History

Jai-alai 101: where it came from and how to watch it

Jai-alai used to draw crowds of 15,000 in Miami. But today it’s usually just a few people watching players hurl pelotas at more than 100 miles per hour.

/ April 17, 2017


Liberty City: From a middle-class black mecca to forgotten

“Moonlight” introduced the world to the Liberty City of the 1980s. But that’s only a piece of its story.

/ March 13, 2017


‘White sand, black beach’: The black history of Virginia Key

A wade-in by de-segregationists in 1945 pushed Dade County to finally give the local black community access to the ocean, long off-limits because of segregation laws.

/ February 12, 2017


Valencia Gunder is posting one black history fact a day on Facebook

She’s been doing #28DaysofBlackHistory for seven years now, and all the posts are public so you can read them as well.

/ February 8, 2017


Miami and Florida’s Black history

The New Tropic’s archives are full of stories about how African-Americans, Bahamians, and Haitians have shaped the city we live in today. In honor of Black History Month, we’ve gathered it all together in one place. Poke around a little: you’ll probably learn something fascinating about the history of the Magic City.    

/ February 6, 2017


How house music came to Miami (It was way before Ultra)

Back in the 1980s, when South Beach was basically a retirement community full of cheap real estate, these two guys were driving around playing house music out of a truck. Then came the Winter Music Conference.

/ January 9, 2017


How Mi Burrito Sabanero became Miami’s ultimate Christmas jam

Tuki, tuki, tuki, tuki, tuki, tukita.

/ December 26, 2016


A brief history of South Dade

Driving south from Downtown Miami towards the Everglades, the landscape transforms from a concrete jungle to a lush, pastoral expanse. Explore the area’s long history, tracing its incredible transformation from a marshy mosquito-filled wilderness to a thriving agricultural community.

/ December 11, 2016


South Dade History

South Dade transformed from a marshy mosquito-filled wilderness into a thriving agricultural community in a century, then rebounded from a devastating hurricane.

/ December 11, 2016


You’re dining with the dead at Joe’s Stone Crab

There are bodies buried at Joe’s Stone Crab — and we’re not talking crustaceans.

/ October 30, 2016