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Welp *|FNAME|*, the Marlins season is officially, underwhelmingly underway. Luckily, even if we’re not winning, there are still all these reasons that it’s great to be a fish fan, according to you. (Not for the Marlins Man, tho. He’s over it.)
Plus, while we may not have a winning baseball team, at least we’ve got views like these, even on the cloudy days… 👇
Mother nature put on quite a show yesterday morning (📷 @azirulnick)
FREE YOUR MIND
When you think about health and wellness treatments, visiting a psychic may not be the most obvious choice. But Erica Korman – a psychotherapist turned psychic medium – is trying to change that. She says her practice helps people with their “health, emotional and spiritual” wellbeing.
So we decided to give it a shot. Erica connected him with some relatives who have passed and gave him some tips on how to keep his spiritual energy positive, and get closure on some family and relationship issues. 😯 (Catch the full session on our Instagram stories.)
P.S. If you want to check out our experiences with other uncommon and offbeat wellness treatments – standing in a cryogenic chamber, learning about stem cell treatment and mastering meditation with mind-sensing headbands– check out the Instagram stories highlighted on our profile.
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Plus, we’ve got your latest opportunity to make Miami better: the Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge. Every year they award $350,000 to projects that create, improve, and activate public spaces, and the applications open next week.
Need a little inspo? Meet Ileana Collazo, one of the past winners. She used her cash to install wooden benches and hand-painted flower pots to liven up Little Havana’s streets.
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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
McKayla is not impressed. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is back from his field trip to China to check out their fancy bus rapid transit system. A couple months ago, he pointed to those “trackless trains” as the future of transit and said Miami-Dade County should focus on that instead of more rail. But now that he’s seen the prototype, his take is more “meh.” “All they did was put rubber wheels where a train track would go,” he said after seeing it. (Miami Herald)
Phew. If you’ve ever tried to pull a permit to change your home, you know what a pain in the neck it can be. The City of Miami is ready to doing something about it. Beginning April 9, employees will be the ones running permits for many key types of projects through multiple departments, not the property owners, and they say that’s going to be a major time saver. (Miami Herald)
O’Kelly’s? Really? The U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo has exactly one Cuban item on the menu at its many food spots: a Cuban sandwich, served at the Irish pub O’Kelly’s. A Miami Herald reporter tried it, and says it’s no bueno. (Miami.com)
Shady? Distressed buildings often hurt property values and leach pollutants into the ground, so anti-blight programs to improve them are usually seen as a good thing. But sometimes they’re actually used to clear the way for new development in gentrifying areas, and this Liberty City family says that’s what’s happening to the home they’ve owned since the 1940s. (Miami New Times)
The long road ahead. Miami-Dade’s scars from Hurricane Irma have mostly healed, other than a few less-shady streets. But down in the Middle Keys, daily life is still very far from normal. Residents are still waiting on an endless array of permits to fix everything from walls to electrical wiring that were damaged when the Category 4 storm slammed into their homes. (WLRN)
‘I’M SORRY I THREW ROCKS AT YOU THAT DAY’
Wes Anderson fans, listen up. His latest movie, Isle of Dogs, opens on April 6, and O Cinema Wynwood is celebrating by bringing his best films back to the big screen for a week, starting tonight. Peep the whole schedule here, from the Royal Tenenbaums to Moonrise Kingdom. Plus, we’ve got a fun little discount code for the April 9-12 "Isle of Dogs" screenings. Use “newtropic” for $2 off.
🍺 Enjoy beer, bourbon, burgers and blues at the Biltmore (Coral Gables)
🎤 Big Freedia comes to Churchill’s (Little Haiti)
🎷 Catch some jazz at the Historic Hampton House (Brownsville)
🤔 Close the week out with some trivia (Coconut Grove)
✍ Explore Downtown by sketchbook (Downtown)
🎵 Buy all the records at the Miami Record Fair (Wynwood)
🌕 Meditate on the beach under the full moon (South Beach)
🚴 Get on a bike and learn Coconut Grove history (Coconut Grove)
🎞 Take it back with a 35mm screening of “Alien” (Coral Gables)
🎞 Catch April Fool’s Day on April Fool’s (Design District)
📗 Scope some zines at the West Kendall Zine Fest (Kendall)
❤ Get scientific about your love life (Allapattah)
🔥 Get inspired at a fireside chat with FIGS (Allapattah)
Are you hitting up one of these events? Tag us in your pics with @thenewtropic.
THAT’S ALL FOR THE WEEK.
Have a great weekend, and we’ll catch you Monday. 👋