Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
1 month ago | Environmental
As Kendall’s population has spiked in recent decades to more than 75,000, the suburb's sprawling fields and swamp lands have disappeared to make way for more single family homes and strip malls. Already facing overcrowding and traffic, residents t...
2 months ago | Environmental
One day early last year, Luiz Rodrigues gazed out at the dunes near the Fourth Street Beach. The sandy hills are cordoned off with rope and wooden fencing, a sanctuary for many amid the bustle of South Beach. Inside, sea oats swayed in the wind. F...
2 months ago | Longform
Jay Scott, sporting a brown ponytail and a shirt that exposes his tattoos, walks through Habatat Galleries in West Palm Beach, past Dale Chihuly's fluorescent, coral-like cylinders and William Morris' display of ancient tools. The 39-year-old weav...
2 months ago | Art
A blue thicket of braided, industrial nylon rope winds through the four-story atrium gallery at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Miami) in the Design District. A foot wide at one end, the rope narrows and wraps around the museum's white supp...
3 months ago | Dance
In the 1960s, Tiffany Madera’s parents fled Cuba during the revolution. Like many other refugees, they landed in Miami and started a family. Madera and her bother were born in Miami and grew up in Coconut Grove. But when she was a young child, her...