Plus, backlash on claims that Hialeah is "The Brooklyn of Miami" and more MPD drama.

😋 Where to find Miami’s most flavorful bagels

Plus, backlash on claims that Hialeah is "The Brooklyn of Miami" and more MPD drama.

By Zach Schlein

No Miami, you’re not imagining things: it’s somehow already Thursday.

Before jumping into today’s newsletter proper, here’s a reminder that the federal government plans to send out 400 million N95 masks across the country at the end of this week. Masks will be distributed to pharmacies and community health centers, where they’ll be available for pick up at no cost. And ICYMI, you can now order four free at-home COVID-19 tests to be shipped directly to you — if you live in an apartment complex, be sure to note this critical tip about putting your unit number in correctly.

As more is known about where and when you can pick up your masks in Miami, you’ll be sure to read about it in this very newsletter. 💪 But until then, there’s a whole lot of headlines to sort through today…

💧 What Miami is talking about


Try not to be startled by your own shadow today, Miami. 🌆 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @miamicolortheory)

📰 Today in controversial headlines from the Florida governor’s office: Gov. Ron DeSantis has submitted a proposed congressional map for the state’s redistricting process — a task usually managed by the state legislature — that would break up districts with Democratic representatives and large minority populations. Earlier this week the governor also floated the idea of establishing a state agency to monitor and regulate elections. The proposed Office of Election Crimes and Security would be the first of its kind in the country and has voting rights advocates speaking out over its potential to intimidate voters. Just another fun, not-at-all-scary day in the Sunshine State! ☀️ (Associated Press / The Guardian)

👀 If your neighborhood or city is being called "the Brooklyn of Miami," it’s a pretty sure-fire sign of gentrification. It’s happened to other 305 areas in recent years, and now it appears to be Hialeah’s turn. The dubious distinction comes from online promotional material for Shoma Village, a development being constructed in East Hialeah. As reported by Miami New Times, local groups such as the Community Justice Project and the Miami Workers Center are speaking out about gentrification in Hialeah, the effects of which are already being felt by one apartment complex that’s seen its rent raised from $1,000 to $1,650 a month. "What we’re seeing in Hialeah is happening all over Miami where rents are skyrocketing not because housing has dramatically improved," Miami Workers Center organizer Zaina Alsous told the alt-weekly. "But ultimately because there's unchecked greed in the housing market." (Miami New Times)

🏘️ The affordable housing crisis stretches far beyond Miami-Dade County. National media outlets are picking up on what Floridians have been feeling in their wallets for a while now: A recent story in The Washington Post notes that while home prices have risen faster in Florida than any other state over the last six months, wages have not kept pace with the national average. The disparity has caused a squeeze that’s left working-class residents with few choices in where they can call home. “Although Florida has long been associated with pockets of extreme wealth, local leaders say they are most unsettled by how quickly home prices are rising at the bottom of the market,” the story says. “Those trends now threaten to drive away scores of working-class residents, who remain the backbone of the state’s tourism-driven economy.” (The Washington Post)

😋 Looking to get the most out of Miami’s bagel offerings? Search no further: The Infatuation Miami has got you covered with its list of the tastiest bagel joints around town. Picks include local pastry luminaries like El Bagel and Zak the Baker along with delis such as Bagel Cove and Bagel Bar East. (The Infatuation Miami)

🚨 The drama between ex-police chief Art Acevedo and the City of Miami is far from finished. Yesterday Acevedo filed a claim in federal court against the city as well as City Manager Art Noriega and Commissioners Joe Carollo, Alex Díaz de la Portilla and Manolo Reyes. As summarized by NBC 6 South Florida, the lawsuit “claims commissioners used police resources to carry out ‘personal agendas’” and alleges Acevedo’s firing was retaliation for attempting to reform a culture of corruption in the Miami Police Department. (Miami Herald / NBC 6 South Florida)

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🎤 Get blown away by Miami powerhouse vocalist Yoli Mayor during a Soulful Evening at The Doral Yard (Doral)

💃 Freak out on the dance floor with French house legend Sébastien Léger at Space Park (Little Haiti)


🎨 Walk on the vibrant side with Loriel Beltrán as the artist leads a tour of his exhibition Constructed Color and shares insights about his paintings and creative process (Downtown)

🌇 Learn the basics of Biscayne Bay from marine biologist Laura Eldredge during a scenic sunset boat tour (Key Biscayne)

🌌 Camp under the stars and have an unforgettable night in Everglades National Park with The Alliance for Florida's National Parks (Homestead)

💚 Take a taste of the future and tour through Imagine Farms, Miami's very own indoor vertical hydroponic farm (Little Haiti)

🎶 Tear up the dance floor with Detroit house legend Omar S at ATV Records (Downtown)

💿 Boogie down with ARTBAT (Little Haiti)


🍷 Sip quality wine and enjoy sonically adventurous sounds during the latest Tropico Virgo at Margot (Downtown)

👋 That’s all for today

See you back here tomorrow for this week’s grand finale — until then, have a happy Friday Jr.


Zach at The New Tropic

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