On This Day in Miami History: FDR's Visit That Ended in Tragedy

February 15, 2015 | by matt stewart

An assassination attempt on Franklin Delano Roosevelt more than 80 years ago had dire consequences that threatened to turn the Magic City’s reputation tragic.

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President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressing a throng of 25,000 Miamians in Bayfront Park from the backseat of his Buick convertible on February 15, 1933.

Less than a month before his initial inauguration, Franklin Delano Roosevelt paid a visit to Miami following a 12-day fishing trip on Vincent Astor’s yacht, Nourmahal. On February 15, 1933, an estimated 25,000 Miamians, the largest crowd ever to assemble in the city at that time, lined Biscayne Boulevard and filled Bayfront Park to catch a glimpse of the man who they hoped would lead them out of the Great Depression. In this throng of optimistic well-wishers was one whose purpose for being there was much different—an unemployed Italian bricklayer named Giuseppe Zangara was carrying a .32 caliber pistol he’d recently purchased at a pawnshop for $8 in order to kill the president-elect, whom he blamed for the country’s economic woes. >>Read More

 

#FBF: Remembering Julia Tuttle, the Mother of Miami

February 13, 2015 | by tom austin

On this Flashback Friday, Ocean Drive celebrates the woman who started it all.

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Portrait of Julia Tuttle in Miami in the 1890s.

Miami is the only American city that was founded by a woman. And by all accounts, Julia Tuttle, the “Mother of Miami,” was one formidable woman. Tuttle, then the respectable wife of a Cleveland businessman, first visited the Magic City in 1875. In that era, two men from Cleveland ruled a harsh wilderness landscape in South Florida: William B. Brickell, of Brickell Avenue renown, and Tuttle’s father, Ephraim T. Sturtevant. >>Read More

 

What to See & Do at Art Wynwood

February 11, 2015 | by Carla Torres

Our mini-guide to navigating Art Wynwood 2015.

Art Wynwood Pavilion.

Just in case you didn’t get your art fix during Basel, Art Wynwood (February 12-16) is back for its fourth year, filling your weekend with vibrant street art, surrealist paintings, and contemporary works from 70-plus emerging artists. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with our mini-guide: >>Read More


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