#TBT: A Brief History of the Miami Open

March 19, 2015 | by Jordi Lippe

On this Throwback Thursday, get a quick lesson in the 30-year history of the Miami Open.

Arantxa Sánchez

Spanish tennis star Arantxa Sánchez Vicario posing outside in South Beach’s Art Deco District during what was then known as the Lipton Championships, March 1995.

Hitting the Deco district in a pink convertible while decked in big shoulder pads isn’t something you might think to do at Wimbledon, but it proved a perfect whimsical antidote to the pressures of the court for Spanish tennis star Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, who was here in Miami in 1995 to try to win back a championship title. Miami’s laid-back subtropical environment, quaint architecture, and beach culture have become part of what makes the Miami Open, presented by Itaú, one of the most unique sporting events of the year.

Miami and tennis go hand in hand, and it’s why everyone from Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova to Venus and Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova, and Sánchez Vicario, to name just a few, has taken up residence in South Florida. When acclaimed tennis pro Butch Buchholz established the event (then the Lipton International Players Championships) in 1985, little did anyone know how important and grand it would become. The prize money has since bloomed to over $10 million, making the Miami Open one of the most prestigious titles in professional tennis and unofficially the “Fifth Slam.” >>Read More

 

10 Hottest Tickets of Miami Music Week & Winter Music Conference

March 16, 2015 | by Carla Torres

It's March madness in Miami—and we're not talking about basketball. Miami Music Week and Winter Music Conference are upon us; watch as the city transforms into a non-stop party for lovers of electro, techno, trance, and all of the other genres that make up EDM. How do you even begin to navigate the 200-plus shows that week? Here, we recommend 10 top untz-untz events to get tickets to now. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 24

1. Jamie Jones & Lee Foss at Basement

Lee Foss

Lee Foss.

Since opening for Art Basel, The Miami Beach Edition has been the place to see and be seen, so it's no wonder that during MMW/WMC it'll be the place to dance—especially on March 24 when Jamie Jones and Lee Foss unite at Basement for a groovy evening of deep house. Presented by Vice's EDM platform Thump and Discobox Records, you're in for one helluva party. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-641-7119; Purchase tickets here >>Read More

 

#FBF: What Was Miami Beach's First Real Estate Group?

March 06, 2015 | by chelsea harrington

Before anyone else was selling a dream with an ocean view, there was Ocean Beach Realty Company; we remember Miami’s first full-service realtors on this Flashback Friday.

The Ocean Beach Realty CompanyThe Ocean Beach Realty Company opened in Miami Beach in 1912, paving the way for the development of what is now South Beach.

A snapshot of today’s booming Miami skyline—and the cranes building it—is indicative of the city’s layered history encompassing over a century of real estate development. More than 100 years ago, one real estate firm, the Ocean Beach Realty Company, started it all and helped create the city we know today as Miami Beach.

In 1911, a group of visionaries had converged around the idea that Miami Beach could be the country’s next greatest tourism destination. Land developer, businessman, and agriculturalist John S. Collins had begun developing various orchards along the Miami Beach peninsula; his son-in-law, T.J. Pancoast, relocated from New Jersey to support the developments. >>Read More


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