Plus, it’s ridiculously hot in Miami and FIU is #1.
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🍻 South Beach bars can serve booze into the wee hours again

Plus, it’s ridiculously hot in Miami and FIU is #1.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Thursday, Miami.

No, you’re not imagining things: It is very, very hot out right now — like record-breaking hot. The heat index surpassed 108 degrees on Sunday. Oof.

Try not to scroll through today’s newsletter with the same hand you’re using to wipe the sweat off your brow...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

The Wolfsonian is a great place to escape the summer heat. | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @generationsgotravel)

🕑 Miami Beach is no longer enforcing a 2 a.m. last call for South Beach bars. The announcement arrived late Tuesday after a Miami judge granted The Clevelander a temporary injunction blocking the city’s curfew order. The Ocean Drive hotel and party destination filed suit against the City of Miami Beach in late May for its new law pushing last call from 5 a.m. up to 2 a.m. Although bar fiends can still get their fill late into the night (or is that morning?) the battle isn’t over just yet: The city has already filed its appeal. (Miami Herald via Instagram / NBC 6 South Florida)

🛄 DLC goes to D.C.: Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was in the country’s capital yesterday to meet with President Biden about addressing gun violence. The mayor’s trip follows a deadly month of firearm-related incidents in the 305 as well as a Memorial Day weekend marked by a devastating mass shooting and violent outbursts across Miami-Dade. (CBS Miami)

✍️ ICYMI, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a flurry of bills into law on Tuesday, including several controversial rules regarding civic education in Florida. The official gist is that these bills will accomplish these three things: 1.) Develop a civics-focused curriculum for K-12 students such as teaching the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen, 2.) Require state university students to pass a civic literacy assessment exam and take a course on civic literacy in order to graduate, and 3.) Protect free speech at state universities by requiring schools to create an “objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid survey” to gauge “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” at colleges and universities. Per an AP report, “DeSantis said students need to be taught that communist and totalitarian governments are evil.” The new rules and their patriotism-heavy perspective are consistent with the governor’s recent successful charge to ban critical race theory from Florida schools. On the non-culture war front, DeSantis also signed a bill requiring high school students to learn CPR — well that’s a breath of relief! (WBNS / WSVN)

🎓 Speaking of Sunshine State education, Miami’s own FIU was ranked #1 among the state’s public universities by the Florida Board of Governors. The assessment used metrics like four-year graduation rate, retention rate, cost of attendance to students, and employment of recent graduates in its evaluation of the state’s best performing higher ed institutions. FIU earned 97 points, a nine-point improvement over the university’s total the previous year and the highest score achieved by a Florida college using the model. (Miami’s Community News)

🗓 Throwback Thursday: Christian Hospital

The New Tropic teams up with HistoryMiami Museum once a week to explore the 305’s past for #ThrowbackThursdays. (📸: @thenewtropic)

Welcome to the latest edition of #ThrowbackThursday, The New Tropic’s weekly spotlight on the people, places, and phenomena of Miami’s past.

This week, HistoryMiami Museum is examining the 305’s medical history and sharing its notes on Christian Hospital...

The front facade of Christian Hospital. (📸: Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami Museum [1959]) 

Christian Hospital was originally located at 1218 NW 1st Place. The medical facility opened in 1918 and was the first local hospital to treat Black residents. Its construction was spurred largely by Mrs. Clarence Busch after her Black housekeeper was refused treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Busch subsequently donated thousands of dollars and five acres of land to start a hospital dedicated to serving Black Miamians and the Overtown community. The center later relocated to 4700 NW 32nd Avenue.

What started as a 12-bed facility used for treating minor illnesses and injuries eventually grew to boast 50 beds. As Christian Hospital grew and became better-equipped with up-to-date medical supplies and furnishings, it soon staffed 150 medical personnel — including 80 physicians — by 1959. Post-segregation, white-owned facilities began admitting more Black doctors, nurses, and patients, thereby reducing the occupancy rate at Christian Hospital. The facility ultimately closed its doors in 1982.

Can’t wait until next week to learn more Miami history? Be sure to follow HistoryMiami Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can plan your own visit and learn more about its array of exhibits and programming at

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Minia Biabiany’s “Learning from The White Birds (2021)” shares an intimate perspective on the landscapes of the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and the Dominican Republic.

Minia’s digital work premiered as part of ICA Miami’s Digital Commissions series, which expands the museum’s commitment to fostering artistic experimentation and commissioning new works, as well as engaging audiences with innovative artistic voices.

Layering images, sound, and written and spoken language, Biabiany’s work meditates on human beings’ relationship to natural environments and the possibility of building community with other species.

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After a week like this one, we wouldn’t mind a sip of EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen’s Lion’s Den cocktail ourselves. 😜 (📸: @est.33_miami)

Today is your last chance to enter to win a $150 gift card to use on whatever tasty dishes or drinks you like at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen. The lucky winner will also get a private brewery tour led by Master Brewer Todd Space through the Bangkok-inspired eatery.

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🍺 Start the weekend early at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen and enjoy Copa América 2021 watch parties complete with drink specials all month long — tonight Bolivia squares off against Uruguay and Chile clashes with Paraguay (Brickell)


🎷 Enjoy the sound of Miami-made "Jazztronica" courtesy of TWYN during the latest Virtual Jazz at MOCA (Online)

🌴 Explore the history of Coconut Grove, the land across from the light, on a virtual tour with HistoryMiami Museum’s Resident Historian Dr. Paul George(Online)

🎥 Catch a screening of "La Piscine" at Coral Gables Cinema between Friday, June 25 and Thursday, July 1 (Coral Gables)

🎶 Kick off the weekend at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen and groove to music all weekend long with sonic selections by DJ Ani Phearce, DJ Elle, and DJ Smeejay(Brickell)


🎶 Sway to the sounds of three dynamic, powerful performers — singers, musicians, and songwriters Yusa, Inez Barlatier, and Keba— as they headline the Women of the Caribbean concert at the Koubek Mansion and Gardens (Little Havana)

🐶 Tune in to a virtual event celebrating the new illustrated children's book "Dogs at Work: Good Dogs. Real Jobs." presented by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair (Online)


🖼️ Check out the opening weekend debut of The Mindy Solomon Gallery's summer exhibitions (Wynwood)


😃 Hear how you can become an Arsht Center volunteer and learn what it's like to work with one of Miami's premier cultural institutions (Online)


🚮 Take part in a Trashy Tuesday sunset beach cleanup at Watson Island Marina(Midtown )


🚺 Visit the opening of WOMANISH, an exhibit experience by womxn for womxn, in Miami (Wynwood)

♻️ Get a general overview of Miami-Dade County's Climate Action Strategy and learn what your neighbors had to say about envisioning a green, carbon-free 305 (Online)

Thursday, July 1

🎥 Watch a Third Horizon Film Festival-hosted screening of buzzed-about feature film "Bantú Mama" at Nite Owl Drive-In (Downtown / Online)

☝️ One more thing… 

In case you’d like a little extra scratch in your pocket — to say nothing of saving on medical bills and additional debt 🙃 — Walgreens is now offering $25 in in-store credit to any customers who receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the store. If you or any loved ones who’ve been putting it off want to seize on a great deal, I wouldn’t wait too long: The offer is only open through Saturday, June 26.

Take care,

Zach at The New Tropic

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