• Miami Toros

    The Miami Toros only played for five seasons before moving to Ft Lauderdale and becoming the Strikers in 1977. In their first year, the Toros were called the Gatos, which is Spanish for "cat". The team tried to accommodate a Hispanic market that wasn't really interested in soccer, apparently its founder, John Bilotta, was under the mistaken assumption that Cubans played soccer.

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Miami Toros

The Miami Toros only played for five seasons before moving to Ft Lauderdale and becoming the Strikers in 1977. In their first year, the Toros were called the Gatos, which is Spanish for “cat”. John Bilotta, a Rochester, N.Y., businessman, had mistakenly thought soccer, not baseball, was the national sport of Cuba and that Cubans […]

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Women’s Club

Women’s clubs have played a significant role in Miami’s social and cultural life, going back to about 1900, when the Miami Women’s Club was established as “The Married Ladies’ Afternoon Club.” Other early women’s clubs were founded in Coral Gables in 1923, in Miami Beach in 1926 and in Coconut Grove even earlier. The Miami […]

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Miami Skyline

In years past, Miami’s skyline has been defined by the distinctive silhouette of the Freedom Tower, the I.M Pei-designed CenTrust Savings and Loan building or the arching MacArthur Causeway, connecting Miami Beach to the mainland. More recently, skyscrapers have increasingly populated the horizon and neon has punctuated the tropical night skies. What was once a […]

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Tropic Covers

Take a look at the cover art of the Miami Herald’s award-winning Sunday magazine that ran from 1967 to 1998.

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Metrorail

Two decades in the making, Metrorail was the largest public works project in Florida history. Planning for Metrorail began in 1958. Construction began in June 1979. In 1981, county officials revealed that inflation and construction and land costs had caused the system’s budget to grow from $867 million to $987 million. There was also allegations […]

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Houseboats

Free spirits looking for an aquatic lifestyle and spectacular views created laid-back waterfront communities that have been a staple of South Florida life.  The floating homes were popularized in the 1960s by Travis McGee, the rough and romantic detective who lived on a houseboat and also by a popular TV series called Surfside Six, based […]

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Seaboard Railroad

The rush during the late ’20s was so great that Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast tracks couldn’t handle all the business. So the Seaboard Air Line railroad reached down from North Florida, building stations along the way. On Jan. 8, 1927, a train called the Orange Blossom Special made its first journey into Hollywood and […]

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Wynwood

The Wynwood neighborhood, a local arts mecca and one of Miami’s hippest neighborhoods, was once known as the “golden gate” for Hispanic immigrants. A melting pot of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Haitians, African-Americans, Nicaraguans and Dominicans that had been crippled by a bad image and a deteriorating economy.  In the 1950s, Wynwood — originally spelled Wyndwood […]

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Biscayne Park

Biscayne Park, a tiny triangle-shaped patch of land in Northeast Dade County, is one of Miami’s best kept secrets. In 1931, there were some 85 homeowners in the quiet community, which was the third stage of a development called Griffing-Biscayne Park Estates. Both Miami Shores and North Miami, larger municipal neighbors to the north and […]

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