Plus, Dwyane Wade returns to Miami for a kind deed, and an old Wynwood favorite is coming back in a new location.
The New Tropic

💵 Living in Miami doesn’t come cheap

Plus, Dwyane Wade returns to Miami for a kind deed, and an old Wynwood favorite is coming back in a new location.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Friday.

We may not have a three-day weekend to look forward to, but hey, at least Saturday arrived a little sooner, right?

It’s been a long week for Miami, and there’s a lot to cover — both good and bad — before we break into the weekend. If you’re understandably looking for some levity, be sure to peek at the events calendar: There’s no shortage of cool, community-oriented gatherings taking place over the next few days.

Without further ado...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

Have a clear, straightforward weekend Miami — be sure to stop and appreciate the beauty that’s all around the 305. 💙 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @miamicolortheory)  

💰 In a development that shouldn’t surprise anyone who lives here — except for maybe some recent arrivals from out west — a new study shows that Miami homeowners are among the most cost-burdened in the country. Miami ranked No. 2 on a list of the 50 metro areas with the most residents spending a disproportionate amount of money on housing expenses. According to data assembled by Lending Tree, nearly 41% of Miamians spend 30% or more of their monthly income on housing needs.

Per the report, housing costs are “considerably higher in more expensive areas with prevalent income inequality, like Los Angeles and Miami.” Elsewhere in Florida, Orlando cracked the top 10 with the ninth slot, and Tampa came in at No. 12. Apparently you can’t live in a place with scenic vistas or vibrant cultures without a little wealth extraction. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In other news…

⛑️ The latest on Surfside: Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade returned to the 305 yesterday to visit and thank the teams navigating the remains of Champlain Towers South. Meanwhile, families of those affected are processing the news that efforts at the site of the collapse are transitioning from search-and-rescue to recovery efforts. While some who lost people in the tragedy are adjusting to the development, others are “praying for a miracle.” As of writing, the death toll stands at 60 with 80 people potentially unaccounted for. (Dwyane Wade via Instagram / Miami Herald / Local 10)

💛 The New Tropic has been sharing an array of ways to help Surfside these last two weeks, but given the circumstances, it couldn’t hurt to share another: Here’s a great, comprehensive roundup of organizations, fundraisers, and charity drives assisting with recovery efforts. (WLRN)

📰 The Miami Herald reported yesterday that two South Florida men were arrested for their alleged roles in assassinating late Haiti President Jovenel Moïse. According to the paper, James Solages and Joseph Vincent were apprehended by Haitian authorities following Wednesday’s deadly attack on Moïse’s home; the men reportedly have ties to Fort Lauderdale and Miami respectively. (Miami Herald)    

🍻 A Wynwood favorite is reopening its doors in a new location this weekend. Wood Tavern will be returning as part of Pizza and Beer on Sunday, July 11. The beloved neighborhood bar originally closed its doors in March due to — you guessed it — lowered profits during the pandemic and rising rent costs. Now, it’s making a staged comeback: The first phase this weekend is recreating Wood’s old outdoor setup, while the new indoor section is scheduled to debut a few months down the line. (Miami New Times)

🌳 There’s a new park opening in the heart of The Shops at Midtown Miami. M Park is situated in the center’s central round-about and features an open, grassy space as well as an enclosed playground for the kids to enjoy. M Park’s green-filled grounds are open to the public now; a formal grand opening is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 21. (Culture Crusaders)

Eating with your 👀

Whether it comes to the containers or the menu, BUBUSAN spares no expense keeping things as pretty as possible. 😊 (📸: @eatlikebubu)

With packaging this beautiful, BUBUSAN is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is the mouth and stomach. 😋 This South Beach spot is a Japanese takeout and delivery concept that brings some playfulness, flair, and a big personality to the 305. Take a chance and enter our giveaway for your chance to win your choice of two Magic Pizzas made of sushi and a Tiger Style Omakase Box. The un-boxing is just the start of this flavorful experience!


👽 Get weird with local vendors and enjoy a live performance by Butterfly Snapple and during Trippy Market at Space Park (Little River)

💕 Get down to some sonic love from selectors Yung Algebra, Mike Sike, and Futon Don during the latest Dream Vacation takeover at Over Under (Downtown)

🇦🇷 Commemorate Argentina Independence Day with a tribute to the art of tango and musician Astor Piazzolla (Miami Beach / Online)


🎶 Bang on some drums and learn about Brazilian percussion during this outdoor workshop (Little Haiti)

💪 Check out "Boys Will Be Boys," an emotionally charged evening of dance dissecting the effects of toxic masculinity on American boyhood — viewer discretion advised (Liberty City)

🎨 Join Locust Projects for a workshop on finding empowerment through poetry facilitated by Arsimmer McCoy (Miami Design District)

🛍 Peruse a diverse range of authentic products from across the Atlantic during the Caribbean Market Place(Little Haiti)

🗣️ Listen to a conversation with Ida B. Wells' great-granddaughter Michelle Duster hosted by Miami-Dade TEAR and Virginia Key Beach Park Trust(Online)

🍻 Catch the Copa América 2021 Finals at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen at 8PM and cheer on your favorite team with wallet-friendly drink specials in hand (Brickell)


🎶 Enjoy a public symphony concert featuring music by Mozart, Rossini, and more at Temple Emanu-El (Miami Beach)

😂 Laugh out loud during a live play presenting a comedic twist on the classic Cinderella tale at Normandy Isle Park in Miami Beach (Miami Beach)

🇦🇷 Learn about the tangos, folk songs, and musical traditions of Argentina at the Miami Beach Woman's Club(Miami Beach)


🙌 Be a neighborhood hero and apply to Leadership Lab: Neighborhood Heroes Cohort 4 (Miami)

🍹 Savor curated hand-crafted cocktails, quality libations, and a 4-course dinner during the Summer Spirits Tasting Event (Pembroke Pines)


🌞 Attend Florida Solar 101 Webinar and learn more about renewable energy from the Miami-Dade Solar Co-op (Online)


🎶 Enjoy a comic chamber “coming-of-age” opera during this riveting performance of "Albert Herring" by Benjamin Britten(Faena Forum)

Friday, July 16

👸 Watch a classic story come to life during this whimsical, romantic interpretation of Cinderella (Faena Forum)

🙌 Celebrate the return of one of Miami's best parties, Extra Credit, with the 305's own Patrick Walsh and Laura of Miami along with visiting DJ-producer Baltra (Downtown)

👋 That’s all for this week

See you back here on Monday for the latest and greatest in 305 food news from the folks at Miami Food Pug. 


Zach at The New Tropic

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