Personal Fireworks Shows are Apparently a Thing

Last weekend we were roused from a peaceful evening of movie-watching by fireworks that were very loud and very close to us. Now, we often have fireworks in downtown Miami, but they are typically displayed above Bayfront Park (for festivals or holidays) or American Airlines Arena (for Heat games). We can’t see those fireworks shows … Read more

Who or what is a Brickell?

One of the words that confounds spell checks for all Miami residents is Brickell — the name of Brickell Avenue, the portion of US1 that runs through the core financial district of the city and the namesake of the Brickell neighborhood in Miami. Unlike Julia Tuttle, the Miami founder whose name largely disappeared, William and … Read more

Miami Beach Art Deco District

No Miami blog is complete without plenty of photos of Art Deco architecture, right? Our continuing exploration of Miami history naturally brought us to the Miami Beach Architectural District, a/k/a the Miami Art Deco District. This federally designated historic district includes 960 (!) contributing structures in South Beach, the southern portion of the barrier island … Read more

Miami Has a Mother!

Miami has the distinction of being one of the only major cities founded by a woman. No doubt this is due in part to the fact that the city is relatively young, but it’s still a pretty big accomplishment for a woman in the 19th century United States. So without further ado, let me introduce … Read more

Free Superyacht Viewing in Downtown Miami

Of course a glamorous oceanfront city like Miami is going to attract a healthy amount of wealthy, glamorous, sun-loving people, who will bring their favorite water-related toys. But I would have expected that these celebrities and entrepreneurs would keep their yachts parked in exclusive locations, fa r from the prying eyes of average Miami residents. … Read more