By Sandra Schulman - WPB Magazine weekly columnist, arts writer, music and film producer.
The word on the street – and the beach and the city – is that Northwood is the “Historically Hip” place to live, shop, eat and hang out. With property values rising, and a herd of cutting edge shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants moving in, Northwood is the most buzzed-about neighborhood in the county. The Bohemian Vibe of Northwood Village has even been written up for good reasons in publications such as The New York Times, Architectural Digest and Southern Living.
Two more Brightline trains — named BrightGreen and BrightOrange because of the colors on their passenger cars — are expected arrive in South Florida in the coming weeks, the company announced on its website.
The first leg will carry passengers between West Palm Beach and Miami. Eventually, Brightline plans to expand service north to Orlando.
Brightline has said it will start “pre-season” service between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale in late July. Service between West Palm Beach and Miami is expected to begin in August.
A grand opening of the rail project is planned for mid-September, the company said.
Beyond those fierce stands of ficus stand the mansions of some of America’s wealthiest citizens.
The houses seem old and venerable today, but when their builders arrived in Palm Beach at the start of the Jazz Age, everything was brand new. That included social codes, dress codes — and much of the money. The stuffy resort life centered around the big hotels was over. New high society wanted to party at homes.
And these new mansion owners wanted those homes to be as jazzy as the age.
Architects Addison Mizner,Maurice Fatio and Marion Sims Wyeth responded, designing immense castles in the midst of the wild beach jungle, in a dizzying combination of Mediterranean styles. There, the owners of these party palaces lived in walled splendor for the three short months of the Palm Beach winter season.
Except for Mar-a-Lago, now the domain of President Donald Trump, the largest estates fell to bulldozers in the 1950s and ’60s. But many other mansions survived, even if their once-vast grounds became subdivisions.
Here’s a peek behind the hedges of nine of Palm Beach’s most spectacular remaining 1920s mansions.
New Date: Opening The BUTCHER SHOP Beer Garden & Grill is scheduled to open its doors to the public on Friday, April 7th.
The restaurant, located at 209 6th St., will have a unique triple-play concept, innovatively blending a retail butcher shop with a full-service dining area and a German style beer garden. What to expect? You must see for yourself! For more information, visit butchershopwpb.com.
ULI -Urban Land Institute
Attracting Millennial Workers to Florida: Transit Could Help
By Nicole Martinez
March 16, 2017
A rendering of the West Palm Beach station for the Brightline, a privately funded rail line, with service projected to begin between Miami and West Palm Beach in mid-2017.
The Brightline, set to begin service this July, has prompted a unique opportunity within southeast Florida for transit-oriented development projects, as the privately funded rail service will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. And with over $2.2 billion in development projects now underway in West Palm Beach—including residential development and two mixed-use cultural marketplaces—the city is poised for increased economic growth.
Public Input Sought for Bike Master Plan
The Mayor recently issued a proclamation declaring March 2017 as Florida Bike Month in West Palm Beach. The City will also host or partner with other agencies on a series of events in support of Bike-to-Work Week scheduled for March 27-31, 2017.
The City of West Palm Beach recently announced it is working with a consulting team to develop a Bike Master Plan that interconnects bike routes throughout the City. McMahon Associates is conducting the study and will make recommendations as to where the routes should be.
The City will host a series of meetings to inform the public of the Bike Master Plan study and to solicit public input. The meetings are scheduled for:
• March 15, 2017, 6-7:30pm; Manatee Lagoon on North Flagler Drive
• March 22, 2017, 6-7:30pm; Flagler Room at City Hall
• March 29, 2017, 6-7:30pm; Conniston Middle School
(Photo Courtesy: Max Zengage, Dreyfoos School of the Arts)
If you've driven through the intersection of Fern Street and Tamarind recently, you might have noticed the intersection has undergone a transformation into a vibrant public space. Dreyfoos School of the Arts students, volunteers and City staff spent last weekend turning the asphalt into an incredible work of art during an 'Intersection Repair' project! The project is designed to slow cars and improve street safety.
They painted a winning design titled "Walks of Life" that was initiailly created during a City-sponsored competition among students in the Visual Arts Department at Dreyfoos. The winning team includes Ania Johnson, Jessica Raise, Megan Tachev and Dani Walters.
We are celebrating all Month Long!
Palm Beach Post Today, my Florida friends and family and transplants, is the day. The day Florida attained statehood. That means this lovely, long-haul of a state celebrates its 172nd birthday today. And we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to count the things — all 172 of them in no particular order — we love about Florida.
1. When it’s winter there, it’s summer here.
2. Publix (Has there ever been a greater creation than the Publix sub?)
3. Beaches. Endless beaches.
4. East coast sunrises, west sunsets
5. Weird Florida news, aka Florida Man and his many misadventures.
6. No need to spend money to visit friends and family because eventually they all come here.
7. Florida Resident rates for….EVERYTHING
8. President Trump’s pad: Mar-A-Lago
9. Home to the Best Picture Oscar Winner: “Moonlight” (Suck it, “La La Land”!)
10. Three words: Walt Disney World. (Depending on who you ask, it's the happiest place on Earth or Hell on Earth.)
11. Miami’s neon skyline
12. Palm trees
14. Pink flamingos
15. We’re sponge-worthy! Tarpon Springs is a mini-Greece, complete with Sponge Docks.
16. The muck! The rich soil in Belle Glade, Pahokee and Clewiston produces more sugarcane than any other spot in the U.S.
17. Driving cars on Daytona Beach
18. Canoeing the Loxahatchee River, one of two of Florida’s nationally-designated Wild and Scenic Rivers
19. Orange blossoms
20. Orange groves
21. The majesty of the Everglades
22. Giant hedges in Palm Beach
23. Sugar cane fields
24. The colors of Biscayne Bay
25. Walking or biking on the Palm Beach Lake Trail
26. Hanging chads and the butterfly ballot
27. Ultra, Okeechobee Music Fest, Sunfest (take your pick)
28. Snowbirds (We don’t always love them, but we need them.)
29. Wilton Manors in Fort Lauderdale, the gay mecca of Florida
30. Strolling on Hollywood Beach or shopping in downtown Hollywood
31. Plant City Strawberry Festival
32. Crowning the Cabbage Queen in LaBelle
33. Cruising out of Port Everglades
34. Half-girls, hammerheads and Lobster Boy. Gibsonton (near Tampa) is home to retired circus folks.
35. The psychic capital of the world: Cassadaga, Florida
36. Miami Vice
37. The Golden Girls (Thank you for being a friend.)
38. The best gangster movies: “Goodfellas,” “Scarface,” “Godfather II”
39. It’s almost always convertible weather.
40. The Big Man and the little Monkee: The late Clarence Clemons and Davy Jones called South Florida home.
41. Hurricane anxiety (We may not love it, but we have to live with it.)
42. It’s a circus. The Big Top may be down, but John Ringling’s mansion and wire-walker Nik Wallenda still thrill in Sarasota.
43. Spring Break
44. Interstate 95 (and all the random things you see there: Christmas trees, mattresses)
45. Briny Breezes, and all the other oceanfront trailer parks
46. Fishing off the bridges
47. Que Pasa USA (The TV series that taught us to speak Bilinguish.)
48. John D. MacArthur State Park
49. Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring
50. Everglades National Park (The river of grass was established as a national park in 1947 and we're all thankful for it.)
51. Big Cypress National Preserve
52. Seminole and Miccosukee Indian reservations
53. Biscayne National Park
54. Dry Tortugas National Park
55. Ringling Museum, Sarasota
56. The Gardens at The Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach
57. Canaveral National Seashore
58. Britton Hill, Florida’s highest point, stands at a whopping 345-feet above sea level in Lakewood Park in DeFuniak Springs, FL.
59. Universal, but to be specific, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal
61. Butterfly World (There are 20,000 butterflies at Butterfly World. If that doesn't do it for you, nothing will.)
62. Lion Country Safari (Founded in 1967, this park has been roaring ever since.)
63. Andy Garcia
64. Burt Reynolds
65. The Williams sisters
66. Zora Neale Hurston — Shame on you if you haven’t read her classic 1093 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” yet.
67. Tim Tebow
68. Tiger Woods — His restaurant, The Woods in Jupiter, received double A’s for food and service by Post Food Critic Liz Balmaseda.
69. DJ EFN, the Miami DJ who put our hip-hop on the map and is half of one of the best podcasts online right now, Drink Champs with N.O.R.E. (if ya don’t know, ya better ask iTunes.)
70. We’ve always smelled what The Rock is cookin’.
71. Ace Ventura Pet Detective
72. Lily Pulitzer
73. Faye Dunaway, who read the wrong Oscar winner, is from Florida.
74. John Lennon and Yoko Ono used to live in Palm Beach.
75. St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest permanently occupied city. It was founded in 1565.
77. Key West’s Southernmost point buoy
78. Henry Flagler’s home turned museum – Whitehall.
79. Worth Avenue (See how the other side lives, yacht shops and all.)
80. Don Garlits Museum of Drag racing in Ocala
81. Cape Canaveral’s NASA launch pads
82. Jupiter Light House
83. Six-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West
84. Sunsets on Mallory Square, Key West
85. Grand Hotel: The Breakers in Palm Beach
86. The pool at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables
87. South Beach’s Art Deco district
88. Lincoln Road Mall , the funky Miami shopping district
89. Ybor City (If you can’t afford a flight to Cuba, take a road trip to Ybor City.)
90. Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers
92. Key lime pie (Is there ever such thing as too much Key lime pie? The obvious answer is no.)
93. Chocolate-covered Key lime pie on a stick
94. Oranges and grapefruit picked from your backyard trees
95. Fresh seafood
96. Stone crabs season (especially at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach)
97. Key limes
98. Cuban sandwiches (Forget the Tampa vs. Miami battle, they’re good with or without Genoa salami.)
99. Conch fritters
100. Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City (1905)
101. Florida orange juice: Sunshine in a bottle.
102. Cafe con leche
103. Maple Bacon Ale because what could be more heavenly than beer and bacon TOGETHER?
104. Winter White Houses. Palm Beach County has had two – JFK’s and Trump’s.
105. LAX? Miami? Newark? JFK? The ease of PBIA
106. New rest stops on Florida’s Turnpike
107. Diving at John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo
108. Air boat rides
109. Swimming with dolphins
110. Inner tubing on the Itchnatuckee River
111. White sand beaches on the panhandle
112. Seashell hunting on Sanibel Island
113. “Live Mermaids!” Weeki Wachee Springs show turns 70 this year.
114. What makes a mojito taste even better? A salty, ocean breeze. And that’s why our waterfront dining is everything.
115. Little Havana in Miami
116. You haven’t enjoyed a bar until it’s been a dive bar in Florida.
117. Shopping in Winter Park
118. 50 years of Lion Country Safari (Try camping there and let the roar of the lions wake you up.)
119. Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth
120. Miami’s Vizcaya and Coral Castle
121. Drinking at the Elbo Room in Fort Lauderdale
122. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has 20 oceanfront acres that are worth every penny.
123. A cold martini at the Tini Martina Bar at the Casablanca Inn in St. Augustine
124. Driving along the seven-mile bridge to the Keys (Don’t let this flat state fool you. We’ve got some scenic drives for the books.)
125. Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is the only swimming pool to have the National Register of Historic Places designation.
126. Grand hotel: The pink Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach
127. Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale
128. Juno Beach pier
129. Snorkeling and scuba diving and surfing (oh my!)
130. Artificial reefs
131. Haulover “Nude” Beach, between Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour
132. Gomek! No other state boasts a 17-feet-9-inch giant crocodile (now preserved forever at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm).
133. Riding horses on the beach on Amelia Island
134. Fire ants — ouch!
135. Great blue herons
137. Flying, feeding bats at the University of Florida Bat House at sunset
139. The alligator
140. The Florida panther
141. The Florida black bear
142. Manatees — Look but don’t touch!
143. Sea turtles (You’ll love watching those little babies return to the Atlantic by moonlight.)
145. Tailgating at Sun Life Stadium … in shorts, in December
146. Daytona Speedway
147. Polo in Wellington — If you’ve never been, trust us, you’re missing out on quite an experience, mimosas included.
148. Jai Alai — Don’t be basic. It’s pronounced “hi lie,” not “jai alay.”
149. The 1972 Dolphins – Tom Brady and the Patriots still haven’t topped that.
150. The Decision: When LeBron James joined the Heat. And the championship rings that eventually came with it.
151. Fishing on Lake Okeechobee
152. Spring training
153. Air conditioned baseball stadiums
154. Florida-Tennessee football game at the Swamp
155. Dog tracks and horse racing
156. Golf courses everywhere.
157. The 5th Street Gym on South Beach where Muhammad Ali trained — We’ll take any piece of this champion we can get.
158. Kimbo Slice, he was like a modern day John Henry but South Florida-style, ya know, replace the railroad tracks with empty swimming pools and the hammer with his fists.
159. Kelly Slater (A simple Google image search explains why.)
160. Criteria Studios, where all the great hit records were made
161. Miami’s Bee Gees
162. The Doors’ Jim Morrison was born here. In Melbourne
163. The Allman Brothers Band – formed in Jacksonville
164. Flo Rida
166. Jimmy Buffett
167. Lynyrd Skynyrd
168. Rod Stewart
169. Gloria Estefan
170. Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew
171. K.C. and the Sunshine Band
172. Will Smith’s “Miami”: Come on, you know you know this hook: Party in the city where the heat is on. / All night on the beach til the break of dawn / Welcome to Miami (bienvenido a Miami)
tart the engine. Pull back the sunroof. Throw on the shades. Because if you like Palm Beach County’s scenic drives, you will love Florida’s backroads. And you should experience at least one before the summer ends.
Remember: Road-tripping is less about the destination and more about the journey. This is why Visit Florida’s list of backroads is on point. No shortcuts, no highways.
Best scenic drives in Palm Beach County
Now you’re ready. Roll down the windows, feel the sun on your cheeks and place your bare feet on the dashboard. We’re going on for a ride.
Liz Balmaseda l Palm Beach Post
As the local harvest season nears its winter peak, a new organic crop has sprouted in Palm Beach County. It doesn’t grow from the soil, but from the collaborations between farmers, chefs and food enthusiasts.
There’s a bumper crop of farm-hosted and farm-inspired events this season. From multi-course, chef-created feasts to casual, catered brunches to farm tribute-like dinners to farm-hosted hipster music jams.
Prices range from free to splurge-worthy.
Photo: A farm toast among guests at a mid-January supper at Kai-Kai Farm in Indiantown. Picasa
Dec 2016 Liz Balmaseda Palm Beach Post Food Editor
Move over, Clematis Street. The hottest new thoroughfare near downtown West Palm Beach is South Dixie Highway, from Flamingo Park to just past Antique Row.
This is where a string of chef-driven, indie restaurants have opened in the past three years, adding eclectic notes to the street. They join a few of the city’s iconic restaurants in what is now dubbed the Dixie Dining Corridor.
Here’s a north-to-south guide of The Corridor:
Not so new, but noteworthy:
Not so new, but noteworthy:
Two headquartered in Flagler Financial District.
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Three banks with headquarters in the city of West Palm Beach have earned the highest ratings from Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading bank rating system. First Bank of the Palm Beaches, Flagler Bank, and The Palm Beach Bank of Commerce all received five-star ratings in the data just released by the rating company.
West Palm Beach News Releases
The Blue line trolley connecting downtown, Northwood, and the Palm Beach Outlet Mall is back on the road. Beginning this week, the blue line that began last season as a third free transit option in the city of West Palm Beach is once again up and running. The route connects downtown, Northwood Village and the Outlet Mall. Read More
Extra Credit: West Palm Beach earned 106 points on a scale of 100!
(West Palm Beach, FL) – On a scale of one to one hundred, earning a score of 106 is pretty
hard to beat. That’s the rating given to the City of West Palm Beach by the National Human
Rights Campaign Foundation and Equality Federation for the city’s role in supporting LGBTQ
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) equality. Read More
Launching on November 14, 2016, the Green Business Challenge is a year-long friendly competition open to all West Palm Beach businesses and organizations.
The program recognizes the greenest businesses in our City, and connects them with free resources to save energy, water, money, and reduce waste. Businesses are ranked based on the number/type of activities they complete as part of the Challenge. Read More
Chef Matthew Byrne and wife/partner Aliza Byrne will open Patina, a Greek and Israeli-inspired restaurant, on West Palm Beach’s happening Dixie Highway dining corridor. They expect to debut in the fall of 2017.
The prospect of a new up-market spot in the Flamingo Park area will likely intensify the Dixie dining corridor’s heat as a dining destination. Read More
WEST PALM BEACH — A ‘floating plaza’ stretching into the Lake Worth Lagoon serves as the focal point for Currie Park’s redevelopment, under a master plan linking the public waterfront with adjacent parcels assembled by developer Jeff Greene.
This one-of-a-kind floating island in Palm Beach, Florida, uses the same technology employed in the construction of submarines to create a beautiful civic space in the middle of the lagoon. Carlo Ratti Associati designed the Currie Park waterfront to sit partly below sea level and include a pool, an auditorium, a water plaza and a restaurant with its own hydroponic cultivations. Read More
La Nina is here, Florida’s winter forecast a big change from last year. Warmer Weather
October 20, 2016 |
A feeble La Niña is here, a signal that Florida will experience a drier and warmer winter as the atmosphere responds to a subtle chill in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Federal forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared this morning that a weak La Nina was in place and could last thruogh winter.
For Northerners, or our favorite snowbirds, a recent ranking agrees that Florida is the place to be once the weather gets cool.
WalletHub compiled a list of the best winter holiday destinations both cold and warm. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford was the highest-ranked Florida destination among warm-weather cities, ranking at #5 overall. Rounding out the top five warm-weather destinations were: Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise , Nev. (#1); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#2); San Diego-Carlsbad (#3) and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (#4).
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach made the list at #17.
Other Florida destinations that made the cut include: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (#8), Lakeland-Winter Haven (#13), Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent (#21), Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach (#29), North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton (#30), Jacksonville (#31), Cape Coral-Fort Myers (#32), and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville (#33).
What are the 20 Best Restaurants
in Palm Beach County?
October 28, 2016 dining, FeastPB, Food, lifestyles, newsfeed, pulsefeed, restaurants, Things to Do.
What are the 20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County right now?
That’s a tricky question. Every 20-best list not only is subjective and unique, but it’s also constantly in flux. New restaurants open and replace others. It’s the cycle that keeps our local culinary scene fresh and vibrant. This is why we issue a new list every few months.
20 delectable dining experiences Liz Balmaseda's list of best restaurants in Palm Beach County right now. YUM!
Text by Liz Balmaseda/Palm Beach Post Food Editor
Presentation by Laura Lordi. Cover photo contributed by South Moon Photography. Bon appetit!
September 25, 2016 Palm Beach Post
Foodie central: Village for indie vendors to rise in West Palm industrial zone.
Palm Beach County’s foodie city of the moment is about to get more tasty. West Palm Beach might soon be home to a new food and drink-centric district that’s in development along the city’s industrial zone.
The Warehouse District, a sprawling complex of vintage buildings, is shaping up to be an eclectic urban village of food and beverage creators and vendors, artists, fitness buffs and other indie entrepreneurs. Developers say they hope to open sometime in December or January.
The District’s 85,000-square-foot area includes about eight buildings that were constructed between the 1920s and the 1950s.
Beebe envisions a district akin to Miami’s hip, artistic Wynwood neighborhood, “with a heavy focus on local entrepreneurs, culture, art and food – but not food in the big business kind of way.” Opening Q1 2017. www.thedistrictwpb.com
Are you ready for a transformed travel experience? All Aboard Florida's Brightline is an under-construction passenger rail service that will connect Miami and Orlando. All Aboard Florida offers a fast, safe, relaxing transportation option for those weary of navigating interstate traffic or waiting hours at the airport.
WEST PALM BEACH’S NEW STATION
The West Palm Beach station gets travelers and commuters into the city and Palm Beach County faster and more comfortably than ever. Standing at the historic center of a project that is furthering Henry Flagler’s vision for Florida and taking another step toward bringing express passenger rail back to the state.
ADVANCED PASSENGER RAIL COMING SOON
West Palm Beach will be one of the first cities to enjoy service when trips to and from Miami begin in 2017. Full service between Miami and Orlando — with stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale — will start soon after.
By Barbara Marshall - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
June 1, 2016
Rolando Chang Barrero at The Box Art Gallery on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. Rolando is a former Miami artist who started the Arts District in Boynton and now hopes to do something similar on Belvedere. He came up with the “Cultural Corridor” brand. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Build it and they will come? Maybe.
Brand it and “it happens,” says activist artist and cultural warrior Rolando Chang Barrerro.
Earlier this month, Barrero opened his third Palm Beach County gallery and studio in the midst of five stagnant blocks east of I-95 on Belvedere Road and declared the mostly moribund retail strip “West Palm Beach’s Cultural Corridor.”
The christening party for what Barrerro and his partners hope will be Palm Beach County’s newest arts district starts Friday with three days of events behind the fresh white facade of Barrerro’s 4,000-square-foot Box Gallery.
Psst … Palm Beach County, Florida Is Actually Cool!
By Chris Bunting
January 26, 2016
Trendy cork-heads hit Wine Scene in West Palm Beach.
Isn’t Palm Beach County, Fla., overrun with long-in-the-tooth, snooty socialites draped in Lily Pulitzer, desperately trying to catch just one more polo match before settling in for that eternal dirt nap?
You better believe it!
But — and this might very much be the most important “but” you heed all year — geezers and geezettes aside, there is a fresher, hipper underbelly to the 5-6-1.
Some 250 miles south of where Ponce de Leon was sniffing around in the 16th century, they’ve managed to tap a true fountain of youth: craft beer, concerts, tatted-up victualers, celebuchefs, pop art, eco-minded lagoons and boutique hotels (oofa: the area generates $7.3 billion annually in tourism bucks alone).
With so much drama in the PBC, it’s not that it’s not your grandmother’s Florida anymore — because it still very much is.
It’s just that it’s not hers alone. Here’s a few places to prove it. Read More