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Frank Sinatra in Miami Beach

Frank Sinatra had a connection to Miami Beach that began in the early days of his career. Many people know of his appearances at the Fontainebleau Hotel beginning in the late 1950s, and especially his 1960 Timex TV special where he welcomed a young Elvis Presley back home from the Army.

But, Frank’s connection with the Miami Beach scene began just about the time he was finishing up his MGM days where he starred with (more…)

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The next time you have lunch at Cafe Nexxt on Lincoln Road Mall look to the east and you’ll see where the Lincoln Center Hotel was once located. It encompassed the main entrance on Euclid Avenue and the entire hidden courtyard area where many shops and beauty salons are located today.

This art deco brochure is from 1938…

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Brochure from Lincoln Center Hotel on Lincoln Road -1938

Here’s how the brochure describes the hotel…

THE LINCOLN CENTER HOTEL, one of the newest, is ideally located in a tropical setting of exotic beauty on fashionable Lincoln Road, the “Fifth Avenue of the South,” amidst smart shops and beautifully landscaped streets, truly in the `center’ of all worth while activities. THE LINCOLN CENTER HOTEL offers a really distinctive address for those who care. (more…)

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This photo was snapped by an amateur photographer on Miami Beach, and if you look close you’ll see that the two people are Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Unfortunately, the poor guy who took this photo didn’t quite get it in focus, which is a shame because (more…)

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Wolfie Cohen | A Legend in Miami Beach

In 1932 a borscht circuit busboy, Wolfie Cohen, came to Miami Beach and opened one successful Miami Beach restaurant after another, including his original “Wolfie’s” on the corner of Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road. He also came up with an innovative approach to local dining that revolutionized the restaurant industry and (more…)

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Carl Fisher is generally considered to be the father of Miami Beach, and one of the best biographies of him I’ve ever read appeared in Coronet in 1949. Here are a few excerpts from that biography:

THAT MAN FISHER must be crazy! The Hoosier fool is trying to make a tourist resort out of that crocodile hole.” (more…)

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This is former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey accompanying guests into his Miami Beach restaurant at the Vanderbilt Hotel on Collins Avenue.

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