The Northeast, The Boulevard
The Upper Eastside neighborhood within the City of Miami
|Annexed into the City of Miami||1924|
|Subdistricts of the Upper East Side|
|• City of Miami Commissioner||Marc Sarnoff|
|• Miami-Dade Commissioner||Audrey Edmonson|
|• House of Representatives||Cynthia Stafford (D)|
|• State Senate||Gwen Margolis (D)|
|• U.S. House||Bill Nelson (D)|
|• Density||6,509/sq mi (2,513/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-05 (EST)|
|Area code(s)||305, 786|
|Website||Upper East Side neighborhood|
The Upper Eastside (alternatively spelled East Side and commonly referred to as Northeast Miami) is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida, United States. It is north of Edgewater, east of Little Haiti, south of the village of Miami Shores, and sits on Biscayne Bay. In geographical order from south to north and east to west, it contains the subdivisions of Magnolia Park, Bay Point, Morningside, Bayside, Belle Meade, Shorecrest, and Palm Grove. The MiMo District along Biscayne Boulevard in the area is host to many art galleries, shops and restaurants.
The Upper East Side is primarily a residential neighborhood, composed largely of historic single-family homes from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, with Biscayne Boulevard running along the center of the neighborhood with mid-rise and high-rise office towers, hotels, and apartments. The MiMo Historic District runs along Biscayne Boulevard, and includes a large number of MiMo hotels from the 1950s and 1960s, that have been preserved, and have recently begun to be renovated, and turned into stores, restaurants and boutique hotels.
Magnolia Park lies east of Biscayne Boulevard between NE 37th Street (next to the Julia Tuttle Causeway) and NE 39th Street. Bay Point is east of the Boulevard, north of NE 39th Street and south of NE 50th Terrace. Morningside lies east of the Boulevard from NE 50th Terrace to NE 60th Street. Bayside is east of the Boulevard from NE 61st Street to NE 72nd Street. Belle Meade is east of the Boulevard from NE 72nd Terrace to NE 77th Terrace. Shorecrest is east of the Boulevard from NE 78th Street to NE 87th Street. Palm Grove is west of Biscayne Boulevard between NE 54th Street and NE 77th Street Road (i.e.: south of the Little River).
The area between NE 37th Street and NE 54th Street from Biscayne Boulevard westward one block to Federal Highway is not officially part of any of these neighborhoods but is nevertheless part of the UES. Similarly, the area from the Little River north to the city limits and between Biscayne Boulevard on the east and the Little River and the Village of El Portal on the west is not part of any of the aforementioned neighborhoods but is part of the UES.
Shorecrest is the northern most sub-neighborhood of the Upper East Side bounded by the Little River on the south (approximately NE 79th Street), Biscayne Boulevard on the west, Miami's northern city limits and the Village of Miami Shores to the north, and Biscayne Bay to the east. As of 2000, the population of Shorecrest was 3,989 people. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 35.80% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 29.13% Black or African American, and 31.94% White (non-Hispanic).
Shorecrest contains many historic single-family homes dating to the 1930s and 1940s, as well as some multi-family apartments and condominiums along its southern and western boundaries. The main commercial corridors in the neighborhood are 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. The area has experienced increased development and revitalization in recent years with the addition of new restaurants and stores.
Palm Grove is a historic neighborhood which lies within the Upper East Side, bounded by Biscayne Boulevard to the east, NE 54th Street to the south, the Little River on the north, and the Florida East Coast Railway tracks on the west. The neighborhood contains many historic homes from the 1920s and 1930s, many of which have recently been renovated and restored. Palm Grove is a diverse community consisting of artists, young professionals, and Haitian immigrants. As of 2000, the population of Palm Grove was 3,349. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 22.77% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 56.79% Black or African American, and 10.69% White (non-Hispanic).
The Palm Grove Neighborhood contains a significant collection of residential architecture from the early to mid-20th century. The most dominant styles in the district are Spanish Eclectic and Mission, reflecting the strong influence of the Spanish Colonial and Revival styles in Florida during this period. The district also contains notable examples of the Art Deco, Art Moderne, Craftsman, and Colonial Revival styles of the early 20th century. By mid-century, other building styles such as Minimal Traditional and Ranch were constructed. Several dwellings were also built in a local style known as “Miami Modern” or "Mimo."
Ironside is an urban art and design district located in Miami's Upper Eastside, off of the MiMo Historic Biscayne Boulevard and along the northwest boundary of Palm Grove. The stretch of industrial warehouses was acquired in 2003 by local developer Ofer Mizrahi, and envisioned as an interconnected network of mixed-purpose architectural complexes. It is home to over 65 designer showrooms, art galleries, architecture firms, creative services, eateries, residences, multi-purpose spaces, and a public piazza with permanent Berlin Wall sculptures painted by street artist Thierry Noir. Twice a year, Ironside hosts a Campus Collective, a community event.
Belle Meade is a sub-neighborhood which lies within the larger enclave of the Upper East Side. It is a private, gated community and the southern part contains a smaller subdivision known as the Bayside Historic District. The northern part contains Belle Meade Island. It is bounded by the Little River to the north, northeast 72nd Terrace to the south, Biscayne Boulevard to the west, and Biscayne Bay to the east.
Demographics of Belle Meade
As of 2000, the population of Belle Meade had 2,149 people. The zip code for Belle Meade is 33138. The area covers 0.433 square miles (1.12 km2). As of 2000, there were 1,248 males and 900 females. The median age for males were 35.2 years old, while the median age for females were 35.5 years old. The average household size had 2.0 people, while the average family size had 2.8 members. The percentage of married-couple families (among all households) was 26.8%, while the percentage of married-couple families with children (among all households) was 9.0%, and the percentage of single-mother households (among all households) was 3.6%. The percentage of never-married males 15 years old and over was 31.6%, while the percentage of never-married females 15 years old and over was 13.1%.
As of 2000, the percentage of people that speak English not well or not at all made up 6.5% of the population. The percentage of residents born in Florida was 20.4%, the percentage of people born in another U.S. state was 46.8%, and the percentage of native residents but born outside the U.S. was 4.1%, while the percentage of foreign born residents was 28.7%.
Morningside is a residential historic sub-neighborhood within the Upper Eastside in an older part of the City of Miami, Florida, United States. It lies mostly to the east of Biscayne Boulevard from NE 50th Terrace to NE 62nd Street. Morningside is just north of and adjacent to Bay Point Estates, another more affluent but less historic residential enclave in urban Miami.
When Pope John Paul II visited the United States, he stayed at what was then the home of Archbishop Edward McCarthy on NE 53rd Street.
History of Morningside
Started in the 1920s as "Bay Shore," it prospered in the mid-20th century and fell on hard times along with most of Miami's other inner city neighborhoods in the 60's and 70's. More recently Morningside was the first historic area in central Miami to experience gentrification with an influx of more-affluent residents. It has now been fully restored. The Morningside Historic District runs from NE 55th Street to NE 60th Street; it was the first historic district to be designated as such in the City of Miami. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 as the Bay Shore Historic District.
The Morningside Historic District is significant to the history of architecture, landscape architecture, and community development in Miami. Developed primarily between 1922 and 1941, Morningside contains a wealth of Mediterranean, Art Deco, and vernacular style houses that reflect the diversity and direction of architectural design during the 1920s and 1930s. Morningside is one of Miami's best planned subdivisions, featuring wide, tree-lined boulevards that contribute to the character of the area. This neighborhood was envisioned as an exclusive, residential community, and its amenities and location on Biscayne Bay attracted many influential and prominent local residents. One of Miami's most intact historic neighborhoods, Morningside is the City's best remaining example of a boom-era suburb.
The Morningside Historic District stands today as one of Miami's most intact historic neighborhoods. Despite the number of post-1941 buildings in the area, Morningside retains a high degree of historic and architectural integrity. This is due, in part, to the fact that most later buildings are not intrusive, but respect the earlier structures in scale, setback, materials, and workmanship. The majority of neighborhood residents recognize the special character of the area and desire its continued preservation.
As Miami's population expanded during the late 1920s and early 1920s, new subdivisions reached northward along Biscayne Bay. In 1922, a large, undeveloped bayfront tract near the northern city limits was platted. Called Bay Shore, this area was subdivided by the Bay Shore Investment Company and was the first of three phases that would be developed by the company between 1922 and 1924.
Architecture of Morningside
Houses constructed in the Morningside Historic District reflect the eclecticism popular in the early twentieth century. The earlier buildings in the district are predominantly Mediterranean Revival in style, while structures built in the 1930s and early 1940s are frequently Art Deco. Outstanding examples of both styles are found here. Morningside also features a large number of masonry vernacular buildings that frequently utilize elements of several styles. An unusual Tudor Revival style house and one of the City's best examples of Mission style architecture add to the area's architectural diversity.
Demographics of Morningside
As of 2000, the population of Morningside was 1,074 people. The racial makeup of Morningside was 14.90% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 28.49% Black or African American, and 55.21% White (non-Hispanic).
Bay Point is a sub-neighborhood within the Upper East Side neighborhood, in the City of Miami, Florida, United States. It is a gated community stretching from NE 41st Street to NE 50th Street alongside Biscayne Boulevard. The neighborhood streets are privately owned by the households and access to the roads and waterways are restricted to the residents (and their guests), of which there are approximately 250. To maintain the streets and the neighborhood's 24-hour security, all residents must pay neighborhood dues that can total approximately $2,200 per year.
Prices for homes in the Miami enclave range from approximately $1,100,000 for a 3,000 square feet (280 m2) home that needs to renovated on a dry lot, to just south of $27,000,000 for a larger home with widebay views. One reason for the neighborhood's desirability is its location and high security. Centralized in the City of Miami, it is essentially a suburban contiguity located in the heart of the Miami area's urban core. It is less than ten minutes from downtown Miami and South Beach, and within twenty minutes away from most other major centers in Miami, such as Coral Gables, Hialeah, and Aventura, Florida. Much of the neighborhood's high real estate values are thanks not to the homes, but the property the house sits on. It is adjacent to Morningside, another affluent, historic residential neighborhood in Miami's urban core.
The residents' homes are lined along Sabal Palm Road, one of the most expensive streets to live on in the United States. The style of the homes varies. Most of the homes were built between 1940 and 1960 and many homes are currently undergoing major renovations as, and exhibit architectural styles ranging from contemporary Floridian to ranch. Many of the neighborhood's wealthy residents are among the most prominent lawyers, doctors, and businessmen in Miami. Its most famous current and former residents include Enrique Iglesias, Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, Stephen Zack, Liván Hernández, Willy Chirino, and DMX.
As of 2000, the population of Bay Point was 1,378 people. The racial makeup of Baypoint was 49.20% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 5.2% Black or African American]], and 36.7% White (non-Hispanic).
Bayside Historic District
The Bayside Historic District is a sub-neighborhood of the Upper East Side. The area is generally bounded by NE 72nd Street and N.E. 72nd Terrace on the north; Biscayne Bay on the east; NE 67th Street on the south; and Biscayne Boulevard to the west.
History of Bayside
The Bayside Historic District reflects the formative years of the early 1900s through the mid-1940s. Once a part of the pioneer settlement of Lemon City, Bayside contains the oldest intact community in Northeast Miami, as well as one of this area's last remaining bayfront estates. From its onset, Bayside was the home of many prominent residents who played significant roles in the business life of both Lemon City and Miami.
Bayside has four distinct subdivisions which were platted between 1909 and 1925, although the area itself was first settled in the late nineteenth century. These subdivisions include Elmira (N.E. 68th Street and N.E. 67th Street), which was platted in 1909; Acadia (N.E. 70th Street), which was platted in 1915; Baywood (N.E. 69th Street and the south side of N.E. 71st Street), which was platted in 1921 and added to in 1924; and Washington Place (N.E. 72nd Street and the north side of N.E. 71st Street), which was platted in 1925.
In 1909, William B. and Fred C. Miller (not related) subdivided a seven-acre bayfront lot on today's N.E. 68th Street. The Millers had come to Florida in the late 1880s from Elmira, New York and had developed Elmira Farms near Arch Creek. Their new subdivision was named Elmira, and oolitic limestone gates announced the entrance to the new community.
While much of what was Lemon City has been engulfed by later developments, Elmira has remained virtually intact. Although many of its houses have deteriorated, and newer buildings have been added, the street retains much of its early character. Elmira is characterized by its excellent collection of Frame Vernacular buildings, many of which were inspired by Northern architectural styles. The Elmira Club at 742 N.E. 68th Street, for example, has Dutch Colonial Revival influences, while other houses display classical details. The majority of houses were constructed in the 1910s.
The Acadia subdivision was platted in 1915 by the Realty Securities Corporation and George E. Merrick. Although the subdivision evokes the memory of Longfellow with such names as Acadian Way, Evangeline Circle, Tropical Trail, and Druid Walk, the houses developed here are distinctly Mediterranean Revival in influence. This is due perhaps to the fact that only two houses were constructed prior to 1925. Development took off during the Boom years of the mid-1920s, however, when Wykoff and Estes Builders constructed an outstanding cluster of large, two-story Mediterranean Revival style houses near the eastern end of NE 70th Street.
The last subdivision to be subdivided was Washington Place, which was also developed between 1925 and the mid-1940s. Samuel J. Prescott, who platted the subdivision in 1925, had constructed his own winter home at 7101 N.E. 10th Avenue some years before. The house remains today as one of the last intact bayfront estates in Northeast Miami. The estate once featured a recreational golf course for residents and guests. Prescott was founder of the firm of Samuel J. Prescott Co., Inc., building contractors, which developed several significant buildings in downtown Washington, D.C. Prescott was chairman of the board of the Second National Bank of Washington, D.C., president of the Master Builders Association, the Builders and Manufacturers Exchange, and the Prescott Farms Company of New Hampshire.
The Bayside Historic District remains today as an intact, cohesive neighborhood. Despite the number of post-1941 buildings, Bayside retains a high level of historic and architectural integrity.
Architecture of Bayside
Houses constructed in Bayside reflect the diversity, direction, and taste of individual residents as well as the architectural eclecticism prevalent in the early-20th century. The earlier buildings in the district are Frame Vernacular, with several examples of early bungalows. Houses built in the 1920s are generally Mediterranean Revival in style, while structures built in the 1930s and 1940s are frequently Art Deco. Bayside also features a number of excellent examples of other architectural styles, including Mission Revival, Streamline Moderne, and Florida Ranch. Other structures, best described as Masonry Vernacular, add to the area's architectural diversity.
The Upper East Side has a population of 15,056 of different ethnicities and races that includes high, middle and low income residents. Biscayne Boulevard is the central spine of this neighborhood. The neighborhood like the rest of Miami is quickly becoming composed mostly of artistic and bright colored homes and condos. The area has some of the highest crime rates in Miami for an area that has a substantial amount of middle- and high-income residents.
As of 2010, The Upper Eastside had a population of 15,056 residents, with 6,263 households, and 3,167 families residing in the neighborhood. The median household income was $35,196.16. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 37.26% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 29.65% Black or African American, 28.68% White (non-Hispanic), and 4.41% Other races (non-Hispanic).
MiMo Historic District
Today, the area along Biscayne Boulevard is the designated MiMo Architecture Biscayne Boulevard Historic District or also known as "MiMo on BiBo", for "Miami Modern on Biscayne Boulevard". MiMo Historic District runs roughly from 50th Street to 77th Street along Biscayne Boulevard, although MiMo can be found heavily in the Miami Design District and Midtown. Many annual festivals are held to promote MiMo architecture, such as "Cinco de MiMo" a play on "Cinco de Mayo" in early May.
Biscayne Boulevard throughout the Upper East Side fell to urban decay after the 1980s, and experienced increased crime, prostitution and drug dealings. In the 2000s, preservation efforts began to bring development interest into the neighborhood, and Biscayne Boulevard began to improve. Today, the boulevard is in a fast upwards transition along with many other nearby neighborhoods such as the Design District, Wynwood and Edgewater, with strong preservation efforts to preserve the MiMo architecture.
Zoning and public projects
Under pressure from residents to keep undesirably large buildings out, The Miami City Commission considered new building codes and a 180-day moratorium on February 26 of 2007. With many homes built in the late 1920s, the Upper Eastside encompasses some of Miami's oldest neighborhoods and residents desire to keep it that way. The proposed codes were looser on distance to low-density areas but stricter on building height.
A beautification and landscape project was recently completed on Biscayne Boulevard and Legion Park and Eaton Park recently received improvements such as new playground equipment. Construction on new Little River Canal and efforts to fight crime are currently being worked on.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates area public schools:
- Morningside K-8 Academy
- Phyllis R. Miller Elementary School
The Archdiocese of Miami operates:
- Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, private/Catholic
Other private schools in the Upper East Side include:
- Morningside Montessori School
- The Cushman School
Miami-Dade Public Library operates area public libraries:
- Lemon City Library
- Morningside Park
- Legion Park
- Baywood Park
- Belle Meade Mini Park
- Military Trail Park
- North Shorecrest Park
- Manatee Bend Park
Bars & Restaurants
The Mimo Historic District and the remainder of the Upper Eastside are host to a burgeoning restaurant scene.
- PINCH Kitchen - 8601 Biscayne Blvd
- Cream Parlor - 8224 Biscayne Blvd
- Paulie Gee's Miami - 8001 Biscayne Blvd
- Siam Rice Thai & Sushi Restaurant - 7941 Biscayne Blvd
- Cake Thai Kitchen - 7918 Biscayne Blvd
- Gourmet Station - 7601 Biscayne Blvd
- LOBA Restaurant - 7420 Biscayne Blvd
- Ms. Cheezious - 7418 Biscayne Blvd
- Vagabond Kitchen and Bar - 7301 Biscayne Blvd
- NiDo Caffe Italian Restaurant - 7295 Biscayne Blvd
- Doggi's Arepa Bar - 7281 Biscayne Blvd
- Winewood Winebar-Restaurant - 7251 Biscayne Blvd
- Moshi Moshi - 7232 Biscayne Blvd
- Jimmy's Eastside Dinner - 7201 Biscayne Blvd
- Phuc Yea - 7100 Biscayne Blvd
- Dogma Grill - 7030 Biscayne Blvd
- Organic Bites - 7010 Biscayne Blvd
- Lo De Lea Argentinean Grill - 7001 Biscayne Blvd
- Barmeli69 - 6927 Biscayne Blvd
- Via Verdi - 6900 Biscayne Blvd
- Balans Restaurant & Bar - 6789 Biscayne Blvd
- Blue Collar - 6730 Biscayne Blvd
- O Munaciello a Miami - 6425 Biscayne Blvd
- Panther Coffee - 6405 Biscayne Blvd
- Starbucks - 6320 Biscayne Blvd
- Europa Coffee House - 6075 Biscayne Blvd
- Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza - 5600 Biscayne Blvd
- Terramia Restaurant - 4770 Biscayne Blvd
- Soyka - 5556 NE 4th Court
- Sushi Siam - 5582 NE 4th Court
- Cafe Roval - 5808 NE 4th Court
- Ironside Kitchen Pizza & Coffee Co - 7580 NE 4th Court
- Choices Cafe - 646 NE 79th St
- The Anderson - 709 NE 79th St
- Eastside Pizza - 731 NE 79th St
- Mina's Mediterraneo - 749 NE 79th St
- Boteco - 916 NE 79th St
- Tap79 Gastropub - 1071 NE 79th St
- Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus - 1085 NE 79th St
- Ferraro's Kitchen Restaurant & Winebar - 1099 NE 79th St
- Neighborhood Enhancement Team Profile
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- Morningside (Bayshore) neighborhood, detailed profile
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- "Bayside Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2018.
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