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What Miami is talking about

It’s been another busy week when it comes to immigration news. On Monday, the Trump administration announced a policy change that would make it tougher for immigrants to get visas and green cards if they’ve received federal benefits like food stamps or housing vouchers.

Studies have shown that the policy change could impact millions of Floridians, including hundreds of thousands of children.

And speaking of children, this week also brought the news that the essentially vacant Homestead detention center for unaccompanied minors could be reopening as soon as October or November after all the kids there were relocated a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, as these federal plans continue to impact SoFla, the Miami-Dade police department isn’t cooperating with a program created through a new state law. The agency hasn’t signed on to the Warrant Service Officers program, which was created after lawmakers approved a ban on “sanctuary cities” in Florida (even though none exist here).

In other news…

Some local governments are steaming mad about Styrofoam. An appeals court ruling this week upheld a state law that keeps cities and counties from regulating polystyrene products. It’s the latest action in a long legal fight between Coral Gables and the Florida Retail Federation after the city approved a ban on certain businesses using the products in 2016. (Miami Herald)

Jared Kushner’s family could be building something big on Biscayne. The Kushner Company filed plans with the Federal Aviation Administration ahead of the groundbreaking on a 400-foot-tall, $550 million apartment tower in Edgewater. The building is set to start construction in October. (The Next Miami, Miami New Times)

And here’s a feel good Friday story. It’s all about Jeff Fogel, a North Miami Beach coach who has continued to provide instruction and inspiration to kids at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC as he lives with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He’s coached flag football and basketball over the years and calls himself a “warrior.” (People)

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Today’s how-to: Explore these 7 spots in Pinecrest

Pinecrest is full of tasty treasures. The area is home to nitrogen ice cream, freshly-baked muffins, and super legit New York-style pizza. Pro tip: You’ll definitely want to bring along a hungry friend or two for this adventure.

Check out our list of the seven essential foodie spots to explore in Pinecrest.

Most of our suggested stops are a short walk from the Dadeland South Station, where the South Dade Transitway begins and heads south to Florida City. 

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Things to do

Around town


🎸 Jam to Little Jesus and Jaialai at 1306 (Downtown)

🎥 Watch a screening of “The Farewell” at the Tower Theater – through Sunday (Little Havana)

🎶 Catch Umphrey’s McGee and Magic City Hippies at the Fillmore (South Beach)


🐶 Adopt a kitty or pup at this Clear the Shelters event (Doral)

🍺 Celebrate Veza Sur’s second birthday with some brews (Wynwood)

🎵 Jam to Khalid live at the AmericanAirlines Arena (Downtown)

😂 Laugh and salute four years of Villain Theater at this show and after party (Little Haiti)

🍻 Toast six years of Wynwood Brewery at their anniversary party (Wynwood)


🛍️ Shop local artisan crafts at the New Yorker Market (Upper East Side)

🌱 Listen to an experimental plant concert put on by local artists (Little Haiti)

👨‍🎤 Watch incredible drag performances at Counter Corner (Downtown)

🐶 Bring your pup to this meetup at Nightlife Brewing Company (Little Havana)


📖 Make a handcrafted book at this Altered Books workshop (Coconut Grove)

🗣️ Discuss the findings of the Black Census Project at this town hall (Model City)

🤓 Bring your amigos to this “Friends” trivia night (Wynwood)

😋 Eat a veggie BBQ farm-to-table meal by Chef Allan Susser (Downtown)


🗣️ Attend an artist talk with Michelle Lisa Polissaint and Terence Price (Wynwood)

🍷 Drink Andean wines paired with Peruvian foods at Pisco y Nazca (Kendall)

🎵 Groove to sounds from around the world at the Terrestrial Funk party at Gramps (Wynwood)

🎥 Watch a screening of “THIS IS NOT BERLIN” at the Tower Theater (Little Havana)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram.

That’s all for this week

But thanks again to everyone who came through to our Taste of Summer event last night!

Make it a great weekend, Miami. We’ll see ya on Monday. ✌️

– The New Tropic

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