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"I Rode for Lansky"

18 years ago by Jacob Bernstein
Johnny Bev is looking for one last score. Only this time he swears he'll give some of it back to charity. In December Johnny will be 75. Last year he went into Mount Sinai for heart bypass surgery, but that doesn't appear to have slowed him down. Today he's dressed...
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The"Meyer Lanksy" of Miami-Dade Government Goes Down

6 years ago by Francisco Alvarado
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, fraud, grand-theft, extortion and other white-collar...
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Five Local Authors to Catch at the Miami Book Fair

2 years ago by Deirdre Mendoza
If you live in Miami long enough, chances are you have a Miami story. At this year’s Miami Book Fair, there’s no shortage of intriguing tales from authors who’ve documented the highs and lows of the Magic City. New Times has handpicked a shortlist of page-turners uncovering secret haunts, seafront vistas, ventanitas, best buys, and wildlife adventures — all to remind you there’s no place like home.
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Sidewalk Chef's Recipe for Chicken Shashank from his New Book

10 years ago by Jacob Katel
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 before, click here and here to follow the...
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How the Mob's Favorite Restaurateur Escaped Indictment and Saved a South Florida School

2 years ago by Matthew Pearl
Last week's "How One Famed Hollywood Restaurant Became the National Center for the Mob" catalogued the rise of Broward's Gold Coast Restaurant as the Southern headquarters for the mob. This is the conclusion. If Joe Sonken's Gold Coast Restaurant was the white whale for law enforcement in South Florida, Lt...
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How One Famed Hollywood Restaurant Became the National Center for the Mob

2 years ago by Matthew Pearl
Late one Tuesday night, a heavyset man in a worn-out sport coat lumbered out of a sprawling restaurant on Hollywood Beach to his parking spot, the one closest to the building. His basset hounds, Amos and Tillie, tagged along. Even at 78 years old, Joe Sonken was usually the first...
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Bugsy's Boss

9 years ago by Sebastian del Mármol
The Italians have Al Capone. The Colombians claim Pablo Escobar. America has George W. And Jamaica has Gary Oldman in True Romance. Every nationality, ethnicity, and race has its own charismatic villain. The same goes for the Jews. And though “Bugsy” Siegel might have a bit more name recognition, his...
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Blind Pig, a New Speakeasy Concept, Steps Into Former Railroad Blues Space

3 years ago by Zach Schlein
As far as clever and attention-grabbing bar names go, you could certainly do much worse than Blind Pig. This evening will see the bar — named after one of the slang phrases used to describe illegal speakeasies during prohibition — opening its doors for the first time. Self-described as “Miami’s...
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The Seven Weirdest Stories in Florida History

3 years ago by Craig Pittman
Craig Pittman knows a thing or two about weird Florida. A native Floridian, the Tampa Bay Times reporter has spent his career wading through the wacky workings of the Sunshine State. His new book, Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, dives deep into the bizarre...
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Coconut Grove's Mutiny Hotel Was the Cocaine Kingpins' Playground

2 years ago by Roben Farzad
Editor's note: In 1997, Miami New Times published a story by Sean Rowe, "Glorious and Notorious," that helped inspire the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Rowe's piece described the Mutiny Hotel at 2951 S. Bayshore Dr. in Coconut Grove as a mecca for the 1980s' cocaine kingpins, adding this: "Fact always...

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