3806 N.E. 1st Ave., Design District
This relatively new space was founded by yogi, certified Jivamukti teacher, and licensed movement therapist Dawn B. Feinberg. There's a class here for everyone. You can sign up for the signature flow (think creative sequencing, chanting, and meditating), the convenient forty-five-minute offering that still packs in a workout, or the all-levels Sweet & Sweaty, which is a slower-paced but aptly named class. There is a class for littles, plus a Mysore Ashtanga practice, which takes place in a quiet room with individual instruction.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
61 N.E. 41st St., Design District
This newish Design District institution was formed when the board of MoCA North Miami split off from the original institution (the politics and ethics of which have been thoroughly debated within the art world, to no firm resolution). The past firmly behind them, ICA is looking forward to a bright future, with a brand-new, 35,000-square-foot building that opened in late 2017 just around the corner from the de la Cruz Collection. Before the opening, they worked out of the historic Moore building on 2nd Avenue, where they hosted some of the most interesting exhibitions in the city, in no small part due to the influence of their young and (justifiably) hyped chief curator Alex Gartenfeld. Gartenfeld is known for bringing in some of the world's most forward-thinking contemporary artists, and he's also got an incredible collection at his disposal, with some of the city's most important collectors—Martin Margulies, the Braman family, and the de la Cruzes—among the donor pool. It's a critical stop on any walk through the Design District.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
130 N.E. 40th St., Design District
James Beard Award–winning chef Michael Schwartz opened his namesake restaurant in the Miami Design District in 2007, and it still draws a lively but laid-back crowd (the area is otherwise quiet at night when the shops and galleries close). The menu, which draws on local ingredients, is straightforward and good: crab, oysters, heirloom tomatoes with burrata, wood-oven roasted fish, chicken, and steak. Sit at one of the outdoor courtyard patio tables.
De La Cruz Collection
23 N.E. 41st St., Design District
Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, who made their fortune with Carlos's bottling and distribution company, CC1, made their art-filled home open to the public for more than twenty-five years before they finally built a dedicated, and privately funded, space for their collection. Since 2009, the public has been able to view the works in their collection free of charge in an Arts District building the couple operates as an extension of their home. The exhibitions here rotate on an annual basis to showcase a wide selection of works, while performances, films, workshops, and artist tours dot the calendar throughout the year. Like most private collections in town, entry is free.
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