Editor Chuck Strouse announced today that the paper is moving from its present location at 2800 Biscayne Boulevard to a building a mile north at 4500 Biscayne.
"After more than 15 years at the same joint, Miami New Times is moving next week. It's not a big change. We are just rolling our stuff a mile north to a pretty little building at 4500 Biscayne Blvd., where we will occupy the second floor.However, in an exclusive interview with Random Pixels, Strouse said the move to to the 4500 Biscayne Blvd. address affects only the New Times sales staff.
"The space is larger than our current operation at 2800 Biscayne. Technology will be a bigger part of the new place, with flat-screen TV sets everywhere and website numbers raining down upon us."
"The editorial staff is moving to a newly remodeled mansion near the Venetian Causeway," said Strouse.
"The mansion," Strouse told me, "had been used as a location for high-end porn films for the past year. They stopped shooting there six months ago and the owner made us an offer we couldn't refuse."
"The mansion is a perfect fit for us," says Strouse. "Producing pornography and journalism involve very similar processes."
Strouse said the paper's distinctive logo will grace the top of the mansion. "It won't be gawdy or garish," said Strouse. "It will be very classy, just like everything we do at New Times."
Strouse continues: "We've renovated the interior to look like a top-tier strip club. We chose a decor that brings us more closely in line with our advertisers and our paper's core values."
Strouse will edit the paper and conduct business from a 1,500 square foot bedroom/office.
"I got the inspiration from Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner," says Strouse. "Hef never left his bedroom for the first 10 or 15 years following the founding of Playboy. In that sense, Hef and I are alike; all my best work is done in the bedroom."
Strouse told me the paper's editorial meetings will be held in a space that's been designed to look like a gentlemen's club VIP champagne room. "It will be a fully functioning newsroom by day and at night we'll use it to party."
"We're very excited about the move," said Strouse. "We believe the new, relaxed atmosphere will allow us to continue to produce the quality journalism that Miami has come to expect from us for all these years."