Plus, a popular pizzeria is coming to South Beach and a Portland winemaker is visiting the 305.
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🕑 The Clevelander isn’t jamming to Miami Beach’s early “Closing Time”

Plus, a popular pizzeria is coming to South Beach and a Portland winemaker is visiting the 305.

Welcome to Wednesday, Miami.

We hope everyone had a restful Tax Day free of any unwelcome surprises, missing documents, or disappointingly low refunds. 🙏 And if you did contend with any of those things, we hope enough time has passed for you to sit down, take a breath, and get back to *checks notes* the joy and elation of being three days into the working week. 🤗

Today’s New Tropic has a solid mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly, with nary a taxman in sight. See for yourself...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

It’s not all decadence and raucous parties in the Magic City — there’s a lot of tranquility to be found too. 😊 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @josie4culture)

➡️ Three transgender activists have accused officers at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center of gender discrimination and mistreatment. Christian Pallidine, Gabriela Amaya Cruz, and Jae Bucci were arrested at separate Black Lives Matter protests last year and processed at the facility; all three claim that they were subjected to humiliating and invasive procedures by jail staffers to determine their gender.

Although the trio has not filed a formal lawsuit, they’ve retained legal representation from prominent advocacy groups including the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund as well as asked Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to enter into a structured negotiation. According to Miami New Times, the mayor’s office has not yet agreed to discussions but is reportedly investigating the accusations.

In other news...

🏪 Kendall residents are pushing back against plans to build an assisted living facility and retail space on a spot occupied by a decades-old grocery store. Homeowners in the neighborhood of Glenvar Heights have voiced concerns over proposals for what may replace Norman Brothers Produce, claiming that development will result in traffic headaches and clash with the area’s aesthetic. (CBS Miami)

🗣 The Clevelander is suing the City of Miami Beach over new restrictions imposed on the entertainment district. The famed South Beach hotel’s legal action follows last week’s vote by Miami Beach City Commissioners to roll back the area’s last call for alcohol from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. — the ordinance is set to take effect on Saturday and will tentatively last through December. The lawsuit alleges that the move and other recent restrictions designed to discourage hard partying abridge the law and threaten the city’s famed hospitality industry. (Miami Herald)

🍕 Speaking of South Beach, the area will soon be home to a new location for local chain Harry’s Pizzeria. Finally, Lincoln Road will now know the bliss that is mixing and matching bites from the ‘za spot’s roasted chicken wings and Margherita pie. 😋 (Time Out Miami)

🍷 Popular natural wine purveyor LUCIO/Wine Shop is inviting Miamians to a tasting on Friday night. The store — which was selected as Miami New Times’ favorite wine shop last year and is a regular stop whenever my girlfriend and I run errands or grab groceries 😉 — is hosting Portland, Oregon-based winemaker Joe Swick. You can sample Swick Wine’s offerings for yourself between 5 and 8 p.m. — no RSVPs necessary. (LUCIO/Wine Shop via Instagram)

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The work of four artists will premiere over the next two months on ICA’s social media (follow ‘em on Insta) and the ICA Channel, with the first video going live next week.

Supported by Knight Foundation, the upcoming works by artists Sable Elyse Smith, Houston Cypress, Dara Friedman, and Minia Biabiany represent ICA Miami’s ongoing support of fostering artistic experimentation and commissioning new work.

Smith, an artist and educator from New York, is the first artist to premiere on Wednesday, May 26.

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🇭🇹 Little Haiti Book Festival grapples with social media’s gray areas

(📸: @miamibookfair)

The New Tropic is continuing its weekly spotlight on Little Haiti Book Festival, Miami Book Fair’s virtual, month-long celebration of Haitian Heritage Month. Today, festival director and author M.J. Fievre is previewing Sunday’s panel Gray Areas: Human Relations and Critical Thinking in the Era of Social Media with an account of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the island and the subsequent fallout.

On January 15, 2010, three days after the earthquake in Haiti, Americans were on the ground, rescue teams ready for action, and survivors’ stories were going viral.

“You can help,” my friend Olivier, an ex-army guy, said. He was in touch with one of the special units on site. “We’ll use your profile in a press release. You’ll collect information about trapped survivors, format it, and forward it.”

I posted an announcement on Facebook and braced myself for the S.O.S. messages.

Every two minutes, they came.

We need help in Delmas 60, on the Caroli field. A lot of injured there.

There is a young man under the rubbles of Caribbean Supermarket in Delmas 95. His name is Adolfo. He’s still alive, by the freezers. Please, please, for the love of God, send a team on site to help him. I am begging you!

Six people are alive at UNIBANK.

Jennifer R. is still buried under the rubble of a cybercafé, right across the Nouveau Collège Bird.

An employee of the Hotel Montana is still buried under the rubbles.

In the span of 24 hours, I replied to three hundred fifteen messages, offering words of comfort, requesting more information, and focusing on the task at hand to keep my cool. 

At first, I only got an automatic reply from the Rescue Team: “We received your email. Thanks for the information. We are trying our best to help you.” Then, an actual human wrote back: “Michele, we will send a SAR team to these places as soon as possible. As a reminder: We have few SAR teams and need to prioritize those requests that are as confirmed as possible. Can you cross-check somehow?”

Soon, people were also asking for food, water, and medications via social media.

Madame Evanotte Robert needs insulin Novolin 70/30 and water. She also has breast cancer.

More than a hundred shoppers died inside the Caribbean Supermarket after the earthquake hit.

Two hundred people died in the Hotel Montana.

Madame Robert did not make it. Her medications did not arrive on time.

As the news poured in, I started screaming inside. But the screams never passed my throat. They morphed into a throbbing, stabbing fist that lodged under my rib cage.

Today, still scarred by the events of that year, I ponder the role played by social media in many of the rescue missions in 2010. 

Social media can save lives — but, of course, it has its limits. Information is now spreading faster than it ever has; unfortunately, it is not always reliable information. The panel taking place on Sunday, May 23, will see Carel Pedre and Hervé Fanini-Lemoine examine the toll of social media on interpersonal relationships, and the influence of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc., at the social, political, and economic level.

The two experts will share valuable — maybe life-saving — information.

Gray Areas: Human Relations and Critical Thinking in the Era of Social Media takes place on Sunday, May 23, and you can register in advance on Miami Book Fair’s website. The full itinerary for Little Haiti Book Festival can be found right here. You can revisit The New Tropic’s past coverage of this year’s virtual celebration here and here.

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💻Learn how to stand out in an interview with MDC Works Career Studio (Online)

🎨 Get lost in Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies, artist Vince Fraser's new multi-sensory visual experience at ARTECHOUSE (South Beach)

🛍️ Shop locally-designed, inclusive knitwear at the Krelwear boutique opening party at Ironside (Upper East Side)


🇨🇺 Feast your eyes on a 10th-anniversary revival screening of "Juan of the Dead" at Miami Dade College's Tower Theater in celebration of artistic freedom and creative expression in Cuba(Little Havana)

🗣 Attend a reception for "Voices of Hispanola," the newest exhibit at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum (Plantation — RSVP to

🍹 Celebrate Mamey Day at Mamey on 3rd with live music, mamey cocktails, bites by Chef Niven Patel, and sweet scoops from Azucar Ice Cream (Coral Gables)

🍷 Treat yourself to a taste of Swick Wine's offerings at LUCIO/Wine Shop (Little River)


👂 Listen in on a live art talk with FIU graduate and prolific visual creative Gianna D (Online)


📖 Join HistoryMiami Museum's resident historian, Dr. Paul S. George, as he embarks on a weekly series detailing defining moments in South Florida history(Online)

Wednesday, May 26

🗣 Attend Tech Talk at The Underline and learn from experts discussing the convergence of technology and public spaces (Brickell)

👋 That’s all for today

We’ll see you back here tomorrow for the latest #ThrowbackThursday and a special feature on Miami-based artist Chire Regans.

Take care,

Zach at The New Tropic

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