Downtown Renaissance

The historic area of downtown Miami wasn’t high on the list of places to go in previous decades unless you were looking for electronics, luggage or jewelry.

Brickell Avenue long ago eclipsed Flagler Street as a location to do business, but the fortunes are starting to tilt back to the north side of the river.

A couple of months ago, I was reading yet another story about New York developer Moishe Mana’s purchases in downtown – 39 buildings and $300 million. I read about Colliers International broker Mika Mattingly and called her up to see if she would do an interview. Mattingly was totally engaging. She not only gave me an interview, she also gave me a tour of some of the properties.

I appreciated Mattingly’s enthusiasm as she talked about the potential of downtown. You can’t really appreciate the architectural gems in downtown unless you get out of your car and walk around.

We had a glass of wine at PB Station at the Langford Hotel, which is the type of chic dining spot you would expect to see in an urban core. Upstairs, the Pawn Broker bar provides live music and packs crowds into its rooftop deck, which has sweeping views of the skyline.

Mana has the ability to curate what’s happening in the downtown area and is plugged in heavily to the arts scene. His Mana Contemporary in New Jersey has taken a former tobacco warehouse and turned it into a place where painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, sound, and performance art can all take place. He’s also active in the Wynwood arts scene and has made immense progress in planning a 9.72-million-square-foot mixed-use project on 23 acres.

SFBW consistently has covered the Brightline high-speed rail service, and our story on downtown also looks at how this will interact with, and help facilitate, the revival in the nearby historic area. My prediction is that Mana will be able to curate an interesting mix of the arts, retail, restaurants and residential space in downtown that will make it the region’s new hot attraction. It will get hot again just as Miami Beach did, and those of us in Broward and Palm Beach counties will find it pretty easy to hop aboard Brightline and have a night on the town.

Kevin Gale

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.