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 >>
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 >>
Barf target.The fervor against the cute, glossy, and substance-devoid work of Miami pop artist Romero Britto has officially reached a fever pitch. On the heels of New Times staffer Natalie O'Neill's feature on Britto, which explained how somebody with the apparent talent of a leaf of Burge ... More >>
In this week's issue of New Times, Natalie O'Neill profiles artist Romero Britto, a man who Miamians seem to have a love/hate relationship with. Er, well more like some people love him and some people hate him. In the past, we haven't been shy of our disdain for Britto's work -- and it's not about b ... More >>
Natalie O'NeillYesterday was Miami Beach's second annual gay pride parade. It was a blast. Here are some photos.
Legalizing weed would stimulate Florida's economy.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Natalie O'Neill Iggy Pop at OHWOWOn 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 >>
"Most politicians should serve two terms — one in office and one in jail."
Natalie O'Neill AtomikAtomik, 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 >>
"One has to be strong not to do something as extreme as killing oneself."
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?
Von Hautman wont be left exposed and impoverished. A guy like this always finds another victim.
"I am sad to report I lost a few brain cells while reading your article."
"Don't cut nurses; cut managers and administrators. Services will improve very quickly."
This morning in "Death and Tacos" Natalie O'Neill exposed El Toro Taco's fairly recent 53 food inspection critical violations smorgasbord, but where's the link to the report, and how have their reports looked in the past?Here's the link for the past six food inspection reports for routine food ins ... More >>
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 >>
"I surely hope our entire community will show Barry this is intolerable behavior."
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 >>
Experts have said it all along: Sex offenders in transient environments are far more likely to repeat-offend. To say that's the only reason for an alleged sexual battery that occurred Monday is a stretch -- but it certainly didn't help. Miami police charged Julia Tuttle Causeway resident and r ... More >>
"Never have I seen a law that motivates people to break the law more than this one."
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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 >>
"Ever seen pig after pig being bled at a slaughterhouse? I can tell you knife hunting often pales in comparison."
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 >>
"Anyone who lays out $6 million for a South Beach condo must be smoking some good stuff."
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 >>
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 >>
"The article is characteristic of this newspaper's history of petty mockery and character assassination."
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 >>
"Any story that involves strippers and hip-hop that's not derogatory but informative is cool with me."
"I was thinking about letting my daughter enroll at Barry University but have changed my mind big time."
"The python is dangerous and can attack, strangle, and easily kill even a grown man. Why doesn't Selene try hunting pythons?"
A Chinese pathogen has the citrus industry talking apocalypse.
A Miami Artist becomes an accidental witness to manslaughter.
The cost of a cab might go up with the gas.
Grovites decry kiosks as empty vessels.
Artist brings her silicone twin to town for one last romp.
The boss pays you. time to pay him back.
Or is it? With the budget ax hovering, we might never know.
The newspaper of record plays softball with the schools chief.