History

Lost Restaurants of Miami: Part IV

THE GREAT STEAK HOUSES By Seth H. Bramson The memories of not only the great years of grand and glorious dining — as well as of the wonderful places with all the happy memories connected to and with them — just keep roaring back, and with our discussions of the earlier years and some of […]

/ November 2, 2022


Greater Miami’s Native American history

Outside of their reservations, today the legacy of Greater Miami’s indigenous peoples primarily lives on in our place names. “Miami” itself comes from the word mayaimi (primarily credited to the Calusa) meaning “big water.” (Dade, by the way, is the surname of Major Francis L. Dade, who fought and was killed in the “second” of the Seminole […]

/ October 7, 2022


Lost Restaurants of Miami: Part III

By Seth H. Bramson As noted previously, the food and beverage business’ history in this area actually goes back to pre-1900, and in our first two installments (Read Part I and Part II) we brought the story up to the late 1920’s. Although the Great Depression occurred in 1929, and “the five terrible events” which […]

/ October 5, 2022


A Miami Q&A with Neil deGrasse Tyson

  📷 Photo credit: Amazon.com Interview lightly edited for brevity and clarity What are your first impressions of the Magic City? “All I can think of when I see the streets and the buildings and the shoreline is Miami Vice. I’m looking at the waterways that come through the city here and I’m fascinated.” On […]

/ October 4, 2022


Lost Restaurants of Greater Miami: Part II

By Seth H. Bramson The growth of Greater Miami was nothing short of phenomenal, beginning almost immediately following World War I, and it was that growth that brought about the great Florida “boom” of the early to mid-1920s. In retrospect, most American historians now recognize and agree that the tremendous American boom of the twenties […]

/ September 1, 2022


Remembering Hurricane Andrew, 30 years later

Hurricane Andrew memories are everywhere as we mark 25 years since the Category 5 hurricane made landfall in south Miami-Dade. We talked to Bryan Norcross and longtime residents about that night.

/ August 23, 2022


Lost Restaurants of Greater Miami: Part I

By Seth H. Bramson, Barry University Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence, Florida East Coast Railway Company Historian, and author of more than 30 books on Florida history. When Arcadia and The History Press asked me to write the book as part of their “Lost Restaurants” series, I was limited to 120 images, […]

/ August 3, 2022


Big history of Little Haiti

To know Little Haiti, you need to look further than Miami. From a group of slaves overthrowing their masters to form a new country, to community leaders coming together to form a new neighborhood, Little Haiti’s roots stretch way back.

/ May 15, 2022


Celebrate Kwanzaa — South Florida-style — at The Spady

This content is sponsored by the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum in Delray Beach.  No, Kwanzaa is not a Black Christmas. And even though there are candles involved, it’s not a Black Chanukah either.  Kwanzaa is a week-long, annual celebration held in the United States and other nations of the African diaspora to honor African heritage and […]

/ December 15, 2021


Miami Dade College’s Fermin Vazquez shares how the school changed his life and empowers students

Today is the last installment of The New Tropic’s #ThrowbackThursday series spotlighting Miami Dade College. Today we’re throwing it back to just a few days ago for I AM MDC Day, which took place this past Monday. Every year on September 6, the college commemorates its opening in 1960 and invites Miamians to make a […]

/ September 8, 2021