Moishe Mana’s march to riches and influence really did start with a single van. His is a classic American tale. The Israeli-born law-school dropout parlayed that van into a ubiquitous New York City moving company that begat 14 or 15 other related enterprises, including a document-storage offshoot that, just by itself, generates $100 million in annual revenue.
A new visionary project is moving forward to transform Miami’s vibrant Wynwood neighborhood into an international commerce hub that will bring an estimated 20,000 jobs in South Florida.
Newly released captivating animated renderings paint a bustling image of what is being called the MANA Wynwood Americas-Asia Trade Center & International Financial Center.
Entrepreneur Moishe Mana has unveiled new eye-popping animated renderings of his massive Wynwood redevelopment as he drums up investment and international interest in his plan for a trade center linking Latin America with China and other parts of Asia.
The developer has purchased a lot at 30 East Flagler St. — the latest in a string of purchases Mana has made along Flagler Street — in what may be one of his last pieces in a larger assemblage in Downtown Miami. Now, Mana has amassed 70,500 SF along Flagler Street sandwiched between South Miami Avenue and Southeast First Avenue.
THE NEXT MIAMI
Moishe Mana is “near completion on his downtown assemblage” after purchasing another property for $4 million, according to a press release.
Mana now controls nearly 9 acres, the threshold for a SAP under Miami 21.
SOUTH FL UNIQUE HOMES
A city of Miami design board approved new plans for Miami Worldcenter, developer Moishe Mana’s micro-living apartment tower, and plans for a new Wynwood apartment building at a meeting on Monday.
Florida International University’s arts program will have a home in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood starting next year, funded by a donation worth $10 million from developer Moishe Mana. The program will be known as FIU CARTA (College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts) @ Mana Wynwood.
Moishe Mana arrived in New York from Israel in the 1980s and turned his “man with a van” delivery gig into one of the city’s great moving and storage companies. Trucks bearing the Moishe’s Moving name rumbled everywhere on Manhattan streets.
THE ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER
Miami’s Urban Design Review Board (UDRB) approved a micro-living apartment tower with no parking from entrepreneur and developer Moishe Mana and Zyscovich Architects. The design was approved by the city’s Urban Design Review Board this morning along with the Miami Worldcenter plan, a 10-block, 30-acre development led by Elkus Manfredi architects. The Worldcenter’s blueprints were approved despite general concerns over landscaping and architecture.
THE REAL DEAL
New York investors interested in Miami are making a beeline for one square mile in Downtown.
Over the past two years, New Yorkers have spent at least $586.5 million on property concentrated between the Miami River to Northeast Sixth Street and east of I-95 to Biscayne Bayin, according to research done by Mika Mattingly, a broker with Sterling Equity Commercial.
MIAMI NEW TIMES
When the late developer Tony Goldman first set his sights on Wynwood, he imagined turning the sleepy industrial district into an arts-friendly neighborhood. Existing low-rise warehouses would be converted into everything from restaurants and art galleries to office space with colorful street art on their exteriors. Take a look around, and you’ll see that vision has been realized.
Mana Contemporary opened in Jersey City at 888 Newark Avenue in 2011, but until a recent visit on a Thursday afternoon, when and how the public could gain access remained a little mysterious. Founded by moving company magnate Moishe Mana, the arts center is only open Monday through Friday for complimentary tours at 11 am and 3 pm.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. Moving-company and arts mogul Moishe Mana’s grand but hazy vision for his extensive holdings in Miami’s mushrooming Wynwood district, which calls for a mini-city built around “culture,” starts to solidfy once you see his sprawling Mana Contemporary art center in this once-forsaken industrial town.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
A year after its opening, the Mana Contemporary arts complex, on 35 acres here, remains largely unknown to the artgoing public. So does the man for whom it’s named.
“So Moishe’s the man with a van and a plan?” asked Lisa Dennison, the chairwoman of Sotheby’s North and South America, who was impressed by the ambition of the space on a recent visit.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
JERSEY CITY — MANA Contemporary might be one of the art world’s best-kept secrets. From the outside, at the moment, it looks like what its shell actually is: a cluster of warehouse and factory buildings left over from a grimy industrial age, tucked into the heart of this city.
“Originally, I was a mover of art,” said Moishe Mana, “but today art is moving me. I’m committed to it, and I love it.” So said the Mana Contemporary founder at an impromptu speech during a dinner celebrating the art center’s new Miami exhibitions.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Behind heavy metal doors at an old tobacco factory on Newark Avenue in Jersey City, portraits by the artist Chuck Close—of Hillary Clinton, of the composer Philip Glass—hang on pristine white walls.
In the run-up to the hotly-contested November election, billionaire art collector Moishe Mana is hosting a private auction to benefit Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Taking place on October 22 at the private residence of economist Nouriel Roubini and co-hosted by National Finance Committee member Laetitia Garriott, the auction is expected to generate a six-figure sum.