The first images are from two classic deco hotels that have recently been remodeled by Phillippe Starck, so they're full of surprises, like a huge silver duck, and a pink bull's head in the bar.
The two hotels, the Delano and the SLS, which just opened, are next to each other on Collins Ave by 17th Street. Good fun.
Riding north on Collins Ave, you soon come to the classic hotels of the 1960's, which became home to the Rat Pack, and later served as the backdrop for many hollywood movies. I was able to visit the recently renovated Fountainbleu and Eden Roc, both near 54th Street, and visualized Don Draper and his gang in the lobby while gangsters tossing innocent victims from the penthouse balconies.
It's great to visit a city where modern architecture from past generations has been so lovingly restored or rethought, and where exciting new buildings like the New World Center and parking structure featured in past blog posts, are still being built.