Saturday, June 2, 2012

new york residents second home is magic city

Many new york residents think of magic city as their second home. But the familiarization  does not end there, as the lead jeffrey dean morgan reminds us all of thick new york accented brad garett.

 Brad Garett or Jeffrey dean morgan?
 Jeffrey dean morgan?
 Brad Garett?

 Brad or Jeffrey?

Growing up in the midwest and having grandparents in miami beach, I found myself in the magic city often. My entire families life seemed to center in miami beach most of my childhood. I imagine that many new yorkers also made the trip to florida, because I seemed to always meet them and canadians in miami beach, and they always seemed to be visiting their grandparents as well.

As I watch magic city, it has much to remind me of my visits to hotels like deaville, eden rock, fountainbleau and even the underground pool bar reminds me of the ft. lauderdale hotel pool bar on the 17th street causeway. As the opening girls swimming around a pool in magic city, and then we see a girl swimming past wolfies, it reminds me of my trips to rascal house, pumpernickel and wolfies.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, new york deli's are very much a part of the jewish life, even when they are located outside of new york and in miami beach.

Magic city is probably the best TV show I have seen in several years. (or since the playboy club was cancelled) While the playboy club was also similar to magic city, in that it had mob undertones, because it is not on abc, nbc, cbs or fox and is on a smaller cable channel starz, it has a much better chance to survive.

How would you describe magic city to a friend who never saw an episode?

Since many people did not see the playboy club before it was quickly cancelled, we must compare it to mad men, because of the era and the clothing. The latin flavor of cuba, also gives magic city more layers, and african american's are also represented and remind us all of our racist american history.

Perhaps the strongest character on the show is "the butcher" or a mob element, that is very graphic in the way he kills people and animals. The back history on the butcher is that he killed his first 2 wives, and the newest one, who reminds me of the beautiful rebecca grant, is on her way to being the third wife of the butcher murdered.

While this kind of show could not be shown on regular TV, do to nudity, viloence, and that the main characters portray Jews. Regular TV would need the show to remove the Jewish themes. While the violence, nudity and language could be edited, it would become a different show all together.

Not certain how many jewish new yorkers experienced passover at a miami beach hotel, maybe because you were not keeping kosher for passover, but every time I see the lobby of the hotel in magic city, it brings back memories as if I was there again.

If you are from new york and spent much of your life visiting miami beach, let me know, by emailing me or commenting here.

Miami Beach, New Year's Eve, 1958-1959. Castro's rebels seize Havana, while the Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court at the luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel. This is Ike Evans' (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) place, and he used mob boss Ben "The Butcher" Diamond to finance it. With diving clowns by day, and escorts at night, nothing's what it seems in Magic City. Premieres April 2012 on STARZ.

magic city pool bar

Full Name: Olga Kostyantynivna Kurylenko
Birth Date: November 14, 1979
Birth Place: Berdyansk, Ukraine
Ethnicity: Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Jeffrey dean morgan and brad garett look very much alike, don't you think?

magic city is my favorite TV show

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