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It is pretty easy to take living in Miami for granted for all of the reasons we already know: great beaches, great food, and weather, plus dozens of other gems that make Miami so unique.

We consider New World Symphony (NWS) one of those gems. Through its programming, the cultural laboratory continues to push the musical and visual experiences for their up-and-coming musician Fellows and guests.

Here are four interesting facts about NWS:

  • NWS does stay true to some of the classics that you think of when you talk about symphonies (i.e. Beethoven). They also have concerts that are way outside the box, like these:
    • WALLCAST® concert, presented by Citi: A concert that is projected on the 7,000-sq- ft. outside wall of the New World Center facing SoundScape Park. Concertgoers can stop by, picnic outside with friends & family and enjoy the sights and sounds of New World Symphony. Think backyard party meets free classical music.
    • Pulse: Considered one of the best musical experiences in the city, Pulse: Late Night at New World Symphony brings together DJs and a club vibe with a symphonic twist. Think orchestra meets LIV.
    • Face Off: Battle of the Instruments. A unique experience where you get to be a judge and decide which instrument wins. Think American Idol meets orchestra.
  • Crop tops and v-neck t-shirts have replaced cellos and violins at NWS’s original home on Lincoln Road. H&M now has the space, the Lincoln Theatre.
  • A home for its emerging musician Fellows, NWS has helped launch the careers of 1000+ musicians in its 31 years of existence.
  • Their season starts Oct. 20th and 21st! You can get your tickets (and check out their upcoming calendar) here.

Oops. In yesterday’s newsletter, we included an update on the Avenue 3 project in Downtown, but neglected to link out to the full piece that detailed all of the partners involved in the project: Miami-Dade Transportation Quick-Build Program, the Street Plans Collaborative, and the Green Mobility Network. We also corrected some details on new laws approved by the City of Miami commission. You can find that over on our website.

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Michael’s path. Meteorologists are still trying to wrap their heads around how and why Hurricane Michael became so destructive. Their early findings show that colder air that would’ve made it south from the Arctic Ocean instead stayed trapped up north, leading to a much warmer Gulf that allowed Michael to strengthen rapidly as it barrelled toward the coast. (Tallahassee Democrat)

Slow it down. A major reason for the construction on the Macarthur Causeway is corrosion caused by saltwater shooting up from Jet Skis as they speed underneath. Now, in the interest of preventing another traffic apocalypse, Miami Beach commissioners are looking to crackdown on speedboats and personal watercraft. They’re considering creating 5 mph slow zones around nine bridges and the Macarthur, Julia Tuttle, and Venetian Causeways. (Miami Herald)

Bonbons on the black market? Services like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are pretty established places to score a cheap couch or bookshelf, but in Miami they’ve also turned into a place to find some great homemade baked goods. Those services and others like OfferUp feature plenty of people selling flan, cakes, and more. It’s technically against the rules to sell food on most of the sites, but we won’t tell if you don’t. (Miami.com)

Beach, don’t kill my vibe. Miami Beach can still comfortably boast about its beaches and draw tourists to the sand, but local leaders and businesses say visitors aren’t actually spending their dollars in the city, and are instead heading to newer hotspots like Wynwood and the Design District to eat and party. On top of that, longtime locals say rising property costs and stricter building standards have stalled out new businesses or forced smaller shops to close. City leaders hope that development in North Beach and other parts of the city will bring back some of those shoppers. (Miami Herald)

Next man up. Gov. Rick Scott won’t be able to appoint new Florida Supreme Court justices before his departure from the capitol, the court ruled on Monday. The decision paves the way for the next governor to dramatically reshape the makeup of the court, raising the stakes even more in the race between Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis. (AP via Tampa Bay Times)

No safe zone. Overtown and nearby neighborhoods have become the epicenter of South Florida’s opioid crisis, and that means that several neighborhood schools are, too. Parents, school officials, and advocates for the homeless are struggling to find a solution to shield children from the epidemic, which has left school properties riddled with needles and other drug debris. Meanwhile, the City of Miami is making plans to clean up the area by moving homeless individuals into shelters and addicts into treatment facilities. (Miami Herald)

Check out this event from our advertiser, CREATIVE TIME.

💡 THE CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT COMES TO MIAMI, NOV 1 - 3 A 3-day convening of thinkers, dreamers and doers working at the intersection of art and social justice - films, performance, presentations and more!

Our Partner Events

🦀Tuesday through Saturday: Kick off stone crab season with South Beach Seafood Festival, an epic week of pop-up cafes, fresh seafood, open bars, live music, culinary demonstrations, and more (Miami Beach)

🍹Thursday: Chill at Charcoal’s Tiki Thursdays (Wynwood)

✊🏿Friday: Learn how black politicians transformed Atlanta at the Black Lounge Film Series screening of MAYNARD (Overtown)

🎃 Saturday: Get in some adorable dog watching at our Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest (South Beach)

🧘Monday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 11: Check out the Cushion Crawl challenge (it’s like a Pub Crawl, but for 21 days of Mindfulness (Multiple Locations)


Want to partner with us? Here’s how that works.


✊Talk about art’s role in social change (Wynwood)

💰Get some pro tips from construction management startup e-Builder at Brainfood (Wynwood)

🎶Feel good at Freedom Sessions with the BLCK Family and J Howard (Allapattah)

✍️Pitch your ideas for the O, Miami Poetry Festival (Wynwood)

🗣️CANCELED: Watch the first gubernatorial debate between Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis – canceled because of Hurricane Michael (Wynwood)


🎞️Catch “Young Frankenstein” on the big screen (Brickell)

📚Marcus Zusak, author of “The Book Thief,” talks about his new book (Coral Gables)

🎷Groove at the Yard with Aaron Lebos (Wynwood)


🙉Explore the sexuality of music, and the censors “trying to ruin all the fun” (South Beach)

🇵🇷Catch a doc exploring life in Puerto Rico after Maria (Sweetwater)

🎸Get pumped for Pulse! with some Latin beats (South Beach)


🌆Learn all about the Art Deco movement at the Wolfsonian’s new exhibit (South Beach)

🎸Catch a Green Day vs Offspring 90s battle at the Frost Science laser show (Downtown)

🎸Groove with PALO! at Ball and Chain (Little Havana)

🎷Enjoy the Miami Symphony Orchestra under the stars (Design District)

😱Get spooked at SoFlo’s largest haunted house – through Nov. 3 (Doral)


🏎️Feel the need for speed at the F1 Miami Festival (Downtown)

👻Go on a ghost hunt at Deering Estate (Cutler Bay)

🌊Celebrate Biscayne Bay at Bay Day 2018 (Coconut Grove)

🧘Join a big, life-affirming pre-sunrise yoga and dance party (Upper East Side)

🦀Nom on all the seafood at the South Florida Seafood Festival – through Sunday (Key Biscayne)

☁️Look up at the kite festival – through Sunday (Bal Harbor)

🍺Kick back with some brews and tunes at the annual Backyard Bash (Cutler Bay)

🧘Get mindful and save our ocean at the Ahana High Tide Festival (Design District)

🎷Enjoy some jazz at the Yard (Wynwood)

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 a New Tropic membership.


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