Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Franklin Avenue's First-Ever Trip to Miami: The Fountainbleu, South Beach and the Art Deco Hotels

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As you may have seen me mention, a few weeks ago I flew to Miami to attend the television business' annual NATPE convention, now held at the famed Fountainbleu hotel. (Above, that was the view from my room. I know.) I got a chance to moderate panels with legendary writer/producer/director James L. Brooks and Bravo's "Watch What Happens" host Andy Cohen (videos are still pending); I've already shared the pics from Endemol's event featuring the unusual mix of Pitbull, Ja Rule and Courtney Love. But I also had a chance to briefly explore Miami Beach -- here are some pics, including several of the famed South Beach art deco hotels.

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The Fountainbleu.

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Another view from my hotel balcony.

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Looking the other direction from my room.

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The view, looking west, from the Fountainbleu.

Miami Art deco Cadillac dealer.

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"World Erotic Art Museum." You lost me at "OWNER."

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"No Firearms... EXCEPT AS PERMITTED UNDER FLORIDA LAW." So... then everywhere?

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Economic recovery? There was quite a bit of building in South Beach -- tear downs, rehabs and completely new construction.

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A cool 70 degrees on Jan. 29 in Miami Beach.

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The famed art deco hotels of South Beach, starting with the Breakwater.

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The Congress Hotel.

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Hotel Victor.

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Leslie.

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The Carlyle.

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The Cavalier.

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The Penguin Hotel and the Crescent.

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