The Gables stretch of The Underline got a big financial boost. Miami-Dade County was awarded a $22.3 million grant to help pay for the three-mile stretch of the 10-mile linear park project that will go through Coral Gables. Next up, the County Commission will have to formally accept the grant and approve design plans (Miami Herald)
Art Basel’s less than a month away and Wynwood’s prepping. The neighborhood has emerged as a hub for the annual art fest in the past few years and that means plenty of people and cars swarming on the area. So the city is planning to close off vehicle traffic on the main drag of Northwest Second Avenue, from Northwest 29th Street to 20th Street, during Basel weekend. (Miami Today)
SoFla’s hoping to curtail human trafficking as the Super Bowl approaches. Miami Gardens will host the big game next February, and they’re hoping to raise public awareness about the uptick in human trafficking that happens around big sporting events like the Super Bowl. Signs and ads are going up around town and folks are being encouraged to spread the word if they see any suspicious activity going down. (Miami Herald)
One Florida city has a clear message ahead of the 2020 legislative session: Next year’s budget has to protect the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Clearwater officials are stressing that the fund is meant to support Florida’s increasingly dire affordable housing situation, but for more than a decade the money has been diverted to offset other budget needs. (Tampa Bay Times)
We’ve got a weekend longread/listen for ya… Reporters from WLRN and WNYC in New York teamed up for a podcast called “The Stakes” and a series of stories that focus on climate gentrification and the multifaceted impacts of climate change on communities like Little Haiti. (WNYC)
We’ve got a staycation giveaway for you and a guest to enjoy ahead of the “winter” season. Chill on Ocean Drive with a two-night stay at the Hotel Victor, enjoy lunch for two at Gianni’s at Casa Casuarina (the old Versace Mansion), another meal at Havana 1957 at the Breakwater Hotel, and (yup, there’s more) a couples’ massage at the new K’Alma Spa.
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Hialeah’s probably the last neighborhood where you’d expect to find excellent French cuisine, but about five years ago, La Fresa Francesa popped up — and it’s très bon. It’s owned by a young couple, Benoit Rablat and Sandy Sanchez, who met while working at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Los Angeles.
He’s a French chef, and she’s Cuban by way of Hialeah. They may not speak each other’s native languages, but they have put their heads together over the years to come up with some crossover dishes that are magnifique: like their foie gras guava pastelito.
QUOTABLE: “A Croque Monsieur is essentially a ham-and-cheese sandwich. What I’ve learned is that we all essentially eat the same things, they’re just presented a little differently.” — Sandy Sanchez
FUN FACT: Sandy and Ben are getting married next year!
Just a 10-minute walk from a stop along the 35 bus route, the Robert Is Here is South Florida’s go-to spot for exotic fruits and local veggies. 👆 These are some of our favorite items to snag there.
🎶 Today: Get down to the sounds of DJ Windows 98 a.k.a. Win Butler of Arcade Fire (Little Haiti)
💃 Tomorrow: Play dominos and celebrate Miami at Culturefest 305 with a live performance by Spam All-Stars (Downtown)
🚲 Sunday: Bike downtown Miami with Dade Heritage Trust and learn about architecture and history (Downtown)
🙌 Sunday, November 17: Celebrate IlluminArts' six-year anniversary with a silent auction and a performance by internationally acclaimed baritone, Kenneth Overton (Edgewater)
📢 Thursday, November 21: Listen for FREE at 10 live music venues with Rock, Jazz, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Blues, & Spoken Word at the Miami Beach Live Music Series! Get All the Details
🤣 Catch comedian Eric Andre live at the Olympia Theater (Downtown)
😋 Enjoy some good eats and a discussion on the intersection of art, food and activism (Little River)
🎶 Rock out to the sounds of The Wailers at this concert (Design District)
🎶 Enjoy the sounds of the legendary flamenco gypsy singer, Diego El Cigala (South Beach)
🎶 Groove with the Nu Deco Ensemble and Cuban funk lords, Cimafunk (North Beach)
🎨 Experience Morel Doucet's "Archeology of Memory" exhibit at the Bakehouse Art Complex (Wynwood)
😋 Nom all day at the SEED Food and Wine tasting village (Wynwood)
🎉 Celebrate 60 years of the Robert Is Here fruit stand and farm (Homestead)
🎼 What happens when you combine the New World Symphony and American Idol? To find out, join DJ Fly Guy as he leads a night of music battles. Purchase tickets here for Saturday! (Sponsored)
🎶 Rock out to The Raconteurs live at The Fillmore (South Beach)
🧘 Stretch with the family at this kid-friendly yoga class at Inhale Miami (Little Haiti)
😋 Dig into plant-based brunch goodness at the SEED Food & Wine Blissful Brunch (Wynwood)
🌱 Snag your favorite flora at this massive plant sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables)
🎸 Rock out with Titus Andronicus, Partner, and Superhaunted at Churchill's (Little Haiti)
🤓 Test your smarts at Concrete Beach's trivia night (Wynwood)
😋 Eat at this farm-to-table dinner inspired by Brazil from the kitchen of Chef Allen (Downtown)
📈 Join Ford for a day long event launching the HI-HERImpact program in Miami to support female entrepreneurs driving Miami's economic future. Purchase tickets here for Tuesday! (Sponsored)
🌝 Meditate on the sand under the full moon at this yoga class (South Beach)
👻 Creep around the historic Deering estate after dark on this ghost tour (Palmetto Bay)
🏊 Go for a swim and hear from artists doing climate-inspired work at the Standard (South Beach)
🏃♂️ Join a run and be entered to win a free Miami 5K registration (South Beach)
🏮 Stroll through a garden of lights at the Luminosa Chinese Lantern Festival (Watson Island)
🚶 Take an evening hike through the Deering Estate's tropical hardwood hammock and pine rocklands (Palmetto Bay)
🎉 Join for an outdoor block party at the Wolfsonian for Micky Wolfson featuring the music of Nu Deco Ensemble plus a free exhibit tour! RSVP here to confirm your spot! (Sponsored)
😋 Grub on some vegan BBQ and brews at J. Wakefield Brewing (Wynwood)
🌱 Tend the garden at Vizcaya at this volunteering event with horticulturalist, David Hardy (Coconut Grove)
🎥 Watch a screening of award-winning doc "The Cordillera of Dreams" (Little Havana)
🎉 Party with the kings and queens of Double Stubble at Gramps (Wynwood)
Veterans Day is coming up this Monday and we want to take a quick moment to salute all of the vets out there and thank them for their service. We’ll still be in your inbox that morning but just in case, we wanted to give you a heads up on what spots will be closed on Monday in observance of the holiday.
And if you’re an active military member or a vet, or know someone who has served, then check out this list of places offering discounts for current service members and veterans.
Have a great weekend, Miami!
— The New Tropic