Plus, the fight to keep Coconut Grove green and how to eat well during Art Basel.
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🎄 A seasonal Miami staple is back

Plus, the fight to keep Coconut Grove green and how to eat well during Art Basel.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Friday.

We’re only five days into November and it seems like Miami is already collectively looking ahead to December — and we’re not just talking about the holidays either. 😒 Folks, it hasn’t even been a full week since Halloween and it’s fair to assume many of you haven’t even started seasoning your Thanksgiving turkeys yet… right?

Regardless of where you fall on the “How soon is too soon to start celebrating the holiday season?” debate, read on to see what we mean...

💧 What Miami is talking about

There’s a big — and colorful 😉🌈😉 — spectrum of cool things to see around 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)

🎄 Santa's Enchanted Forest has returned, but the route to get there might be a bit different from how you remember it. After taking 2020 off because of — what else? — the pandemic, the Miami holiday institution is back in business at its new home in Hialeah Park. You can read more about the move from Tropical Park as well as what’s changed and what’s remained the same by clicking on the link. ➡️ (Miami New Times)

🍽 Speaking of seasonal stuff, this time of year brings more than just the holidays for Miami-Dade: Art Basel and Miami Art Week are only a month away, which means the clock is ticking to secure spots at your favorite restaurants. That’s why The Infatuation Miami was thoughtful enough to provide a guide to the eateries you should be making reservations with ASAP, because before you know it, the whole of the international art glitterati will have descended upon Miami and it’ll be impossible to comfortably dine out. That’s assuming, of course, that you make it through the inevitable traffic jams without losing your appetite. 😜 (The Infatuation Miami)

💚 Coconut Grove residents have prevailed in a fight to preserve the neighborhood’s greenery. Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to overturn a tree removal permit issued to developer James Phillips. The city’s building department had previously approved the proposal, prompting the subsequent pushback by residents seeking to preserve the area’s distinctive tree canopy. “When a city is working against its own citizens, those citizens are learning how to stand up for themselves,” attorney David Winker told the Miami Herald. “And developers who are used to getting what they want from cities, cutting down trees and building monstrosities also need to understand that citizens are learning how to fight back.” (Miami Herald)

🤖 In yet another sign of these very strange times, the Miami Herald has welcomed a new member to its team of top-notch writers, and it’s none other than… a bot. As pointed out by Miami New Times and a handful of local journalists like Celia Almeida, the 305’s paper of record has begun using artificial intelligence software to author stories. So far, it’s generated more than 50 articles and stuck solely to the real estate beat. [Editor’s note: Cue The Beach BoysZach] (Miami New Times)

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💜 You could be the deciding vote!

With nearly 1,000 local nonprofits participating in The Miami Foundation’s 10th Give Miami Day, we wanna know — which one are you the most excited to support?

To find out, The New Tropic is running a little contest to see which org has the most-energized base.

Last week, we asked our readers to name up to 3 nonprofits that are taking part in this year’s Give Miami Day. We went through the nominations and we have the 10 most-nominated organizations. 

It's up to you to determine which organization should receive an extra $500 gift from The New Tropic on Give Miami Day.

Voting ends TODAY at noon!
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🔊 Sway to soothing electronic music and enjoy DJ sets from Bonobo and Quantic at The Oasis (Wynwood)

🎟 Catch an early screening of "Red Rocket," the new film from "The Florida Project" director Sean Baker and A24, as part of Miami Film Festival GEMS 2021 (Little Havana)


👸 Enjoy Miami Lyric Opera's presentation of "La Traviata" sung in Italian with English supertitles (Cutler Bay)

💆 Dance, stretch, and meditate with free classes at Wellness @ THesis (Coral Gables)

🎽 Help the Grant Williams Foundation and Councilwomen Shannan Ighaodaro celebrate the City of Miami Gardens' annual Special Games, an event dedicated to fostering skills and physical well-being (Miami Gardens)

📚 Attend the grand opening of South Florida's newest independent bookstore, Sweet Haven Books, located in Historic Cauley Square (Miami)

🇯🇵 March to the beat of your own drum and learn what a Taiko show sounds like by joining Fushu Daiko for a percussion-heavy performance with ‘the heartbeat of Japan’ (West Kendall)

🎨 Listen in on a talk with artist Leonardo Drew and learn about his contemplative abstract sculptural works during the latest edition of the Steven & Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series (Miami / Online)

💃 Tear up the dance floor during the latest edition of Extra Credit featuring X-Coast along with Miami's own Patrick Walsh and DJ Ray on the decks (Downtown)


🍋 Sip on sweet treats from Kimberly's Frozen Lemonade and score 2 for $1 records plus $1 cassettes during The Platter, a free outdoor record sale by Technique Records (Upper Eastside)

🎥 Watch the heartwarming film "Duty Free" as part of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center's Indie Flicks series — screening Sunday, Nov. 7 through Wednesday, Nov. 10 (Online)

🐶 Meet new furry friends and enjoy great food during an adoption event at Space Park (Little Haiti)


🍻 Meet the authors behind “The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures” at — where else? — Dogfish Head Miami (Wynwood)


🖐 Check out job opportunities as a security guard during a local job fair (Opa-locka)

🌱 Explore landscape ecology and our relationship to place by joining artist and FIU Assistant Professor of Art Fereshteh Toosi for "Forest Immersion and Plant Sounds," a contemplative deep dive into nature (Miami)


🗣️ Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold (Wynwood)

🍽 Enjoy a special one-night-only dinner at Orno with seven chefs from Food & Wine Best New Chef's Class of 2020(Coral Gables)

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🚗 Stroll down memory lane at the Vintage Auto Show

Sunday, November 7 guests can enjoy a relaxing day outdoors at the Vintage Auto Show. Cars 1965 & older on display.

Limited tickets available. Purchase online.

☝️ One more thing… 

Don’t forget to turn those clocks back on Sunday: Daylight Saving Time is ending yet again (can you believe we’re still doing this?) but the good news is we’re getting an extra hour of sleep, so we’ve got that going for us… which is nice.

See you back here on Monday with the latest newsletter takeover by our good friends at Miami Food Pug; until then, have a great weekend and take care.


Zach at The New Tropic

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