• Hanukkah

    Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jewish freedom fighters in the year 165 B.C., and a miracle: One day's supply of consecrated oil lasted for eight days, hence the menorah's eight lights. Take a look at how South Florida has celebrated the Jewish Festival of Lights throughout the years.

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Hanukkah

Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jewish freedom fighters in the year 165 B.C., and a miracle: One day’s supply of consecrated oil lasted for eight days, hence the menorah’s eight lights. Take a look at how South Florida has celebrated the Jewish Festival of Lights throughout the years.

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Anderson’s Corner

In 1911, Silver Palm Drive was a logging road connecting the Everglades to the shipping port of Black Point in South Biscayne Bay. At roughly the midway point, an entrepreneur named William “Popp” Anderson, who worked for railroad magnate Henry Flagler, built a general store that served what became a thriving farming community. The store […]

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Bacardi Building

The distinctive blue-and-white Bacardi Building, which rose from Miami’s skyline has long been a landmark, with its modernist architecture and prominent location on Biscayne Boulevard. The eight story tower was built in 1963 by Cuban-born architect Enrique Gutierrez.  The blue-and-white tile murals of flowers, by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand, adorn the full height of the […]

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Book Fair

The first Miami Book Fair International took place in 1984, founded by Miami Dade College and other local partners. During the 31 years of its existence, the fair has grown from a local gathering called Books by the Bay to the largest literary festival in the country, taking over blocks of  Miami’s downtown. Along the […]

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SS Yarmouth Castle Fire

In the wee hours of November 13, 1965, a fire broke out in a storage compartment of the SS Yarmouth Castle -an aging liner traveling between Miami and Nassau – more than 100 miles out at sea, just nine hours after the ship had departed.  The SS Yarmouth Castle, bound for a gala weekend in Nassau with […]

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Paradise Lost –And Regained

Philip Wylie, the famous American author-philosopher came to Miami in 1929, when the town lay in the backwash of bust and the Depression, and rusting steel skeletons of unfinished buildings stood as monuments to community despair. He kept a home here until his death in 1971. And often, he wrote about his adopted city — […]

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Halloween

The smell of the plastic mask. The chills of the haunted house. The thrill of pretending to be someone — or something — else. From the spaceman suit to the two-person giraffe — and some costumes we’re still trying to figure out — take a look at the Miami Herald’s vintage Halloween photos, South Florida […]

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Vizcaya

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens shimmer in the reflection of Biscayne Bay, retaining the dream-like vision of farm-equipment heir James Deering, who chose the spectacular spot for his elaborate subtropical interpretation of an eighteenth-century Italian villa. The once-private property, built between 1914 and 1922 in the Coconut Grove area of Miami, is surrounded by nearly […]

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Biltmore Hotel

The Bilmore Hotel has survived hurricanes, land busts, gangsters, nasty critics and even rumors of a ghost to emerge as one of South Florida’s most written-about landmarks. The Biltmore was Coral Gables developer George Merrick’s dream. He used his family’s truck garden where he grew tomatoes for the site of the new hotel. Not being superstitious, […]

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