Biscayne Boulevard, That Promise of Futurism
by Doris Bacon
Everybody knows that the promise of landing on the moon during the space race was a politic and heroic act, as well as fascinating. It began with the Russians and ended up when the Americans had a man walking for the first time on the universal TV surface.
That promise inspired the Biscayne Boulevard, fruit of the ‘50s and the American optimism of the time. This walkway came from that, designed in the best “The Jetsons” style. Nowadays, it is known as MIMO (Miami Modern) and as days went by it became a Historic District.
As you walk by, you can see an architectural aesthetics with identity. This is just unique in Miami City. We can say that its architectural treasures are currently being restored to its former glory. The array of hotels along the blocks, are a range of options for those tourists or sneaky lovers who want to learn about the delights of interstellar sex and love.
Bianco Motel, Saturno, Vagabond, Royal Budget Inn, King Motel, Biscayne Inn, Hotel New Yorker, Motel South Pacific, Shalimar, Sinbad, Carl’s El Padre and Motel 7 Seas, top the group, and offers travelers rooms from 189$ to 5$ per night…We did not dare to ask about the sheets in the 5$ room.
The Motel Vagabond is located at 7301 Biscayne Boulevard. It’s been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2015 and it was restored as a jewel in the crown. The building is an architectural explosion with lines from the post-war years, geometric shapes, eccentric overhanging roofs and the brilliant touch of the architect Robert B Swartburg, who also built the famous hotel Art Deco Delano in Miami Beach. Vagabond’s rooms have names like Galaxia King, Electra, Catalina and Skylark Double. The rooms border a swimming with original mosaics and a mermaid from the ‘50s on the bottom. These are small details that make a difference. Vagabond Motel’s restaurant serves as an entry point into the site. There, you can enjoy the exhibition of one of the most beautiful and fascinating paintings of Oswaldo Vigas in Miami .
The main task of a Historic District and developing city like this is to recover and reinvent abandoned spaces from other eras for all the community to enjoy. This is illustrated on the Coppertone poster, 1958, where a puppy is pulling down a girl’s bathing suit bottom. It was donated after being unassembled in a warehouse for years and now it is representative of the zone. At the moment, it’s displayed at one of the 7300 Biscayne Boulevard buildings. The poster with a 39″ x 55″ size large format delights the passers-by who visit the Boulevard.
The selection of restaurants offered by the District includes a great variety of flavors: Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd, Blue Collar 6730 Biscayne Blvd , Balans 6780 Biscayne Blvd , Via Verdi Cucina 6900 Biscayne Blvd , Dogma Grill 7030 Biscayne Blvd , La Sra Cheezious 7418 Biscayne Blvd, Loba 7420 Biscayne Blvd, NiDo Caffe 11052 Biscayne Blvd, among others entrepreneurs.
Pioneers and investors are fundamental at the revival of a commercial District like this. The restaurateur Marcos Soyka, has been a visionary investor restoring places like The News café, beauty salons, stores, designing studios and transforming the former tire store Art Deco at 5600 Biscayne Boulevard into a pizza place with a wood-fired oven. Also, his homonymous restaurant is very promising. It serves American Bistro Food and presents live Jazz every weekend.
Gyms, restaurants, yoga studios, bars, cafes, psychic consulting rooms, design and antique shops come to life every day in this important cosmic walkway as if it were new planets to discover.
Allow yourself to be captivated by the US1, and make the most terrestrial day a wonderful stardust.