needed in terms of real estate laws and banking infrastructure and a system of title insurance before US investors are attracted to Cuba, said Gregory Rumpel, a managing director in Miami group Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels Inc.

On the other hand, the fact that the island is so close to the United States, one of the largest consumer markets in the world, will be a magnet, said.

"When travel restrictions are lifted, the flow will be huge," Rumpel said. "It's a country that has a large colonial history, but also has mountains, rivers, infrastructure".

The influx of tourists to Cuba grew almost 12% in October to 187,311 visitors, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of Cuba. Around 2.9 million tourists visited the island in 2013, according to the office. Almost one-third came from Canada. Cuba, the second most visited Caribbean country after Dominican Republic, according to a mid-year analysis of the region, currently has 200 hotels with a total of between 35,000 and 38,000 rooms, Rumpel said.

Canadians and Europeans dominate foreign investment, he said, and among the major operators Spanish Meliá Hotels International SA, Barceló Hotels and Resorts Novotel Hotels are counted.

Hotel operators in the United States are in a better position to enter the market developers looking to build, said Eddy Arriola, president of Apollo Bank, a lender for real estate projects based in Miami.

"Companies that are already there are hotel operators," he said. "Americans developers will find it much harder because the principal owner of the land is the Cuban government."

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Miami developers fishes for Argentinian investors

With a new profile and a strong commitment to cultural projects, international developers looking to attract retail investors in Argentina willing to purchase property in Miami. With the local market paralyzed by the dollar and stocks fall in activity, investments in the main town of Florida add followers. So much so that between 2012 and 2013, Argentine t he spent more than U $ S2.000 million in property in the United States, according to President Cristina Kirchner last year.
In recent weeks, Buenos Aires hosted several conventions to which real estate developers showcased their different projects.
 "Miami is booming. It is the eighth most visited city worldwide. Development is gaining prominence in the infrastructure of the city and ventures related to culture," some  realtors says
"There is a cultural offering that is settling nicely. Has been formed arts district that summons European investors, Venezuelans, Brazilians, Mexicans, Argentines and Russians," says De la Vega. The four projects that came to Buenos Aires to present ranging from Brickell City Center, a joint venture in the financial and commercial district of the city to One Thousand Museum, condominium with luxury residences and a museum designed by the Iranian architect Zaha Hadid , to be built in the Downtown. "Despite the crisis, Argentina remains an important market for us," he says.
With the crisis of 2008-2009, the real estate bubble burst and property prices collapsed in Miami. According to the executive "whole precrisis inventory was absorbed 50% of its value. Since prices recovered, especially in the premium market."
According to Property Report, Argentines occupy seventh place in the ranking of investors in the United States, with the cities of Miami and Orlando at the head of preferences. Market data indicates that the performance that can be obtained by putting a property for rent in Miami Rocks 7% annually, a rate that doubles the yields seen in the city of Buenos Aires.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

NBA free agent market is on Fire

The list is on fire since the Big Three of Miami Heat is declared eligible. These leave a list of very greedy for GM free agents.
This year more than ever franchises have one eye open and one closed for 24 hours a day not to stop at any time to meet market so attractive free agents this summer dance.

The plus danger of having names that are not only All Sta r, but in the distant future will be Hall of Famers multiplies the stress and nerves by summer 1000.

Once Lebron Jame s, came to the fore for free agents would say that the thing became more interesting. A megastar of Akron and showered him with bids rumors about a possible destination. Perhaps a return to Ohio, where he went from being loved, having the keys to the city in property, to be the greatest tyrant and a character that hated by his former followers. Despite their comings and goings, the future of King joined Kyrie Irving and promises of Cleveland would be the best news in the Quickens Loans Arena .

But the list does not end in Heat 6. His colleagues in the Big Three of Miami will also be an important quebradero to Riley, Spoelstra and the people of South Beach . Both Bosh and Wade are on the list of Free Agents . Sun, however, its high near 20 million salaries make a complicated and expensive gamble.

Phil Jackson and the executives of the Big Apple will also be working hard to protect its flagship. Melo Anthony has many doubts about his future. Rockets , Lakers and Heat even have sounded to the eaves of Syracuse . However, landing the Guru in Madison can spur on 7 orange desperately looking for a ring. You need a computer with options and you just need to think about whether Phil will be able to give you possibilities ... and his 11 rings will amply attest.

Furthermore, Pau Gasol, Zach Randolph and innumerable cracks make this list very attractive.

With all this, although draft night has not given us a lot of moves, we must pay close attention ...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Peruvian departments buy more than $ 3 million in Miami

The buyer went from Peruvian departments purchase of $ 300 thousand to U.S. $ 400 thousand to give commercial purposes, ie resell or rent them.
The Peruvian buyer who wants to 
purchase land in foreign cities property search is over $ 400 thousand properties with investments of over U.S. $ 1 million, said Andres Valdivieso, director of sales Muse luxury real estate project in Miami, United USA.
In the real estate business is luxury all the contacts, and Valdivieso, who works for the developer PMG , you know.So, when the runners began the Miami area to talk Peruvian buyer paid attention.
"What we started to find out when we talk to real estate agents was that Peru was going to buy apartments from $ 300 thousand to $ 400 thousand for commercial purposes, ie, for resale or to rent, to focus on land by over a million dollars, "says the executive.
So I decided to check the data and the smell did not fail him.Valdivieso offers the Muse project, a luxury building with 50 floors and 68 apartments in the Sunny South in Miami, where the humblest space costs $ 3.8 million and the most expensive U.S. $ 8 million in Lima is grounds between 230 to 320 square meters overlooking the ocean or bay. And this landscape has six Peruvian owners who have booked apartment in the complex.
"I can not detail the prices of each sale, but I can say that they have purchased from the properties of U.S. $ 3.8 billion to the more expensive," he said.
He added that, at this time, 20% of the clientele of these projects will come from Peru, while 60% of their clientele comes from the region.

This budget increase of Peruvians to buy in Miami has been in the past five years, he said.

Real estate boom in north and central areas

Cancun Qroo. According to MiamiRealEstateInc The real estate market in Mexico will grow 6.5% this year;however, in the cities of the north and center of the country will be greater the expansion, according to estimates by the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI)
States such as Queretaro, Veracruz and Puebla and cities like Tijuana, Los Cabos, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are the points at which further growth, because they have shown recovery is expected, said executive vice president and national coordinator of regions AMPI, Antonio Hanna Grayeb.
Only Cancun and the Riviera Maya hotel occupancy report sustained above 80% since 2013 and, precisely, the rebound in economic activity leading every city has a direct impact on real estate.
"In the case of the Bajio, there is a boom in industrial areas, growth in the automotive and manufacturing, and it also affects growth will have the sale of residential property this year," he said.
With respect to Tijuana, he said, is a very special case, because it is a city that was marked by the issue of insecurity and violence; however, today there are also an interesting economic activity in the manufacturing sector, which is moving other sectors of the economy as it is real.
"In these cities the markets are already well defined; most Americans and Canadians is concentrated in Cancun and Los Cabos, while the European market and more recently a percentage of South Americans prefer options like Riviera Maya and Tulum, for his concepts of harmony with the environment ", he said.
Considered the possible adoption of the 27 constitutional reform that would allow foreigners to acquire property in the coastal areas of the country, would give a boost to the sector to 15% immediately to the approval of the reform; however, Linda Neil Jones, representative in Mexico of the National Association of Realtors, said that although at the time looked favorably upon the reform of Article 27 of the Constitution, today considered very remote possibility that, by the time that has elapsed since approval in the House of Representatives and Senators brake later.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Porsche Design: When the luxury cars in the "Sky Garage" lives

In Miami, a skyscraper for billionaires and their luxury cars will be built. You can use the elevator to the 60th Stock drive and park in the "Sky Garage".A Car Concierge of course there are The Porsche Design Tower in Miami Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, SL, BMW, Rolls Royce or Bentley is not weggeparkt in a loose style garage. In the 60-story luxury building the luxury cars get their own "Sky Garage"
The progress and the luxury are brothers, you see it in a car. A few years ago was still laughing at the following sports car joke. It's Sunday, the sun is shining, and the Schmidts start spontaneously for a spin.
"Do you have your glasses here, honey?" She asks.
Then he: ". Do not worry, the windshield is sanded on the recipe"
No man would still smile about that reality has overtaken the joke.Almost nothing is more inconceivable, almost anything is possible, almost anything is possible, and a car is much more than just a car.

"Cars are art," says Gil Dezer. Gil is 39 and at home not a painting by Andy Warhol or van Gogh hung on the wall, but an old Porsche 550, namely diagonal, right above the door to the bedroom. Normal wears Gil's hair as ponytail, but today exceptionally generous open weightless they flutter in the balmy breeze at the beach.
He also wears chunky basketball boots, casual and loose it is putting the shirt on the comfy jeans. Gil looks like the Jim next door or the opposite of John, but in any case not as the CEO of "Dezer Development", which is building the largest skyscrapers in South Florida and out of its 2.5-million-dollar Bugatti still 28 more cars in the garage has. "I am car crazy," says Gil - so highly car-crazy.

Dream vehicle belongs in the sky

That explains much, and they give him on the spot mitigating circumstances for what will shake the world in the near future - at least that world that has no idea how such a car maniac is ticking, and that he does not understand first of all that a Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, SL, BMW, Rolls Royce or Bentley is weggeparkt simply rude in a stylish loose basement garage, so in a cellar hole, as in a prison, as it were condemned to a dark cell. For Gil Dezer this is hell. A dream vehicle belongs to heaven, he says - "in a Sky Garage."
Sunny Isles in North Miami Beach. Here Dezer is the king, to put it bluntly heard of Collins Avenue, the beach road, about half him and half his friend Eric Trump, the son of a major investor Donald Trump. 1995 Dezer started here, buying up old hotels. "Drug addicts and prostitutes" were finishing up there, he recalls, and he has six luxury towers built over it.Now he pulls the seventh high - and what it tells us about the sounds dizzying. "We set the bar high," says Dezer, "into a new dimension of luxury."
The Porsche Design Tower, like the marvel is, is two hundred feet high and gives radically with all the architectural conventionality on. The amazing thing is not the 60 floors, which can be necessary even have elsewhere. What is new: Dezer offers parking in heaven - with a sea view. If your Ferrai (but it may also be a Fiat 500 may be) want to treat this breathtaking view: Buy one of 132 luxury apartments (on the price we come later) and put your body in front of one of the three lifts - a robot lifts the Auto automatically into it, and with high speed, it goes straight to the top.
Why a robot, why the driver must not remain seated in it? "Because we do not want to go suddenly from a mistake on the gas occurs on the 50th floor - and pfffff" laughs Gil. An empty car solo in the lift is safer.
So a trip to the top takes between 45 and 90 seconds and I can already picture beautiful, four-wheeled darling parked next to the bedroom of his master, separated only by a glass wall. "Men want to see their car," says Dezer. Men like him.

Car lifts, sky garages, wash columns, tire services and car Concierge

When he's not moving his 25-meter yacht in the near Bal Harbour, located Dezer enjoys his 29 Coolers wide fleet. "All works of art," he says, and because there are many men among the rich and famous who feel like Gil, he offers them in his tower all: Car lifts, sky garages, wash columns, tire services and a car concierge for the full care - while the ladies the house pamper yourself in the hair salon, indulge in yoga or sunbathing on the terrace pools at a dizzy height above the sea, go to the macho men of their automotive passion, like also the racing simulator with built-in Formula 1 feeling. Dezer: "My idea was to do something that has never existed."
Two to four parking spaces belong to all apartments, which he so as not to make the understatement guilty calls "residences". The architecture is exclusive to unique: Huge balconies facing the sea, huge glass fronts, unlimited view - and all so decided to use that you can light his Havana up there without the wind from the ocean blows out the match.
For whom is that all?
"For people to understand the difference," says Dezer. So for people who have a certain something, but most of all that extra money. From $ five million one is there, but the penthouse, says Gil, there is only "north of 33 million." His customers nod as only. Billionaires. Jet set.Sometimes he sees her for the Bugatti-annual meetings, most recently in Dubai. But he does not pant after them. "You will find us," says Gil.
After the Lehman bankruptcy and the collapse of the real estate market it has come to him, the great idea that sounds like this: "We are now making something that is so unique, so crazy, so powerful, so incredible that we no longer for buyers need to look at the need to finance We are looking for people who have the money -., and have respect for something that is so 'wow' is that they want it. "

Nearly $ 600 million are already sure

109 kingdoms have spontaneously "wow!" said. Almost $ 600 million has already Dezer so sure. "Three to four super-VIPs" were among them, he says discreetly. Above all, Brazilians and Argentines buy. And New Yorkers. And Russians. German? "Nobody," says Gil, "but made in Germany is for the quality of the facility. Cuisine. Bathrooms. Only the toilet is Japanese, even the water temperature is automatically controlled." But you have to pee yet yourself? "Still," laughs Gil.
The only German in the sales office is on the day the broker Wolfgang Schwarz, who for 30 years with his company makes "U.S. black" in Miami Beach real estate and solicits the Tower of Dezer. "I thought so far, I know about skyscrapers luxury all," marvels black.
Visions are indeed sometimes controversial. "Those who have visions must to the doctor" to former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said - but Dezer, with its walks prefer to Germany for company Porsche Design.He has eingerannt Open Doors. "This tower is converted into reality dream," has him Roland Heiler certify the local master of design, "and Miami is the place for it But above all is clear. A Porsche Design Tower, it must be feasible, be to take car into the apartment, no matter in which floor. "

Sea view towards Bahamas

"Hey Dad," shouts Gil Dezer. Father Michael, 73, founder of the real estate empire, looks in short. In 1941, he was born in Tel Aviv, "at war".He does not talk much about the dark past, only that he has at home mitgekriegt as a child nor a smattering of German ("Mirror, mirror on the wall ..."). Rather, he tells of his later success as emigrants in New York, and as Trump partner in Miami.
A big car museum passes of pensioners now, a few streets away.1200 Classic cars are there, and each has its history, the 1948 Ford from "Grease", the '81 DeLorean from "Back to the Future", the Land Rover from "Skyfall," the Soviet tank T-55 of "Golden Eye", or '59 Cadillac from "Ghostbusters" - in fact it is the desk of the old Dezer, over modeled in the office in the Trump Palace, a Cadillac.
"But in two years, we are moving," says Gil son.
Until then, his dream tower is finished. Then he can finally take his Porsche 550 from the living room wall at the Trump Palace and stand in a new penthouse, where the old speedster has stunning sea views towards the Bahamas. As above, in the 60th Stock would then be like any car.

Monday, September 30, 2013

International Film Festival of Miami turns 30

Since that March afternoon when Nat Chediak and a handful of dreamers bet to create the International Film Festival of Miami's 's been 30 years.
However this film festival, now under the baton of Miami Dade College, has achieved international recognition achieved by Art Basel, The Book Fair, The Winter Music Conference and other events organized annually in the city of the sun.
When Chediak founded the festival in 1983, Miami was a paradise of sun, sea and palms showcases coveted by birds of passage as drug dealers, tourists and traders.
Consequently, interest in the cinema was scarce among the local population dominated by immigrants in search of the American dream.
"Times have changed, the first festival exhibited only twenty films presented all in one movie theater," recalls Silvia Rios, Miami Film Society member, moviegoers organization supporting the event. "Now the festival presented 150 films in a dozen theaters."
Some pageant fans think that while it has grown in quantity has not been the same with their quality.They complain usual programming and miss the days when Chediak offered a careful selection of movies and talking to the public about them.
"Nat is a teacher who knows a lot of movies, so the list of films offered was excellent," said Rios, Coral Gables resident investor, linked to the festival since its inception. "The other reason is that not the same 20 films chosen to present 150".
One of the ghosts that have haunted the festival over the past decade has been in the direction of instability.
After holding the event through thick and thin for 18 years, Chediak left office in 2001 due to differences with the International University of Florida , an organization that had taken the sponsorship of the festival two years ago.
The journalist David Poland has replaced Chediak for a brief period that ended when FIU left the event citing lack of funds. Since 2003, when MDC took control of the festival directors have paraded as Nicole Guillemet, Tiziana Finzi and Jaie LaPlante.
According to some experts, the conflict between the artistic vision of the directors and the financial demands imposed by an event of this magnitude, explain their frights. Laplante Director reported that the budget for the festival this year is 1.4 million.
"The MDC is a public organization and the festival is one of many programs you run, so the budget, but millionaire, always limited," said Rivers. "However, MDC is doing a great job."
New this year
Amid criticism and applause, the festival kicks off its 30th release on Friday at 7 pm at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, with a screening of Twenty Feet from Stardom.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lamborghini Event in Miami by the arrival of the new Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

Only a brand like Lamborghini could get an entire city like Miami was overturned by the arrival of the new Aventador LP700-4 Roadster. Landmarks such as "Ocean Drive" or "Collins Avenue" waiting for the passage of the convoy escorted by police of "Miami Beach".
At this exclusive event president did not miss the mark, Stephan Winkelmann, who was willing to drive the Aventador on the streets of the city. The brand wanted to surround himself with all his followers forming clubs in the area and organized a route to one of the city's airports.
There all those who wished could squeeze the most of your Lamborghini, this time, with police radarcustomer service to check the speed reached.
With this event, the Italian brand continues its progression in the U.S. , a market where its presence is growing ever greater.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Miami recognizes the work of Gloria and Emilio Estefan

During the ceremony, the couple said he was honored to receive this recognition and serves as an incentive to continue working on the same line.

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Miami yesterday acknowledged the path of marriage Gloria and Emilio Estefan and his contribution to the city's Latino community with the award "The Sand in My Shoes" ("Sand in the shoes")." The award 'The Sand In My Shoes' is given to outstanding community leaders who have made ​​significant contributions to the South Florida area, demonstrating their involvement, love and dedication to this community as the best place in which to live and work, "said Chamber of Commerce of Greater Miami in a statement. During the ceremony, the couple said he was honored to receive this recognition and serves as an incentive to continue working on the same line. Before handing the awards, is showed a video in which entrepreneurs Estefan thanked the city for their contribution to the development of Miami, especially in difficult times. before nearly a thousand people, Emilio and Gloria Estefan received two urns with individual-size prints and metal of shoes, a woman for the singer and a moccasin to the producer, on a bed of sand. Mayor of Miami-Dade, Carlos Jimenez, used the event to announce that on February 20, 2013 will be considered as the day of Emilio and Gloria Estefan in this county and presented the proclamation recognizes this, highlighted Efe. The top prize awarded by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Miami rewards professional and humanitarian work of this popular couple, born in Cuba, but residents in the city for more than four decades. 's Estefan are a symbol of success of Latino culture in the United States after his successful musical, which began with the group The Miami Sound Machine, and his song "Conga" (1985) . 's work this marriage has gone beyond the list of sales, although Gloria has sold over one hundred million records and won three Grammys and four Latin Grammys, and have become a business with great influence in the business and leisure life in South Florida. Meanwhile, Emilio Estefan not only managed the career of his wife but also contributed to the success of other stars like Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada, among many others . Transcendence of his career has led to who is preparing a musical on Broadway that narrate the most important moments of your life.Currently the couple is working on the release of a new album by Gloria in which the singer revisits great classics American music. The couple owns, among others, the restaurant chain Bongos Cuban food, which has locations in Miami, Orlando and Hollywood (Florida), and the restaurant Larios on the Beach and the Cardozo Hotel, both located in the legendary Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.The annual "Sand in My Shoes", established in 1981, admitted in the past to Congressmen Dante Fascell and William Lehman, the director of Miami Dade College, Eduardo J. Padron Botifoll and bankers Luis Carlos Arboleya and businessman Armando Codina, among others.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Versace's mansion in Miami, one of the most expensive homes in the United States

One of the most expensive properties USA. Nothing more and nothing less than $ 100 million mansion costs Gianni Versace , who was murdered in July 1997. This week has been for salethe Italian designer house, known as the "Casa Casuarina" , a jewel of South Florida.
The Versace mansion rescued from ruin and restored in 1992, is the second most photographed house in the United States , after the White House.
Located on Ocean Drive , which concentrates the nightlifeMiami . With over 2,000 square meters, has 10 rooms , each decorated with different themes and frescoed ceilings, and 11 bathrooms , some with gold details.
One of its main attractions is the pool . The personal logo Versace Medusa head, is one of its ornaments. 16 meters long, is made ​​of gold mosaics and is in an impressive garden with statues and fountains, the preferred designer.There also remains a planetarium itself.
Versace devised the mansion as his retirement home occasionally, but gradually became hisfavorite residence was near the palace in Lake Como, Italy.
Italian designer bought the mansion, dating back to the 30s, in 1992 for $ 10 million.Subsequently, invested 33 million restoration and expansion. In the middle of last year was the sale of $ 125 million , but did not show any interest.