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GRAZIANO’s de BRICKELL
por John Delaney

Yo decidí, “Yo quiero ir a Graziano’s.” Yo había terminado mi sesión tercera dibujando la estación de el Miami-Dade Metromover a el Distrito Financiero a el fin de el Bucle Brickell. Yo habría ido a Graziano’s, el asador argentino situado en el extremo de el norte de Brickell acabe sur de el Rio de Miami, durante viajes anteriores a Miami, pero no conocí como navegar el transporte público a lo largo de Miami. Sin embargo, yo pasé las muchas horas dibujando eso paisaje urbano, que yo necesité la más aventura.

Downtown Skyline
from Vizcaya Miami-Dade Metrorail Station,
Miami, Florida (January 2013)

 

Yo no originalmente planificé para dibujar en Brickell. Yo habría continuado dibujando los paisajes urbanos de las platformas de las estaciones de ambos el Miami-Dade Metrorail y el Miami-Dade Metromover, incluyendo un paisaje urbano de la estación de el Miami-Dade Metrorail en Vizcaya, como yo hice durante otros viajes a Miami – pero yo no quise tener el apuro con la policia. Aunque el oficial policia, que me preguntó a dejar la estación de el Miami-Dade Metromover a la Calle Tercera por el Bucle Omni, le gusta mi paisaje urbano, yo sentí incómodo. Por lo tonto, yo dibujé la estación de el Miami-Dade Metromover a el Distrito Financiero en Brickell de la calle.

Downtown Miami Skyline
from Third Street Miami-Dade Metromover Station
(January 2013)

Yo pensé, “¡Yo nunca terminé eso dibujo!” El edificio detrás la estación, uno moderno edificio extraordinariamente complejo y comprimido, hubiera sido el más dificil edificio, que yo he dibujado alguna vez. Normalmente, durante ocho días de vacaciones, yo terminaré siete dibujos; eso semana en Miami, yo terminé cuatro.

Yo estuve dibujando eso dibujo mientras montar el Miami-Dade Metrorail yendo sur, cuando un otro pasajero dijo, “Que es Brickell.” Entonces un otro pasajero señaló con su dedo a el edificio detrás la estación y dijo, “Que es el Edificio Infinito.”

Todos nosotros hablamos. El primero pasajero fue un estudiante de la arquitectura y la zonificación municipal. En cuatro frases, dentro seis estaciones por el Miami-Dade Metrorail – Brickell, Vizcaya, La Arboleda Coco, La Careterra Douglas, La Universidad, y Miami de Sur – eso estuidante explicó la historia de el desarrollo de la zonificación municipal, de los antiguos griegos, a través de la Iglesia Católica, a través de Los Masones, a través de la moderna zonificación municipal en las ciudades de America de Norte.

Infinity Building
at Financial District Miami-Dade Metromover Station
in Brickell, Miami, Florida (January 2014)

 

El proximo noche, yo tomé el Miami-Dade Metromover de el Distrito Financiero a la Calle Ocho para ir a Graziano’s. Llamativamente visible norte de la esquina norteoeste de la Avenida Miami de Sur y la Calle Siete de Suroeste, o el Rastro Tamiami, de la platforma de la estación a la Calle Ocho, esta situado la serie de edificios con uno o dos pisos teniendo siete differentes negocios: El Rio Mariscos y Ostra Barra; Uniendo, el restaurante tailandeso; Nutrifit Vitaminas y Suplementos; Uñas, el salón por las uñas; La Careterra Tabaco, la hostería a el viejo estilo por rock-and-roll; “¡Yo He Estado Enmarcado!” una galería de enmarcando personalizado y arte; y un oficial edificio estado gobierno serviendo el Departmiento de La Justicia Juvenil de Florida. Cado lote municipal de los bienes inmuebles a el norte, sur, este y oeste de esa serie de edificios acomodaron recién comenzada construcción de los rascacielos, como demonstrados por las excavaciones en la tierra al menos tres pisos profundos, extendiendo la todo longitud de cada lote.

Provocativamente, si yo hubiera utilizado la Vista de la Calle en las Mapas Google antes yo tomé el Miami-Dade Metromover a el núcleo urbano de Brickell de norte centro, yo me hube convertido perdido sin esperanza. Para mirar esa ubicación dentro las Mapas Google, los campos abiertos con los números abundantes de árboles de olmo, roble y palma rodean esos edificios, a su norte, sur, este y oeste, su arquitectura pintoresca y encantadora, alargada y horizontal, rodeada a, y anidada dentro el enfoque de, los rascacielos blancos cegadoros y turquesos con los condominios elevados, ubicuos a lo largo de, no sólo Brickell, pero todo Miami y Florida de Sur.

Mientras yo caminé oeste por la Calle Siete de Sureste más allá de la Avenida Miami de Sur a la Calle Siete de Suroeste, o el Rastro Tamiami hacia Graziano’s, yo vi, que ambos El Rio y Uniendo, el restaurante tailandeso, hicieron el gran negocio. La ausencia de las aceras (como las Mapas Google dice, “Utilizé la cautela – esa ruta puede faltar las aceras o los caminos por los peatones”) no desalentó el patrocinio.

Graziano’s no me decepcioné. Aunque yo haya pedido las zanahorias y tomate a la parrilla en lugar de la polenta con el parmesano gratinado, me gustaron mucho la parrillada, estada situado en mi mesa, con tres carnes: cerdo, bistec y chorizo.

También me gustó el martini con la ginebra Hendrick’s que mi camerero, y claro el gestor de Graziano’s, llamado Paul, hizo. Paul mezcló los ingredientes y sacudió el martini a fondo mucho. Entonces Paul permitió el martini para se establecer – despúes de que Paul tambien sacudió el martini a fondo mucho. ¡Suave y liso!

Me gustó mi cena a Graziano’s tanto, que yo pagué Paul en efectivo por mi cena y pedí un menu de el postre. Porque yo pasé el dinero por cena dentro mi presupuesto, yo decidí para derrochar y pagar por un el postre con mi tarjeta de credito. Yo pedí un segundo martini y los panqueques con dulce de leche, a flambé con el licor anaranjado, que Paul hizo en frente de mí a mi mesa. ¡Exquisito!

Cuando yo volví a la estación de el Miami-Dade Metromover a la Calle Ocho despúes nueve eso noche, yo vi que, no solo El Rio y Uniendo todovía hicieron el gran negocio, pero también los empleados trabajar construcción de los rascacielos continuaron trabajar. ¡Alguien quiere esos edificios aribba ahora! Yo decidí entrar El Rio para consequir una tarjeta de negocio. Despúes la dueña de casa me la dio, yo le pregunté directamente, “¿Estarán El Rio y todos edificios por esa calle aquí en tres años?

Sí,” la dueña de casa me dijo. “Nosotros estaremos aquí.”

Brickell Skyline, Downtown Miami
(January 2012)

 

Some of Graziano's de Brickell I translated from the introduction to
JOHN DELANEY's UNNAMED OBJECT ASTROSCOPE #238,
written for this webpage, below.

JOHN DELANEY's
UNNAMED OBJECT ASTROSCOPE #238

1999-XX143! in Leo squared1
1996-GQ21$
in Scorpio, on and off, from
from August 2001 to July 2017.

The Brickell location of Graziano’s, a small group of Argentinean steakhouses doing business throughout Miami since 1962, resides in Brickell’s northernmost extreme, just south of the Miami River, one mile inland west of Brickell Key and a brisk seven-minute walk from the Eighth Street Miami-Dade Metromover station servicing the Brickell Loop. Although the Eighth Street Miami-Dade Metromover station, with an elevated train or tram line platform & passenger waiting area approximately three stories above street level, provides a somewhat distant inner city vantage of north central Brickell if one looks west, Graziano’s, four avenues west of the Eighth Street Miami-Dade Metromover station (Southeast 1st Avenue, South Miami Avenue, Southwest 1st Avenue East and West, and Southwest 2nd Avenue), stands too far in the distant west to see.

Conversely, conspicuously visible north of the northwest corner of South Miami Avenue and Southwest 7th Street, or Tamiami Trial, from the Eighth Street Miami-Dade Metromover station platform, at the time of this writing, resides a series of one and two-story buildings housing seven different businesses: The River Seafood and Oyster Bar; Bonding, a Tai Restaurant; Nutrifit Vitamins and Supplements; Nails, a nail salon; Tobacco Road, an old-style rock ’n’ roll roadhouse; “I’ve Been Framed!” a Custom Framing and Art Gallery; and an official state government building servicing the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. What makes this series of one and two-story buildings so conspicuously visible from the Eighth Street Miami-Dade Metromover station platform when one looks west – again, at the time of this writing – is the fact that every single municipal real estate lot to the north, south, east & west of that series of buildings accommodated newly commenced construction of skyscrapers, as evidenced by excavations in the earth at least three stories deep extending the full length of each lot.

Walking west along Southeast 7th Street, then, past South Miami Avenue, along Southwest 7th Street, or Tamiami Trial – Miami Avenue divides east & west, while Flagler Street divides north & south,  in the downtown Miami municipal grid – on the way from the Eighth Street Miami-Dade Metromover station to Graziano’s, it is clear that The River Seafood and Oyster Bar, with half price oysters and nightly drink specials during Happy Hour every day, in addition to an impressive selection of pricey but not unreasonable fresh multiregional seafood, and, to a lesser degree, the Tai restaurant Bonding, do brisk business. The absence of sidewalks on the southside of this entire commercial strip (as Google Maps say, “Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths”) discouraged no patronage.

Ironically, the reemergence of sidewalks along Southwest 7th Street, or Tamiami Trial, west of Southwest 1st Avenue, convenient as it may be for pedestrians trying to avoid becoming confused with the flow of municipal thoroughfare automobile traffic in the minds of aggravated & edgy downtown Miami automobile drivers, ultimately served to hinder the vantage of any pedestrians seeking specific commercial business storefronts, due to the prevalence of newly built skyscrapers within a municipal grid designed to accommodate much more modestly sized buildings. Multiple commercial banners bearing the name “GRAZIANO’S” in large, sans-serif all capital letters hanging from flagpoles at the Latitude One Offices Skyscrapers just above street level along a narrow, high-traffic stretch of Southwest 7th Street prevented any potential customers, whether pedestrians or, much more likely, automobile drivers & passengers, searching for the Argentinean steakhouse, from overlooking it by accident.

Should one compare the environment of the adjacent respective neighborhoods where both Graziano’s and The River Seafood and Oyster Bar reside in choosing whether to patronize one or the other, one might indeed choose Graziano’s over The River Seafood and Oyster Bar, despite the fact that, at first glance (the interior of Graziano’s is elegant & spacious) Graziano’s seems so compressed along that narrow, high-traffic stretch of Southwest 7th Street – if only because construction on development projects on all lots surrounding The River Seafood and Oyster Bar on the northwest corner of South Miami Avenue and Southwest 7th Street, or Tamiami Trial, offers only an apocalyptic, industrial wasteland upon which construction workers work night & day to transform into yet another gross manifestation of “the Manhattanization of Miami.”

Provocatively, should one compare, at the time of this writing, those two adjacent respective neighborhoods using Google Maps street view before taking the Miami-Dade Metromover or (much more likely), driving into the north central Brickell urban core, one would undoubtedly not hesitate, for one second, to choose The River Seafood and Oyster Bar over Graziano’s, as that series of one and two-story buildings north of the northwest corner of South Miami Avenue and Southwest 7th Street, or Tamiami Trial is surrounded by open fields with copious numbers of elm, oak & palm trees to its north, south, east & west, its quaint & charming elongated, horizontal architecture nestled within the focus of the surrounding, blinding white & turquoise high-rise skyscraper condominiums ubiquitous throughout not only Brickell but all of Miami & South Florida.

To be sure, the dwarfing of The River Seafood and Oyster Bar does not finish “the Manhattanization of Miami” – indeed, if there is any mythos in North America more enduring than “the American Dream,” it is real estate development in South Florida! And indeed, Miami city commissioner Marc Sarnoff told The Miami Herald’s Douglas Hanks and Hannah Sampson for their recent article, “Miami Developers Launch Three Condo Projects in One Day,” that business in Miami has never been better:  

“We’ve never had a three-groundbreaking day in the history of Miami,’’ said Sarnoff, a Miami city commissioner. “I’ve done two, but never three.”

Moreover, as The Miami Herald’s Douglas Hanks and Hannah Sampson make clear by quoting Craig Studnicky, a founder of ISG, a brokerage which services Latin American investors, in their recent article, “Miami Developers Launch Three Condo Projects In One Day,” the ambitions of those investing in South Florida real estate these days supersede “The American Dream”:  

It’s a much more serious buyer from Latin America. We never hear the word “flip”. . . The conversations are not about, ‘Can I resell the unit, and how much can I sell it for when I resell it? It’s all about the rentability.  

If ISG founder Studnicky is correct, the current Brickell & downtown Miami real estate boom retains a much different character, and will augur a much different future of Miami, than the history of Miami, driven by real estate speculation in the Twenties, discussed at length by Frederick Lewis Allen in Chapter XI, “Home, Sweet Florida,” in Only Yesterday.

But none of this expostulation is polite dinner conversation – please, as Graziano’s prepares to serve its exquisite three-meat, four-meat & five-meat Parrilladas, and as the River Seafood and Oyster Bar offers choices amongst the Gnocchi & Blue Crab, Bacon Wrapped & Barbequed Cobia and other exquisite fish dishes, why discuss dirt, steel & its consequences? However, whether one chooses carne o pescado for cenar this evening (¡anoche!), all that development surrounding the commercial strip north of the northwest corner of South Miami Avenue and Southwest 7th Street, or Tamiami Trial, really begs the question – either before or after a couple of drinks, “Is the River Seafood and Oyster Bar, and are all these buildings along this antiquated commercial strip, going to be here in three years?”

Well, if one really wants to know, just go into the River Seafood and Oyster Bar . . . and ask, “No, we’re not going anywhere.

“We’ll be here.”

ARIES – While few, or possibly even no, writers have more successfully communicated the horror & pathos of an individual attempting to hold onto their humanity in the face of overwhelming inhuman forces than Eugene Ionesco in his play Rhinoceros – which is all the more remarkable, given that Ionesco lived & wrote previous to the long-term Bull Market of the Nineties & early Y2K, when “nothing was going on but the rent.” Even so, 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 surmise that even Ionesco’s classic sentiment about man & society may now be obsolete – after all, if all of mankind has already debased themselves into a bovine, ignorant & violent herd, then what good will “humanity” do for a human being anyway? In this context: How can a writer, philosopher, social commentator or artist provoke a bunch of reptile-brain animals who really, deeply do not care?  

TAURUS – Read Leo for strategic insight. Read Capricorn when considering other peoples’ property besides your own. The acronym NIMBYism (“Not in my back yard”) takes on accelerated significance when applied not to a region, city or even neighborhood, but, in fact, your backyard – not “your backyard” as an example of “synecdoche”, a figure of speech in which “a part” represents “the whole,” but “your backyard,” that plot of dirt behind the house that you bought, paid for & own. Since, in this model, it is “your backyard” at stake, 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 set up different scenarios wherein it will wind up being, necessarily, “you” against “them.” Furthermore, because “you” will more often than not prove “singular” while “them,” tautologically, is “plural,” you are & will be outnumbered – potentially, catastrophically. If “they” want your backyard that bad, they will get it – if necessary, over your “dead body” (more especially . . . if you choose to offer it in that way). Don’t fight nasty & hostile battles which will start a war of attrition which you lack the resources to survive, let alone win.  

GEMINI – If a real estate developer should build a seventy-story condominium skyscraper in an empty field within 10 minutes walking distance of the sheltered platform of a station of a municipal train system, the owner of a storefront located immediately between that condominium skyscraper & that municipal train system station would, by definition, in slang terms, own, not a “gold mine” (gold is not a renewable resource for human beings within the context of “geologic time”) but a “gold factory.” 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 therefore now remind you that some human beings will indeed kill to acquire, not the gold itself, but the ownership of that “gold factory” – even if the local currency of that gold in question, is, in fact, bagels. Loonie Dollar Peso!

CANCER – As much as you crave money, power & sex, 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 know that you crave one thing more than those other three things combined: Legitimacy. You will not achieve any legitimacy if you get your hands . . . or anything else . . . dirty in that quest for money, power & sex. Either you are a class act or you are a philistine. Acknowledge what you are willing to do in order to get what you want – and do not represent yourself for something that you are not.  

LEO – Read Taurus to avoid hubris. Either rampantly greedy family members, local politicians or real estate developers are allowed to take massive, unilateral action which disrupts the lives of dozens, hundreds or hundreds of thousands of people for their exclusive benefit, or they are not. As this tautology frames property disputes under the current influence of 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21, your option is clear. Ask whoever it is that now takes massive, unilateral action which now disrupts so many lives, “What give you the right to take such action for your exclusive benefit at everybody else’s expense?” Demand an answer. Prepare to take action, after you get that answer, within arenas where money does not dictate outcomes, in order to effect positive change.

VIRGO – You see a deep & real need to demonstrate both diplomacy & discretion regarding large-scale law enforcement investigations, state security operations or politically-driven private real estate developments. Conversely, disturbingly, 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 warn that deliberate troublemakers, whether freelance loudmouths or agents provocateur, refuse to respect your need for diplomacy & discretion as they assert hostile, obnoxious & insulting opinions while asking indelicate, intrusive & disrespectful questions. When you assert the need for both diplomacy & discretion to such cretins, such cretins may ask, “What? Are you afraid?” Clarify the issue by responding, “Only a damned fool like you would not be afraid.” Do not save the face of one too ignorant to take wise advise & too obnoxious to save yours.  

LIBRA – The consequences of properly keeping, or improperly revealing, to the wrong party, proprietary, material secrets, does not escape you in the least – in fact, you are so aware of all the consequences that very powerful bosses hired you to keep those proprietary, material secrets in their behalf so that hundreds, if not thousands, of people, can earn a good living from them. Therefore, when certain crass, hostile & arrogant associates use provocation, invective & low-minded animal manipulation to induce you to reveal those proprietary, material secrets under the current influence of 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21, you plainly want to break their jaws with your fist! Well, calm down – there are much more effective, and self-evidently legal, ways to discipline such crass, hostile, arrogant, aristocratic animals without doing any actual or even potential damage to yourself at all.  

SCORPIO – Read Leo. While you have every right to privacy about personal & professional business matters, particularly involving your financial & real property holdings, of any & every scale, 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 still denote that there are certain individuals, including but not limited to vested government officials & authority figures, to demand information about financial & real property holdings, which you would much prefer to remain private. Comply openhandedly to avoid untoward, unexpected & negative consequences.  

SAGITTARIUS – 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 flatly warn that enormously powerful & well-heeled real estate interests, governmental spy organizations, organized crime families, municipal politicians & minority power brokers will not hesitate to frame you legally, to arrest you without cause, to maim you or to kill you or your family if you cavalierly thrust out your chest while heroically undermining whatever endeavor that they choose to pursue. Violent but smart animals will not tolerate you, and will not respect your corpse, if you are too flippant to acknowledge what damage they can & will do to you, if they so choose. This is not a video game. Appraise your true enemies with dispassionate, flesh-and-blood accuracy.  

CAPRICORN – Read Taurus when considering your own personal property. Real estate interests, governmental spy organizations, organized crime families, municipal politicians & minority power brokers play hardball against you, your employer & business interests whom you protect, whether using quid pro quo ultimatums, blackmail or whitemail, under the current influence of 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21. Can these adversaries, these real estate interests, governmental spy organizations, organized crime families, municipal politicians & minority power brokers, do what they threaten? They can – and as you fear, they can do a lot worse. Acknowledge where exactly you, your employer & your business interests are legally & financially vulnerable. Prepare to play ball.  

AQUARIUS – Read Leo. If you do not openly side with partners against local politicians or real estate developers legally or illegally wielding enormous power, then 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 warn that such local politicians or real estate developers may project their wrath against you in order to crush you, or worse yet, to dominate you into humiliating submission. Do not, however, make the mistake of believing that you are in any position to take the initiative to force those local politicians or real estate developers to toe the line. You do not have sufficient financial resources. You have no legal authority. You are a bystander – a bystander who is profoundly vulnerable. Follow – or get extremely far out of the way.  

PISCES – You not only now have as much professional opportunity for potentially limitless expansion as your intelligent brain & healthy body can acquire & maintain, but 1999-XX143 & 1996-GQ21 now also expands this conditional clause from singular to plural: You not only now have as much professional opportunity for potentially limitless expansion as the intelligent brains & healthy bodies of both yourself & your teammates can acquire, maintain . . . and replicate. Realize, of course, that if “you bite off more than you can chew,” you will suffer not only a mere stomach ache, but you risk having an entire empire fall down upon your head. Empiric overreach are two words when only one – greed! . . . is really necessary.  

! 1999-XX143 is an unnamed centaur planet discovered on December 13, 1999. The orbit of 1999-XX143 traverses from the orbit of Saturn to the orbit of Neptune. For information on how to interpret 1999-XX143, note reference to Philip Sedgwick below.  

$ 1996-GQ21 is an unnamed scattered-disk object (SDO) transneptunian object (TNO) discovered on April 12, 1996. SDOs are far more remote in space than even Varuna or Pluto, the outermost planets in our current solar system; 1996-GQ21, an SDO, is also a TNO because, at perihelion, it hovers around the orbit of Neptune.  

A great source online for how to interpret 1999-XX143 and many other centaurs, asteroids & minor planets, in an individual's chart & in transit, is
Zane Stein's website "Chiron and Friends” at http://www.zanestein.com/chiron_a.htm

Read seminal astrological analysis on 1999-XX143 and other named & unnamed minor planets, asteroids, centaurs, transneptunians, plutinos and damacloids on
Juan Antonio Revilla’s website “Astrology of the New Centaurs” at
http://www.expreso.co.cr/centaurs/index.html

The only source online for how to interpret 1999-XX143 and many unnamed centaurs and transneptunians, as well as an excellent source for how to interpret all named centaurs, is
Philip Sedgwick’s webpage “Riders in the Sky – The Centaurs”
on Zane Stein's website "Chiron and Friends” at http://www.zanestein.com/phil.htm

A great resource for ephemeris data on 1999-XX143, 1996-GQ21 and over 3000 minor planets, asteroids & centaurs, is on
Jonathan Dunn's website “Ephemeral Info” at
http://ephemeral.info

Research on the above footnotes generously provided to the general public by
The IAU: Minor Planet Center
at
http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/mpc.html
 

1 A Square is a disharmonious 90 degree aspect between or amongst planets transiting signs of like modality (modalities being Cardinal – Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn; Fixed – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius; & Mutable – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).  

2 A Conjunction is a harmonious aspect wherein two or more planets meet as they transit the same sign.

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