A Miami-Dade County bureaucrat who evoked Jewish mob king Meyer Lansky's name to orchestrate shady deals ripped off taxpayers to the tune of $3 million in a decade. During an afternoon press conference yesterday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle unveiled charges of racketeering, ... More >>
via Steve BerkeBerke's rendering of a casino at the Miami Beach Convention Center.Schemers and dreamers have plotted for years to bring gambling back to South Beach, once the site of high stakes poker games featuring the likes of Al Capone and Meyer Lansky. Sure, local and state laws stand in the ... More >>
Jacob KatelThe Sidewalk Chef on Ocean Drive. We've been bringing you updates on the continuing adventures of Sidewalk Chef Shashank Agtey since May, 2009.We've told you the story of his humble beginnings, and rise to fame. Short version - A wealthy Bombay, Indian whose vision doesn't meet air for ... More >>
art by Hector "The Director"Shashank Agtey is the Sidewalk Chef, a wacky South Florida entrepreneur with over twenty years experience in professional kitchens starting at The Forge on Miami Beach back when it was still owned by gansgta gangsta Meyer Lansky.We've written about the Sidewalk Chef be ... More >>
T. J. English's best-selling book, Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution, went over like a lead balloon in certain corners of El Exilio. The book paints Fulgencio Batista as a corrupt leader all too willing to play ball -- and take kickbacks -- from powerful ... More >>
Jacob Katel The Sidewalk Chef in action at Crocco's Chef Shashank Agtey started his culinary career at The Forge as a dishwasher back when it was still owned by Meyer Lansky. He ended up in Miami from Bombay, India after his father dropped him off on our shores at the age of 17 with $125 in h ... More >>
Where's the beef going? "I didn't want to change it," Isaac Starkman told me a few years back when asked about his strategy for renovating Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House. "I wanted to perpetuate it." And for good reason, as during one thirteen-year period alone the landmark delicatessen in Sunny Isle ... More >>
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