Downtown Miami is the New Manhattan, Queens is the New South Beach
Miami and New York City have a weird symbiotic relationship. New Yorkers, jealous of our warm winters, come down in droves during the chilly months and eventually retire in a nice high rise on South Beach. Meanwhile, a strong contingent of Miamians with an inferiority complex or a civic identity problem keep proclaiming Miami is the next NYC.
The Miami Herald reports that two new downtown hotels, Epic Miami and the Viceroy, are trying to turn Downtown into "Manhattan South"
''You could be looking down here at dusk and you'd think you were on Madison Avenue or Michigan Avenue,'' Epic marketing director Eric Jellson said to the Herald.
Then, up in Long Island City a new rooftop lounge called The Ravel is opening this month, which aims to bring SoBe chic to Queens, according to New York's Grub Street.
All these shenanigans began when New York and Miami accidentally met at summer camp, realized they were long lost twins, and decided to switch places in order to get their separated parents back together through a series of wacky hijinks.
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