Tony Goldman, the Manhattan real estate mogul, died on Tuesday in New York at age 68. He is credited with developing trendy art and nightlife scenes in, respectively, Miami’s South Beach and Wynwood neighborhoods.
Goldman opened restaurants and hotels in South Beach in the mid-‘80s, when most people considered the area a retirement community. Some 20 years later, he turned his attention to Wynwood, a gritty warehouse district north of downtown Miami.
One of the district’s most popular destinations is the Wynwood Walls, a project Goldman began in 2009. So far, over two dozen street artists have covered swaths of windowless warehouse walls with colorful, eye-catching murals.
Goldman brought the idea to a blank wall in New York on the corner of Houston and Bowery. Both Wynwood Walls and Bowery Mural have showcased work by Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Aiko and JR. As recently as this summer, Goldman was involved with selecting options for the wall.
In an article about Miami published in the December 2011 issue of A.i.A., Goldman said, “My focus is to make [the Wynwood Art District] the central art community of Miami. We use what’s already there, adapting existing buildings and reprogramming them for new uses at inexpensive rents. Then we let the world know about it.”