How did Miami drivers become the worst in the state? If clues exist, they're buried inside a mammoth beige building tucked behind palm trees off Flagler Street just South of Doral. Here, down a hallway whiter than a psychiatric ward, are the offices of Alex Hanna — South Florida's most succe ... More >>
Why the screenwriter's first self-made film might be her last.
A few days ago, something strange happened. It was a sunless Monday, and the humdrum of lunch filled Wolfgang's Steakhouse downtown. Three guys chatted over steak salads, real estate tycoon Jorge Perez perused a lengthy report while sipping Diet Coke, and waiters scraped breadcrumbs off my white-tab ... More >>
With his first EP, Velvet, Austin Paul won the hearts of musical taste-makers from soulful-producer Kastle to groove-guru Pharrell. In the few months since it dropped, he's traveled the nation making musical connections with big brands from Vogue to Porsche, and it's just the beginning. Still, succ ... More >>
Miami's overall economy may still be in recovery mode, but that doesn't mean we're scrimping when it comes to our cars. Luxury cars and trucks make up a higher percentage of the Miami area's overall auto sales than in any other market in the country.
What's worse than emerging from a delicious meal at a hip hotel to find your six-figure Porsche wrecked by valet drivers? Getting banned for life from the hotel chain over the crash.That's what one Key Biscayne resident alleges happened to him at SoBe hot spot Soho Beach House. Now, in perhaps Miami ... More >>
U.S. Marshals are holding an auction out in Opa-locka today of cars seized from various convicted drug dealers through out South Florida. About 50 vehicles are up for grabs, including antiques, muscles cars, and Italian sports cars. Riptide has browsed through the inventory and picked our 10 favorit ... More >>
If you follow North Miami politics, you should recognize the name Ricardo Brutus from the ongoing corruption scandal linked to his uncle -- the city's mayor, Andre Pierre. Brutus was caught on tape collecting an envelope of cash in exchange for promises to influence city council votes. The arrest se ... More >>
Earlier today, Luther Campbell dropped a bomb on Drew Rosenhaus, alleging the North Miami-based NFL super agent paid Tommy Streeter -- one of five Miami Hurricanes football players who left school early to enter the draft -- $50,000 to sign with him. The Miami New Times columnist was a guest on the ... More >>
Miami's roads are known for two things: insanely bad driving and fancy cars. It's always a shame when the two combine, especially when a wreck involves somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000 worth of automotive extravagance.Friday night out front of the Epic Hotel in downtown a Maserati GranTuris ... More >>
Anyone who plays soccer in Miami knows how frustrating it is to find a good game; fields are scarce, so either you pony up the cash for an organized game or you play free pickup on some forlorn, lumpy turf that hasn't been mowed since the Carter Administration. As mayor of North Miami, Andre Pierre ... More >>
North Miami's embattled mayor, Andre Pierre, has already survived enough scandals to knock five or six normal politicos off their perch -- from the wacky (driving a luxury car gifted from a mysterious "friend") to the sinister (accusations of wiretapping his enemies offices, corruption probes by ... More >>
Joe Scarborough's political news show came to South Beach this morning, and was crashed by two of Miami's most badass strippers and a presumed beef magnate. We're loyal fans of King of Diamonds' top dancer Tip Drill, who topped our prestigious list of the ten best strippers under forty. We're less ... More >>
The Travel ChannelTony Bourdain eats at In and Out Burger.It's hard to believe that this is the season finale for The Layover. It seems like only yesterday that we first laid eyes on this hot mess of a show that follows Anthony Bourdain to the more pedestrian parts of the globe. So far this year, ... More >>
Let's face it. For most of us, keeping a New Year's resolution is as likely as the Miami Dolphins finally finding Dan Marino's successor in the draft.And some locals should look back on the past year with shameful regret.They could use a fresh start, so Banana Republican came up with some ideas to h ... More >>
Santa's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh.Every Christmas it's the same thing -- what do you get a man? Sure it's easy if money's no object -- get a Porsche and call it a day. But what if your budget is under $50? We've put together a list of sure-fire gifts that he'll love and that w ... More >>
Foodstock: One Night of Peas and Music is tomorrow, so break our the love beads, your suede fringe jacket and get ready for an evening of great street food from 30 of your favorite trucks. In addition, Foodstock will feature vintage wearables, crafts, and art for sale, a DJ spinning tunes and liv ... More >>
Become a member of Beach Towing's VIP list!If you've ever had your car hitched by Beach Towing, this one's for you. For years, Banana Republican heard rumors that the notoriously treacherous company handed out special windshield decals to "very important people" that entitled these fine, upstandi ... More >>
It's been a strange week for Miami Heat star-turned-executive Alonzo Mourning. He was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident, with the other driver filing a lawsuit. He then hosted his annual Zo's Summer Grove charity weekend only to have Dave Chappelle involved in a metaphoric on-stage car ... More >>
A Miami art school student is set to file a lawsuit against Alonzo Mourning claiming that the former Heat star crashed his Porsche into the student's car on the Julia Tuttle Causeway early Sunday morning before fleeing. Mourning did return to the scene, however, nearly an hour later in a separate ... More >>
Andre Pierre: unbelievably, still North Miami mayorWhat a difference two months makes. In March, members of the Miami Heat were crying in their locker room; now they're poised to kick the Celtics out of the post-season. Back then, Donald Trump was flying high. Now everyone knows his presidential ... More >>
Liván Hernández, the Cuban defector who made his MLB debut with the Florida Marlins and pitched for the team for three seasons, is in hot water after an investigation has linked him to drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez, AKA Angelo Millones.''
Andre PierreNorth Miami Mayor Andre Pierre's campaign manager, Ricardo Brutus, took an envelope stuffed with $4,000 in cash in exchange for asking "his people" to take an item off the city council's agenda earlier this year, prosecutors say. A police report obtained by New Times detailing Brutus' ... More >>
North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre seems to have some secretive and flashy quirks, which would be fine if it didn't involve public money and shady ethics. A few months after being forced to return a borrowed Porsche he was driving around town and never reporting who lent him the car, he's now under f ... More >>
Add 150,000 miles, a few accidents, and some bird poop and you have my real-life car.I am probably the least qualified exotic car reviewer in the world.
Erykah Badu caused some controversy a few months ago when she released her video for "Window Seat" and followed in Matt and Kim's footsteps, taking off all of her clothes, piece by piece. Well now she's released a remix of "Window Seat" called "Turn Me Away," featuring our very own Teflon Don, Ri ... More >>
L to R: Palacios, Flores, Rod and RotuloJose Flores has been a fixture of the Miami punk rock scene since his outfit Pin Kai caused a stir in the leather jacket rockers of the mid-90's. From there he went on to involvement with a myriad of bands (Pretend Milk, Rerun, Disney Violence, The Surf and Ro ... More >>
via Pier RaccugliaOuch.Pier Raccuglia is no wimp when it comes riding bicycles. On Saturday mornings, he dons a bright white spandex suit and launches into an 80-mile loop stretching from Kendale Lakes to Pinecrest. He looks yanked from a Tour de France calendar on his $10,000 Canondale SystemSix ... More >>
Hey, you. Yeah, you over there. You look like a man who enjoys watching a video of people being beaten, maimed, tortured, maybe even killed. Yeah, I can tell that about ya. Listen, I know a guy who might be able to get some of those kinda films, but it might look bad for a guy like me giving ... More >>
phoney via flicker ccOnce upon a time there was a romantically bankrupt city called Miami, where chivalry meant holding the door for your hooker, and true love was something felt for your Mini-Hummer. Once a year, the citizens of this strange land would do their best to seem normal. They would bu ... More >>
One of Miami's best-known songwriters was nearly killed in a possible contract hit.
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