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ICYMI, YOU SHOULD BE #ONLINCOLN.
Lincoln Road’s that spot that’s always been there, and maybe as a local, it sometimes falls off your radar. But, like everywhere else in Miami these days, Lincoln Road is on the move.
Besides shopping, and great people watching, it’s got some great places to eat (just skip the folks pushing menus in your face) and some good drink specials to enjoy day and night. With newcomers like Miami New Drama and stalwarts like Art Center South Florida on the scene, the cultural game is top notch. And there’s yoga, “yappy hour,” and a farmers market rounding things out.
Got you itching to head back? Peep the whole Lincoln Road guide here.
Did we miss your favorite spot? Just hit reply to this email and send us your suggestion.
🎭 Attention performing artists: The Knight Foundation has just announced a new grant to support “bold, groundbreaking works of dance, theater, and music to premiere in Miami.” Called Knight New Work Miami, it’s open to local performing arts organizations, artists with a connection to the city, and artists from outside Miami who are partnering with local organizations. Find out more info here.
🚆Got thoughts on transit? Miami-Dade County wants to hear them. They have an anonymous survey going around to solicit feedback, which you can find here.
Got an opportunity, workshop, scholarship, grant, etc. you want other curious locals to know about? Hit us up at [email protected] to have it listed here.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
#KeepFamiliesTogether. Hundreds turned out on Saturday for a protest march to the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, where about 1,200 migrant children are being held. About 70 of them are children recently separated from their parents at the border. Protesters chanted, “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!” and “Abolish ICE!”, leaving stuffed animals behind at the gate before a massive thunderstorm rolled in and soaked the rally, which went on anyways. (Miami Herald)
Sneak peek. Miami Herald reporters toured the detention center – the second largest of its kind in the U.S. – and got a peek at the facilities and the daily life of the children. So did several federal-level politicians, but not their state and local counterparts. Those politicians revealed that at least 10 children under the age of five are being held in local “tender age shelters.” (Miami Herald)
It’s complicated. Depending on who you ask, the City of Miami’s newest partnership is either a step toward a safer city, or a step toward more racial profiling. “Neighbors” is a social network that allows neighbors to share videos and photos of things they consider suspicious. Now, City of Miami police will be checking the app too – which is great, unless a neighbor assumes that someone with a different skin color is inherently suspicious, which already happened in Little Havana before the partnership launched. (WLRN, Miami New Times)
Small victories. Little Haiti’s steady march toward gentrification often seems like an impossible battle to fight, but last week residents forced a delay on Eastside Ridge, a massive redevelopment of Design Place. It’s only a delay, and there are several more large-scale developments coming up behind it, but residents hope that with the additional time, they can push the developer to provide more community benefits and guarantees that residents won’t be displaced. (Miami Herald)
Thumbs up. Moody’s credit rating agency gave Florida a thumbs up this week when it upgraded us to its highest credit rating, citing our strong economy and our ability to recover from “severe weather events,” a.k.a. hurricanes. That’s a big deal because Florida’s credit rating determines interest rates when the state has to take on debt for things like major infrastructure projects, and lots of folks are worried that sea level rise risk and our vulnerability to stronger hurricanes will knock our rating down. So far, this Moody’s decision says, we’ve got this. (Miami Herald)
RIP. Last week, Miami’s hospitality community gathered to mourn the loss of John Lermayer, one of the 305’s most beloved and revered bartenders and the founder of Sweet Liberty, which went on to be ranked one of the best bars in the U.S. He was found dead in his apartment earlier this month. Lermayer was such a tremendous force in the community that the City of Miami Beach officially declared June 21 an annual holiday in his honor. (Miami New Times)
Compassion wins. The City of Miami Beach gives bus vouchers to homeless residents who are trying to go join a family member or friend elsewhere, but many of them end up stuck here, trapped by court fees that they incur from living on the streets. Until recently, they couldn’t get a bus voucher until they paid up, so most of them just never got out. But Miami Beach is trying a policy change: now, with a judge’s permission, homeless residents can get one bus voucher despite their unpaid fees, as long as they can get proof that someone on the other end of the bus trip is willing to help them. (Miami Herald)
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
⚽ Multiple dates through 7/15: World Cup Viewing at Charcoal beer garden + tapas pop-up (Wynwood)
🖼 Tuesday, June 26: Enjoy some food, drink and music while bidding on art (Miami Beach)
📽Friday, June 29: Check out a vintage Japanese gangster film at O Cinema (Wynwood)
🔬Saturday, June 30: Have some summer fun with the kiddos at the Yard (Wynwood)
🗣Saturday, June 30: Hear from legendary poets at the Maroon Poetry Festival (Liberty City)
MONDAY, JUNE 25
📈Learn how to scale your company (Wynwood)
🏛Take a walking tour of Miami Beach’s Art Deco history (Miami Beach)
🤓Test your random knowledge at Bar Nancy’s trivia night (Little Havana)
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
🎨 Discuss how art can help dismantle racial inequality (Allapattah)
🎧 Get down with other recordheads at Terrestrial Funk (Wynwood)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
🍳 Experience the future of cooking (Wynwood)
🛶 Paddle under the full moon (Key Biscayne)
🎤 Sample cocktails and opera on Española Way (South Beach)
📽 Catch a screening of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Miami Shores)
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
🎸Jam at a pop-up barbecue (Brickell)
🍷 Learn all about vino on this wine walk (Coral Gables)
🧘 Meditate at Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)
🎹 Dance it out with Afrobeta (Wynwood)
FRIDAY, JUNE 29
👞 Mr. Rogers documentary opens (Wynwood)
🎧 Jam with some of SoFlo’s best beatmakers (Liberty City)
🍺 Pick up trash and pub crawl (Wynwood)
🎷 Enjoy some jazz at the Historic Hampton House (Liberty City)
🍹 Party after hours at The Bass (South Beach)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with New Tropic membership.
THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY
But if we learned anything this weekend, it’s that it is 100 percent summer out there now. So this list of things to do when it’s way too hot out is super handy. We’re bookmarking it for next weekend.
– The New Tropic