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HEY LANCE.

Today’s his first day on the team. He’s a Miami native, born and raised in Miami Gardens, and he’s been killing it over at The Miami Herald for the last few years.

We’re excited to have him and his love of #NBATwitter, making Spotify playlists, and Cuban coffee on our team. Hit him up on Twitter and Instagram or at [email protected] with story ideas and tips on coffee shops and bars that play more than just J Balvin.

There’s more on his new gig and what that means for The New Tropic here.

WINTER SURVIVAL 101

Yesterday we asked how you’re staying cozy, or making the most of the chill. Some of our fave suggestions were:

  • Eating sancocho
  • Wearing a beanie to your ventanita
  • Eating shaved ice, because it won’t melt in five seconds
  • Drinking hot chocolate spiked with rum
  • Eating churros and chocolate

Find them all and share your own here. P.S. We wouldn’t turn down a churro delivery.

WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Crackdown. South Beach has always been a little on the wild and lawless side, but the city is making moves to put an end to that. The latest plan: cracking down on nuisance crimes like drinking in public and being in public parks after hours – aka “quality of life” laws. (Miami Herald)

PSA. The iguanas falling out of trees in your neighborhood probably aren’t dead – and with every generation, more of them will survive these cold snaps. (New York Times)

The results are in. Curbed’s 2017 neighborhood of the year is Brickell, beating out Downtown in the finals. Peep our Brickell neighborhood guide for tips on what to do there.

Gamechanger. It’s been a wild two years for The Wynwood Yard, Miami’s first culinary incubator – including a Zika scare. But pop into the lot on NW 29th Street any night of the week and you’ll find it packed with people jamming to the musical act of the night and feasting at one of the food trucks. Here’s the story of the Yard’s journey and what’s up next: a North Beach Yard. (Miami New Times)

Oh hey. 👋  The Knight Foundation announced its new Miami program director: Raul Moas, previously the managing director over at the local angel investor network AGP. Matt Haggman left the job last year to run for Congress. Learn more about Raul here. (Knight Foundation)

A piece of history. The Macy’s in Downtown, which began as a Burdine’s in 1898 (yep, Miami existed back then), is closing up shop – the latest sign of how much retail is struggling in 2017. Big clearance sales will begin on Jan. 8, so head down there to say goodbye to an icon and get some deals. (Miami Herald)

Denied. Think twice before you Venmo your friend for that Cuban sandwich with the word “Cuba” – you might end up with a frozen account. Venmo’s been freezing those transactions and asking for explanations to make sure you’re not violating the U.S. embargo on Cuba on its turf. (Miami Herald)

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EVENTS

AROUND TOWN

🌃 1/5: Giralda Under the Stars (Coral Gables)

⚡ 1/5: Laser Fridays at Frost Science (Downtown)

🙏 1/6: YogaRefresh2018 (South Beach)

☕ 1/7: “Call Me by Your Name” Queer Brunch (North Beach)

🛶 1/7: Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour (Coral Gables)

🙏 1/8: 21-day Meditation Challenge (Upper East Side)

🗣️ 1/9: The MOTH: Miami StorySLAM (Downtown)

🌱 1/10: Project: One Meal, Five Vegan Ecosystems (Wynwood)

🌊 1/10: Miami is Not Plastic Launch Event (Key Biscayne)

🎸 1/10: Veza Sur Unplugged

📚 1/11: An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Downtown)

🎺 1/11: The French Horn at Dance Band Night (North Beach)

✡️ 1/11-1/25: Miami Jewish Film Festival (Multiple locations)

PRO TIP.

We know it’s cold AF, but 53 percent of you said in our Instagram poll that posting a screenshot of your weather app is “so extra,” so maybe skip that today and post a picture of Knaus Berry Farm’s new cinnamon roll milkshake instead. 🤤