Natalie O'Neill

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    January 12, 2011

    Drag Icon Shelley Novak is Leaving South Beach

    Photo by JipsyFarewell, Shelley Novak!​When former New Times staff writer Natalie O'Neill wanted to get the inside scoop on the gay glory days of South Beach she turned to drag queen-extraordinaire Shelley Novak. The self-described "Barney Rubble in a dress" took her to an Office Depot that once w ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    New Times Cleans Up in Green Eyeshades

    ​Miami New Times cleaned up in the nondaily division of the 60th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, which determine the best work in 11 Southeastern States. Former staff writer Natalie O'Neill took a first place in investigative reporting for "Piece of Mind," a probe of suicides and other problems at t ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    April 18, 2010

    Images from the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

    Natalie O'NeillYesterday was Miami Beach's second annual gay pride parade. It was a blast. Here are some photos.​

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    April 15, 2010

    Letters from the Issue of April 15, 2010

    Legalizing weed would stimulate Florida's economy.

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    March 11, 2010
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    February 25, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    Surfers, Scientists Say No To Oil Drilling Off Florida Coast

    ​ Natalie O'Neill Mike Gibaldi, Charman of Surfrider Foundation.​Jesse Bull, a surfer with a tidy goatee, rides a four-foot wave to shore on a blustery South Beach day. In his black wetsuit, he gazes out towards the crashing waves, then furrows his brow. "The ocean is important," he says. " ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Seen in Miami: Convenience Store Definitely Sells Cigarettes, Can't Spell No Good

    Natalie O'NeillJust when you thought Florida would never legalize marijuana, the folks over at Moha Super market go and prove you wrong. Smokers Behold: Miami's very first pack of rolled ganja cigarettes. New Pot! Oh, man. It almost seems too good to be true. Like it could even be a mistake! But no ... More >>

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    December 20, 2009

    Tonight: Life's a Drag at Voodoo Lounge

    Natalie O'NeillDaisy Deadpetals, who is a drag queen, gets ready backstage,​Gender Bender doesn't usually preview nightlife events, but the drag show at Voodoo Lounge is worth checking out. We've seen similar acts in Boston, San Francisco, and Miami but this one -- based in Fort Laud ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    "Star Power" at Art Basel: Which is to Say, We Totally Stalked Iggy Pop Last Night

    Natalie O'Neill Iggy Pop at OHWOW​On the front page of the Miami Herald today is a photo of Sylvester Stallone,  posed in front of an abstract red painting. The article goes on to cite "the star power" at Art Basel this year. It explains the rich and famous are spending more ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of November 26, 2009

    "Most politicians should serve two terms — one in office and one in jail."

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    November 5, 2009
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    October 13, 2009

    The Trouble with MSG: Is Miami's Best-Known Graffiti Crew Crumbling?

    Natalie O'Neill Atomik​Atomik, a hot-tempered graffiti bomber, shakes a can of yellow spray paint and nods toward a pair of toothless Haitian men. "These guys won't mind if I tag their dumpster," he says and then scribbles his moniker onto the rust-blasted box. In an alley near NW 71st Stre ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of September 17, 2009

    "One has to be strong not to do something as extreme as killing oneself."

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    August 6, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of August 6, 2009

    “If everything from the lottery, Gulfstream, and even Indian reservations is really supposed to help out with education, why are so many teachers out of work?”

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    July 16, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of July 16, 2009

    “Von Hautman won’t be left exposed and impoverished. A guy like this always finds another victim.”

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    June 15, 2009

    Wynwood Art Walk: The Best Stuff's on the Street

    It's funny. Lately we've been enjoying street art more than what's inside the galleries. There's a team of impromptu break dancers. A band of merry typewriter poets. Unwavering bongo drummers. This past Saturday was extra-impressive. There was a kick-ass female violinist, a fire dancer, and a spoke ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of May 14, 2009

    "I surely hope our entire community will show Barry this is intolerable behavior."

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    March 17, 2009

    Chuck Rules, Bill Bites

    Today Bill Cooke at Random Pixels took a shot at New Times and editorial jefe Chuck Strouse. He wrote: I used to love Miami New Times. When I lived in Coconut Grove I knew where the paper was delivered on Wednesday and usually snagged a copy by early afternoon. Since editor Jim Mullin's departure a ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009
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    January 9, 2009

    Doctor Charged With Felony at Gaza Protest Says Cops are Lying

    Riadh Atmani, Israeli-Palestinian protest, doctor, felony charge, miami, bonita springs, police

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    January 8, 2009

    Q&A With South Florida Real World: Brooklyn Cast

    Last night, Real World: Brooklyn made queer TV history, thanks to the first ever transgender cast member, a South Florida male-to-female named Katelyn Cusanelli. The introspective, self-proclaimed computer geek, who went to McPhatter Technical School in Davie and Palm Beach Community College talked ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of January 8, 2009

    "Ever seen pig after pig being bled at a slaughterhouse? I can tell you knife hunting often pales in comparison."

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    January 7, 2009

    Kicking cars and punching cops: Highlights from Gaza Protest Arrests

    An 18 year-old from Coral Springs was busted for wielding brass knuckles and a pocket knife, a petite middle-aged woman shouted "baby killers!," and a mob of protesters chucked rocks at a cop car. The Israeli-Palestinian protest Sunday on Biscayne Boulevard was a loud, colorful microcosm of hate - w ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Public Public Defenders Need a Nap and a Joint (Not Necessarily in That Order)

    If you think budget cuts at your job suck (New Times is a considering a writing-by-candlelight, tent-office setup) try being a Miami-Dade public defender. Thanks to shrinking state court funds  - down in 44 million in the past two years -  these burnt-out servants of the poor, tired, huddl ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    South Florida Makes Big, Queer Reality TV Show History

    In the event that you've had better things to do than watch MTV deteriorate into a steaming sewer of reality programming, you may have missed South Florida's double-time queer cast previewed on Real World Brooklyn. The show's 21st season premiers January 7 and will follow its first-ever transgender ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Grovites Want a Little Sleep, Damn it

    Grove Square Condominium, a pristine peach-colored tower just few blocks from Coco Walk, is the kind of place an empty-nester might settle into a quiet life of coddling small dogs and dining at so-so chain restaurants. But lately, things haven't been so quiet. Last Thursday, resident Teresa Valdes ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Grovites Want a Little Sleep, Damn it

    Grove Square Condominium, a pristine peach-colored tower just few blocks from Coco Walk, is the kind of place an empty-nester might settle into a quiet life of coddling small dogs and dining at so-so chain restaurants. But lately, things haven't been so quiet. Two Thursdays ago, resident Teresa Va ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Inmate Ariel Hernandez has a Bone to Pick

    Riptide got a package in the mail a few days ago. At first, we thought it might be a Christmas present, or a juicy story tip, but then we recognized the handwriting. It was from an inmate we've gotten to know pretty well over the last couple months. A few weeks ago, New Times ran a story about Jea ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Santa's Enchanted Hell Hole?

    Animal rights activist Jim Dunn is willing to bet that, if Old Saint Nick could materialize in Miami-Dade, the man in red would paint a huge protest sign and then boycott Santa's Enchanted Forrest. How come? Well, the "country's biggest Christmas theme park" may offer the kiddies lights and trees g ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Courtroom Antics From One of Miami's Strangest

    Victor-Hugo Vaca has a creative way of getting his point across. To protest the nastiness of bureaucracy, the wayward, fiercely opinionated, Naval officer-turned-artist has tried everything from running for US President to hanging four-foot penis paintings across from the VIP section at Art Basil. W ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of December 11, 2008

    "Anyone who lays out $6 million for a South Beach condo must be smoking some good stuff."

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    December 4, 2008

    Doughnuts and Beer at Scope International Contemporary Art

    Walking into the Scope tent yesterday was like getting smacked in the face with an art stick. You know, in a good way. Inside, it was a visual sensory overload, with way too much for any normal, methamphetamine-free viewer to see in one trip. Riptide felt like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep, rush ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Last Night: David LaChapelle at Wolfgang Roth Gallery

    They're out there: hoity-toity connoisseurs just waiting to tell you that fashion photographers aren't real artists. They'll say, "Bla, bla, bla isn't fine art. Bla, bla, bla isn't thought-provoking... Bla." Then they'll take a sip of free champgne from a plastic cup and check their Blackberries wh ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Trading Turkey for Crack

    If the Kramer vs. Kramer movie script had been written in finger paint and then dunked in a vile of LSD, it would be a lot like Victor-Hugo Vaca's online graphic novel Crackhead Jesus. In the story, the Miami artist satirizes his own courtroom experiences to point out the nastiness of the justice s ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Forecasts for Florida's Economy Are Bleak, Folks

    There needs to be some kind of drinking game tied to breaking news alerts that tell us how grim our financial futures are. It began this morning on the Herald’s website with the news that employment in Florida is at a 15-year high and that it could get worse by next summer. In related news, a ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    The Ethics of Hog Huntin'

    Living in the city can get to you. There are too many people and not enough trees. So this past weekend, in the dark, windy pre-dawn morning, I drove to an eerily quiet, woodsy patch of the everglades to meet two wild boar hunters. These guys – both named Mark – were about as country as you can ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    The Grove Has the Biggest Box

    Photo via Coconut Grove Grapevine Yesterday somebody plunked what looks like a ten-by-eight-foot wooden box down in the middle of CocoWalk, with a sign on it that says, “Open December 9.” Like a bunch of kids at Christmas, Grovites were placing bets on the contents of the mystery package last n ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Democracy Is a Trickster in Race for Property Appraiser

    Former state Sen. Gwen Margolis, age 74, is one unhappy politician. And she’ll tell you why: A runoff is on the way for the position of Miami-Dade’s first elected property appraiser, despite her 72,000-vote lead over Pedro Garcia. “It’s one of the weirdest situations I’ve ever seen,” she ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    Tonic Brings Miami Beach Bad Boy Back from the Dead

    Brad Beckerman, 28, wasn’t always the “wheatgrass-drinking, meditating vegan” he is today. The former escort service-running, gun-toting, DEA-bribing party boy from Miami Beach just launched his own homemade, holistic blend of tonic, made of -- among ingredients we can’t pronounce -- West In ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of October 23, 2008

    "Any story that involves strippers and hip-hop that's not derogatory but informative is cool with me."

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    October 16, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of October 16, 2008

    "I was thinking about letting my daughter enroll at Barry University but have changed my mind big time."

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    October 3, 2008

    Security Meltdown at Barry University

    Something’s up at Barry University. The department in charge of keeping students at the Catholic Miami Shores college from getting raped, mugged, and robbed crumbled this past month. And so far, media hasn’t noticed. Public Safety Executive Director Stanley Young -- and two other top officials ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008

    Tons of Weed and Nobody to Smoke It

    With indoor grow houses taking over the marijuana market, you don’t hear about people smuggling weed into the U.S. much anymore. But this past Saturday, at the Port of Miami, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement found 6,000 pounds of pot in burlap sacks, sent from Jamaica. Were talking about a str ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    Homophobe Media Whizzes Not Doing So Great

    This past week, The Miami Herald blasted a comforting message: The state’s proposed gay marriage ban isn’t doing so hot. Polls show Amendment 2 is lacking up to 19 percent of the voter support it needs to pass in Florida. On top of that, Mayor Manny Diaz, the Miami City Commission, and the Browa ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Flash Your Boobs, Save the Planet

    Courtesy of Political activists of the aging hippie persuasion made a big, naked statement on Miami Beach Saturday to protest what they see as female oppression. The injustice: Men in Miami can go topless on the street but women can’t. Donna Newman, regional president of the prote ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    Documenting the Bi-Sexy Trend

    Miami documentarian Claudia Forestieri is on to something. Or, at least, she’s picked a juicy enough topic for her latest project - which dives into what she calls “the bi-sexy phenomenon.” “A bi-sexy female is someone who is straight, but projects the image of bisexuality because it’s p ... More >>

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    May 31, 2008

    Last Night: Alerta! Miami Indie Showcase at White Room

    Natalie O'Neill Alerta! Miami Indie Showcase Friday, May 30, 2008 White Room, Miami It’s not that indie rock kids can’t dance. It’s just that, at most shows, they spend more time leaning against a wall or sucking down a cigarette than moving to the beat. But not at Alterta Indie Showcase. A ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008

    In Carlos, We Trust

    The boss pays you. time to pay him back.

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