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Best Ways for Brickell Residents to Celebrate 4th of July

The 4th of July is just around the corner, and Brickell residents cannot wait to celebrate our nation’s birthday with parades, barbeques, fireworks, and other outdoor activities. July 4th celebrations in Miami tend to be pretty spectacular, thanks to the gorgeous firework displays sparkling high above Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. However, one must not forget that Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, and marks our nation’s freedom from the British Empire. The United States of America is a beautiful place to live and bestows us with freedom, liberty, and justice. Here at Brickell.com, along with Brickell residents, we know that first hand, and seek ways to celebrate 4th of July and our glorious nation. Take a look at ways for Brickell residents to celebrate 4th of July, and prepare to get giddy with child-like wonder, while experiencing some of the best fireworks and holiday entertainment in South Florida.


America’s Birthday Bash

Downtown Miami is home to “America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park,” one of South Florida’s largest fireworks display. This free event, sponsored by Budweiser, takes place from noon until midnight and is presented by Bayfront Park Management Trust with support from the City of Miami, the Mayor of Miami, and the Miami City Commission. Brickell residents can enjoy a Family Fun Zone, live music starting at 2 pm, great food, and a Budweiser Beer Garden. The day’s festivities culminate with a fantastic fireworks display over Biscayne Bay. Brickell resident’s can avoid holiday traffic by walking over the footbridge or taking the Metromover; talk about a Happy 4th of July!

Key Biscayne’s Annual 4th of July Parade

This year marks the 57th year of Key Biscayne’s Annual 4th of July Parade. The parade begins at 11 am sharp, and runs along Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid. This annual parade is great for families with kids of all ages. The parade showcases marching bands, mini floats, and community members. Throughout the day, July 4th festivities continue in the Village of Key Biscayne, and culminate with a fantastic fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean.

The Barnacle’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Picnic

Brickell residents seeking to celebrate 4th of July with a good old-fashioned picnic can head on over to The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove for The Barnacle’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Picnic & Celebration. This family-friendly event runs from 11 am until 4 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnics or can purchase burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and drinks on site. Families can enjoy crafts, a scavenger hunt, games, and more. The J Street Revival, comprised by J.D. Danner and Joni Bottari, will serenade the crowd with blues and country-rock music to get everyone in the mood to celebrate. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6.

Fireworks at Peacock Park

Brickell residents who enjoy the outdoors, and smaller crowds, can head on over to Peacock Park in Coconut Grove to enjoy an evening picnic and fireworks. The park welcomes guests from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, with fireworks beginning at 9:00 pm. Watching the fireworks over Biscayne Bay high above the swaying palms of Peacock Park is quite the site to see. Street parking is a bit limited, but there are a few city lots on Bayshore Drive and parking garages on Oak Avenue or at the Cocowalk. Better yet, Brickell residents can take the Metromover south, and walk on over to the park.

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Business Advice From Television Personality Jill Martin and OVC’s Jennifer Miller

As W Hotels’ What She Said series continues to gain momentum, its most recent edition crossed the bridge over to the W South Beach: There, sportscaster and television personality, Jill Martin, joined QVC Creative Director and jewelry purveyor, Jennifer Miller, for a chat on entrepreneurship. CBS4’s entertainment and lifestyle reporter, Lisa Petrillo moderated the business-centric chat.

After spoiling guests with nibbles and bubbles, the group moved to outdoor stage area, propped just steps away from the beach. Until now, all the panel events had been held inside, but this evening’s chat was surrounded by WET’s palm trees, flowers, and elegant awning stripe lounge seats.


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Lisa warms up the crowd at What She Said. Photo via W South Beach FB.

Petrillo eased the crowd into the conversation with lighthearted chatter before delving into the two women’s notable careers. The takeaway: Throw as many darts as you possible can.

Lisa Patrillo: What is the key to be a strong woman in today’s world?

Jill Martin: Don’t kill yourself in trying to have it all at once: It’s a numbers game with life.  Expect the “no’s” and eventually you’ll get a “yes.” Throw 100 darts, [and] the odds [are]10 will stick. And don’t be afraid to ask for help because that’s how you will grow in all aspects. Remove the pride; it will get you nowhere.

Jennifer Miller: Be goal-oriented, stay humble, and listen to your team as a leader.

LP: How do you feel about social media?

Jill: It’s definitely impacted my career, but I have to disconnect every now and then. Realize that some social posts are NOT real. We see the “best” version of people. There’re filters, there’s photoshop and tons of other apps that–let’s just say–exaggerate the truth. Then we’re all competing to keep up.

Jennifer: I hire people to manage my social media. I don’t even touch it!

LP: Who inspires you?

Jill: My aunt Harriet. Growing up, I remember she was a fashion designer and her clothing was sold at Saks and at Neiman Marcus. At a very young age, she exposed me to be different. When I was in my 20’s, she lent me $2,500 to start my own business. And she pushed me to follow my passion. She had a major influence on who I am today. I’m also very inspired by music. [Music] creates my mood everyday and affects my motivation and how I run my business.

Jennifer: My mom. She pushed me to be who I am today and instilled all the values that still are important to me.

LP: What are your closing remarks to our younger generation?

Jill: I have just as many failures as I have successes in my career. It’s a journey; enjoy the ups and downs. Don’t get stuck on only one dream! You need to find new dreams if one isn’t working out. Take a pause in life.  Sometimes life will force you to take one, and be ok with it.  We’re always on-the-go as women and we’re trying to have it all. It never happens exactly the way we want it to. If you don’t take a pause you will burn out; you will hit a wall and it will just set you back.

Jennifer: Take the pause and just come back when you’re ready and pick up where you left off and don’t feel guilty for taking that pause.

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What To Expect In Brickell In March

Business & Real Estate

The Apple Store Brickell City Centre opens March 25.

After a slew of setbacks and rumors, the publicity team behind CMX has informed us that the movie theater will finally open its doors at Brickell City Centre in March.

Wellness & Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s monthly Digital Wellness Retreat takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Toss the phone for a few hours and enjoy a seaside escape.


The Miami Film Festival is screening films across the city from March 3-12, 2017.

The UnderLounge returns on March 11, 2017 nodding all things biking, fitness, and community. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.

Prepare for neon and traffic: Ultra takes over Bayfront Park from March 24-26, 2017.

James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michelle Bernstein will host this year’s Taste of Tennis, taking place at W Miami on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Expect eats by the city’s best, including Aaron Brooks (EDGE Steak & Bar), Alex Diaz (Tamarina), and Clark Bowen (DB Bistro Moderne).

Over in Key Biscayne, the Miami Open rings in another year of athletic greatness beginning March 20, 2017.

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The Underline’s UnderLounge Returns March 11

The March return of The Underline ‘s UnderLounge will celebrate all things biking and community. Backed by Baptist Health South Florida, the free family festival will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, featuring food vendors, live music, interactive art classes, and fitness sessions like Zumba and yoga. UnderStyle, a pop-up “runway” will flaunt fashionable bikers riding through the area in fitness apparel provided by Brickell City Centre retailers like Lululemon and Harmont & Blaine.

Bike 305 will bike the The Underline to the UnderLounge from the Dadeland North to Brickell Metrorail Station at 11 AM. Uber is also offering $2 off an UberPOOL to new users who use the code UNDERBIKE.

To RSVP, please visit the UnderLounge on Eventbrite. Keep track with updates via the event’s Facebook.

Schedule of UnderLounge Events


12:15 PM – 12:45 PM: Yoga

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Kids Bike Rodeo

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM: Bootcamp

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Yoga

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Zumba

UnderStyle Fashion Show

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


12: 00 PM – 4:00 PM


12:00 PM – 4:00 PM


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Elastic Bond

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: DJ sets

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: PALO!

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: RioALuna

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February’s Top Brickell News

An ongoing roundup of the top stories surrounding Brickell and Downtown Miami’s real estate, business, and lifestyle news. 


Splacer, a Tel Aviv-based venue search platform, has launched in Miami. The website gives event seekers rates by the hour and allows browsers to filter options by location, facilities, and party size. Read more about it South Florida Business Journal.


Brickell.com has the scoop on where to find your favorite Brickell and Miami chefs during this week’s SOBEWFF.

The Miami International Boat Show has come and gone, but not without leaving behind some stellar seaside photos. Curbed Miami highlights the weekend’s best snaps.

Real Estate

Miami-Dade County has released new details surrounding overarching Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) plan, which would connect Miami’s inland with Miami Beach. Miami Today News has the details.

Food & Drink

YAKU by La Mar (main photo), a new waterfront bar and lounge at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, is now open on the property’s north terrace.

Per Eater Miami, Deme Lomas of Downtown Miami’s under-the-radar NIU Kitchen has earned a James Beard nomination for Best Chef South. Eater also got a look inside Brickell’s new French restaurant, La Petite Maison.


Mandarin Oriental, Miami has earned its fifth consecutive triple Five Star Forbes Travel Guide Rating. Included in the coveted ranking is the hotel, the Spa and veteran fine dining outpost, Azul.





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What She Said Panel Talks Fashion At W Miami

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, W Miami continued the What She Said panel series with Miami style blogging pioneer, The Fashion Poet/Annie Vazquez; Style Mafia founder, Simonett Pereira; and KRELWear founder, Karelle Levy. The chat was moderated by Style Out of the City founder, Elysze Held.

A big focal point on this evening was creative inspiration. Karelle looks to the woman on the street. “(I’m inspired by) the everyday person,” she explained. “I make all of my fabrics from garments collected over the years. I create according to what can be worn all the time”

Simonett expressed how experiencing New York Fashion Week nudged her into creating Style Mafia: “Being backstage opened my eyes how easy it was to start a fashion project,” she said. Since launching the ready-to-wear label she’s been featured in a slew of publications and outlets–from Refinery29 to Ocean Drive. Simonette has also embraced the growing trend of collection presentations over runway shows.

What She Said’s speakers also discussed about how to survive in such a competitive market. Simonett stated, “You have to be progressive to stay alive in the fashion market.” Karelle from added, “I take something that is old and make it new.”

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The What She Said fashion panel. (L to R): Karelle Levy, Simonett Pereira, Elysze Held, and Annie Vazquez.
Photo via W Miami.

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Brickell Chefs Are Invading The South Beach Wine & Food Festival

When Food Network’s & The Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) returns from February 22-27, 2017, it will put some of Brickell’s best chefs in the culinary spotlight. Avid local foodies will be able to sample and savor plated bites from some of their favorite Miami restaurants over the four-day fete, including Cantina La Veinte, 1111 Peruvian Bistro, Fi’lia, COYO Taco, River Seafood & Oyster Bar, and more. Those wanting to keep the festival celebrations in the neighborhood can head to EAST, Miami’s Quinto La Huella for a ticketed, sit-down Saturday dinner. Here’s when and where to find it all.

UPDATE:  The festival has confirmed that all SOBEWFF events slated to take place at the Brickell City Centre have been cancelled and are not included in the outline below.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tequila Cazadores presents Tacos After Dark sponsored by The National Pork Board hosted by Aarón Sánchez

Scott Linquist, COYO Taco/OLLA

Santiago Gomez, Cantina La Veinte

10 Years of Genuine: Dinner Hosted by Michael Schwartz, Marc Vetri, and Jonathan Waxman

Michael Schwartz, Fi’lia/Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Paella & Tapas by the Pool

José Andrés, Bazaar Mar

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best

Diego Muñoz, 1111 Peruvian Bistro

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Amigos de La Huella: A Dinner

Alejandro Morales and executive pastry chef, Florencia Courreges, Quinto La Huella

Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village

Jimmy Carey, Jimmy’z Kitchen

BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus

Scott Linquist, COYO Taco/OLLA

Samuel Gorenstein, My Ceviche

A.J. Billapando, SoCal Taco

Tribute Dinner honoring José Andrés and Louis Roederer owners Jean-Claude Rouzaud and Frédéric Rouzaud with Master of Ceremonies Anthony Bourdain

José Andrés, Bazaar Mar

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village

Santiago Gomez, Cantina La Veinte

José Andrés, Bazaar Mar

Lucky Chops

David Bracha, Local Boy Poke/River Seafood & Oyster Bar

Brunch hosted by José Andrés and Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz, Fi’lia/Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

José Andrés, Bazaar Mar

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W Miami Launches ‘What She Said’ Women’s Panel Series

Brickell’s W Miami is the latest property in the W Hotels & Resorts portfolio to activate What She Said, a new panel series connecting progressive and brand-minded women. The events kick-off on Tuesday, January, 24, 2017, at 6 PM inside the Whisper Cocktail Lounge: The Wordy Girl, Maria Tettamanti, will moderate the inaugural discussion, prodding the minds of beauty bosses Natalie Gee and Celene Gee of GEE Beauty (Sunset Harbour’s location is pictured above), and Lisa Goldfaden, Goldfaden MD’s Vice President of Marketing.

The conversations continue on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 7-9PM, this time talking all things fashion. Stylist and Style Out of the City founder, Elysze Held, will moderate a chat with local influencers. The New York Fashion Week-themed panel includes Style Mafia founder, Simonett Pereira, The Fashion Poet founder, Annie Vazquez, and KRELWear founder, Karelle Levy.

The What She Said series is free and open to the public via RSVP to RSVP@workshopcollective.com. Libations will be served as well.

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2016: Brickell’s Biggest Year Yet

Brickell’s transformational tide came in waves throughout 2016, drawing national attention to the neighborhood and even compelling a feature story by the ultimate style guide, Vogue. Brickell became the heart of Miami, pulsing as the city’s financial, residential, and commercial center. Brickell experienced a shift that now allows residents to stay within the area’s proximity while effortlessly having their leisure, business, and lifestyle needs met. Brickell’s blossoming also prompted Brickell.com’s relaunch, marked by 300+ person party featuring top local lifestyle liaisons.

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The SLS Brickell’s rooftop pool.

The real estate market saw the completion of five new condo buildings; an 80-unit Cassa Brickell, a 128-unit Le Parc At Brickell, a 352-unit lofts Centro, a 323-unit The Bond on Brickell, a 690-unit Brickell Heights East and West Towers, a 450-unit SLS Brickell, and a 780-unit Brickell City Centre‘s Reach and Rise towers.

See more: “Video: Inside The SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences Opening Party”

Fitness chains SoulCycle and Equinox announced forthcoming locations, and celebrity chefs like Michael Schwartz’s opened Fi’lia alongside a heralded Bazaar Mar by José Andrés at the SLS. The Viceroy hotel became the W Miami.

See more: “Brickell City Centre Is Officially Open”

Video: “Inside The Brickell City Centre Opening Party”

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Brooklyn’s MOTHXR performs at Brickell City Centre, commencing a new entertainment partnership with United Talent Agency.

Still, without question, the year’s biggest Brickell statement came from Brickell City Centre, sprawling at over a half million square feet and reminiscent of New York City’s Time Warner Center. In addition to prime residential and Class A offices, it heralded in premium retail and entertainment. A three-story Saks Fifth Avenue acts as an anchor retailer and  EAST Miami, featuring Quinto La Huella and Sugar, a rooftop bar, welcomed new nightlife alternatives. The Centre’s LEED-certified “climate ribbon” optimizes natural open air for circulation and ensures weather protection, replacing air conditioning and confined construction. With a massive 2016 coming to a close, Brickell.com will continue to grow in 2017, promising unrivaled local intelligence for the Brickell and Downtown Miami metro area.

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Brickell and Downtown Miami New Year’s Eve 2017 Guide

Bayfront Park

Pitbull will headline Miami’s New Year’s Eve Revolution in Bayfront Park. FOX will broadcast the performances and countdown live. Admission to the concert is free, and gates open at 8 PM. Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, and Austin Mahone will also take the stage. Guests can also partake in the VIP food and wine experience, anchored by eats by Michelle Berstein: Tickets begin at $225.


Nosh on Kaluga Caviar and Kusshi Oysters during a Saturday Night Fever-inspired bash, featuring live music by Grammy winner, Motiff & Friends.

The Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center 

Grammy-winning hip-hop group and Jimmy Fallon’s nightly house band, The Roots, take the stage at the Knight Concert Hall. Tickets begin at $50.

SLS Brickell

The SLS Brickell’s celebrity chef concepts Fi’lia and Bazaar Mar will both host two dinner seatings. At SAAM, the second-floor lounge, a jungle themed party takes over for $100 per person.

Mandarin Oriental 

The Mandarin Oriental’s fine-dining outpost, Azul, hosts two seatings for pre-fixe menus: The early seatings are three courses while the latter are seven courses. La Mar will host a Peruvian buffet with similarly scheduled seatings. MO Bar + Lounge welcomes a DJ, party favors, and handcrafted cocktails. For reservations, please contact 305-913-8358 or momia-restaurants@mohg.com.

El Churrasco

El Churrasco features a family-friendly, five-course $180 pre-fixe menu paired with signature wines and a bottle of champagne for tables of four. Guests can expect live entertainment before watching the fireworks over Biscayne Bay/

Cantina La Veinte

Cantina La Veinte is presenting a $250 pre-fixe menu that includes table and bottle service. Music and live entertainment are also scheduled.

EAST, Miami and Quinto La Huella

Quinto La Huella is serving a three-course, pre-fixe dinner with champagne for earlier seatings. The second seating features a four-course dinner priced at $200 and begins at 9:30 PM. Reservations required. Call +1 786 805 4646 or dine@quintolahuella.com for booking information.

Sugar, EAST, Miami’s 40th-floor rooftop welcomes Questlove at 10:30 PM. Priced at $500, tickets includes an open bar and light bites. Additional beats come via New York-based DJ, Elle Dee. Tables and bottle service are available upon request. Please contact NYE@Sugar-Miami.com for more information.

The Intercontinental

Toro Toro presents a pre-fixe menu inclusive of one bottle of champagne per couple. The early seating is at 6 PM, with the second seating from 9 PM-midnight. Table 40, Toro Toro’s Chef’s Table, is available for a party of 14 at 8:30 PM.

Olé – Seatings for a seafood buffet start at 8:30 PM, inclusive of one bottle of champagne per couple.

Bluewater – Executive Chef Klaus Happel plates a six-course meal while guests gaze over Biscayne Bay. When the clock strikes midnight, enjoy the fireworks show from the comfort of your seat. Seatings begin at 8:30 PM, inclusive of one bottle of Taittinger champagne and one bottle of red or white wine per couple.

Rooftop Fireworks Toast – Ring in the New Year with a bottle of Taittinger champagne and a raw seafood tower selection while enjoying the Miami fireworks from the hotel’s rooftop. Seatings are available from 11 PM-1 AM, inclusive of one bottle of Taittinger champagne per couple.

Rare Party at the Bayside Terrace – Choose between a table for four with a bottle of 2002 Piper Heidseick Rare or a table with a bottle of Macallan Rare Cask. Starts at 8:30 PM.

“The New Year’s Eve Speakeasy” – A Prohibition Party takes over the hotel’s Bayfront Ballroom. Dress in your best 1920’s ensemble to enjoy a buffet meal setting, live music, and a kid’s area. Inclusive of one bottle of champagne per couple. Seatings begin at 8:30 PM. Special pricing is available for children under 12 years old.


Zuma‘s New Year’s Eve tasting menu includes freshly shaved white truffle, o-toro tuna, and robata grilled wagyu. Guests will enjoy specially created dishes such as beef tartare with black truffle and caviar, squid ink seafood hotpot, and lobster tempura in addition to beautiful sushi and sashimi platters. Krug champagne and Nanbubijin Daiginjo sake are also being served. A live DJ accompanies the evening festivities, as well as a visual display of Japanese culture. As midnight approaches Zuma will break the sake barrel, encouraging harmony and good fortune for a new year. Four select packages will be offered and all packages include after-party admission. Pricing available upon request.


Fooq’s special menu items include a whole or half goose, priced at $300 or $175, served with goose fat potatoes, confit tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, leeks and Foie Gras Terrine. A whole leg of lamb is priced at $275, with half sizes available for $150. Champagne specials will also be offered. Call 786-536-2749 for more information.

Toscana Divino 

Toscana Divino will serve a four-course Italian menu with two seatings; $85 per person for the early 6 PM seating and $125 per person second seating at 7:30 PM. Expect plenty of monk fish, lamb chop, and lobster ravioli.


Baru welcomes guests free of charge while also welcoming all to dance inside TuCandela.  Baru will be offering discounted drink prices and will provide one complimentary glass of champagne to all guests at midnight. Table reservations are available for both spaces. Call (786)-502-3497 for more information.

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita

New Year’s Eve at Lolita’s flaunts an open bar, adult buffet for $90, DJs, and bottle specials. A kid-friendly buffet is available for $50 from 8 PM-11:30 PM. Ladies receive complimentary entry and all you can drink bubbles for $25. Call (305)-403-3103 for more information.