This is our latest rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week, in Orlando’s Bungalow Neighborhood news, and some bonus headlines you may have missed.
Click HERE to listen to the latest episode of “Bungalower and The Bus” on Real Radio 104.1 which was recorded at TownePlace Suites with the SoDo District leadership team to chat about some upcoming events they’re hosting. Or catch up on one of your favorite podcast platforms. Or just click play on the button below.
TOP TEN HEADLINES:
- While we await the apointment of a new Nighttime Economy Manager for the Downtown Business District, it appears as if all of the public programs created by the original “Night Mayor” have all but disappeared.
- You’ve seen the beautiful views from Church Street’s high rise AC Hotel and Sky Bar, now its sister tower is ramping up to be built on the current site of Ballroom at Church Street and we have the renderings.
- The historic Veranda at Thornton Park property is for sale and we made a whole Pinterest Board of ideas for the next owner.
- The Immersive Van Gogh event has been postponed but we now know that its “historic venue in the heart of downtown Orlando” is in fact, the Orange County Convention Center. They still need to sign the lease though.
- The Pet Alliance has seen record-breaking numbers of donations since its Conroy shelter was burned down last month and it’s accelerating the timetable for their new home, but they’re still looking for a long-term/temporary home until its built.
- A local donut shop is offering Halloween-themed delivery services with someone dressed as Pennywise the clown from Stephen King’s “It.”
- The SoDo Main Street just hired a new executive director and it’s Misty Heath, our Direcor of Public Partnerships here at Bungalower Media.
- “Orlando will bid for 2026 World Pride.” – Click Orlando
- “Here’s where Orlando ranks among the best foodie cities in the US.” – Click Orlando
- “Orlando Pride continue anti-harassment protests in Gotham match.” – Orlando Sentinel
ICYMI – (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT):
- “11 Questions with Michael and Megan Wenrich.” – Bungalower
- “Skycraft Surplus moves into new location on Edgewater Drive.” – Bungalower
- “Se7enbites installs new Guy Fieri mural.” – Bungalower
- “Shawn Welcome names as Orlando’s second Poet Laureate.” – Bungalower
- “‘Nothing but love and support’: Orlando ‘Come Out with Pride’ parade draws thousands to Downtown Orlando.” – FOX 35
- “Dezerland plans 365-unit expansion to I-Drive apartment complex.” – Orlando Business Journal
- “I-Drive tourism coalition calls Brightline’s debated path a ‘threat’ to the community.” – Orlando Business Journal
- “Florida Ag Commissioner asks that manatees return to ‘endangered’ status.” – Orlando Weekly
- “Orlando YIMBYs are bringing attention to area’s housing crisis.” – Orlando Weekly
- “Rats off to Orlando: City is second most rodent-infested in Florida.” – Orlando Weekly
- “‘Top Chef’ winner Richard Blais opening Orlando restaurant in former home of Hemingway’s.” – Orlando Weekly
- “How the swans at Lake Eola became an iconic piece of Orlando.” – Spectrum New 13
Aloha! Treat yo’self. Feelin’ sporty?
Looking to turn up new adventures downtown? Say “aloha” to exotic DTO experiences with a Spam-tastic dinner at The 808, catch a wave of karaoke at Aloha Beautiful, or sip flaming tiki drinks at Aku Aku. Time to treat yo’self? Find your inner light at the Artifact Candle Foundry, transform your tresses at Blo Blow Dry Bar, and enjoy cocktails over a fluorescent sunset at AC Sky Bar. And if you’re feelin’ sporty, you’ll find pucks, goals, and dribbles galore. Check out this “choose your adventure” feature that curates three unique experiences HERE.
- “How France turned the humble roundaout into a showcase for art.” – Bloomberg CityLab
- “How Singapore’s $50 billion Financial District will change after COVID-19.” – Bloomberg CityLab
- “Photographer enjoys a 10-day train ride across europe by snapping incredible pictures.” – My Modern Met
- “Venice, overwhelmed by tourists, tries tracking them.” – The New York Times
- “Economics in Brief: New York City libraries eliminate late fees.” – Next City
- “What makes a radically equitable city?” – Next City
- “Indonesian activists build museum out of 10,000 items of plastic waste.” – The Washington Post
HOT EVENTS THIS WEEK:
- Monday 10/11: Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch (SoDo)
- Monday 10/11: Bungalower Buddy Key Party – Hungry Pants – SOLD OUT (SoDo)
- Tuesday 10/12: Pumpkin Painting Party (Ivahoe)
- Thursday 10/14: Swizzle and Sizzle (SoDo)
- Thursday 10/14: Table Talk (Orlando)
- Thursday 10/14: Popcorn Flicks – The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Maitland)
- Friday 10/15: Immerse Festival Orlando (Downtown)
- Friday 10/15: Orlando Mixtape (Downtown)