Nathaniel Sandler http://blog.wlrn.org en How Creative Types Survive And Thrive In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-creative-types-survive-and-thrive-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Making the decision to become an artist, whether in South Florida or elsewhere, is sometimes not an option. Miami based visual artist Kevin Arrow explains, &ldquo;every few months I promise myself to pack it up and take up knitting or building model cars.&rdquo;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:01:50 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 21921 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Creative Types Survive And Thrive In South Florida What $57M In Federal Asset Seizures Might Say About South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-57m-federal-asset-seizures-might-say-about-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">In the last year, over $57 million in illegal assets relating to federal cases in South Florida have been seized by the United States government, according to data provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office in South Florida.</span></p><p>$57,321,390.40 to be exact.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:58:01 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 21070 at http://blog.wlrn.org What $57M In Federal Asset Seizures Might Say About South Florida Why The Arrest Of 3 South Florida Mayors Is Our Fault http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-arrest-3-south-florida-mayors-our-fault <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three South Florida mayors were accused of corruption in August, offering up a salient, cautionary tale for anyone who puts their faith in Miami's elected officials. The mayors from Sweetwater, Miami Lakes, and Homestead represent a triumvirate of questionable behavior, a triple threat of public office tomfoolery and a real world </span>trifecta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of tropical sleaze.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 20414 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Arrest Of 3 South Florida Mayors Is Our Fault How Miami-Based Sktchy App Turns Everybody Into An Artist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-miami-based-sktchy-app-turns-everybody-artist <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">What does an app born from the spirit of Miami look like?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It looks like </span>Sktchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a start up mobile app motivated by </span><a href="http://sketchymiami.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Sketchy Miami</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a blog and series of parties spotted around town two years ago where the goal was to create a portrait of every person in Miami.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:32:06 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 19165 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Miami-Based Sktchy App Turns Everybody Into An Artist Miami, Synchronized Swimming And The Beautiful Ladies Of Verso http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-synchronized-swimming-and-beautiful-ladies-verso <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">If you ever had his ear, you could ask basketball star&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Dwyane</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;Wade how he makes a party classier.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But since you probably </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">don't, you should know that when he celebrated his birthday the day after the Miami Heat won its second championship ring, he invited the ladies of Verso Performance, a local synchronized swimming troupe to perform for his exclusive guests.</span></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:59:07 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 18621 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami, Synchronized Swimming And The Beautiful Ladies Of Verso A High-End Pawnshop For Miami's Rich And Entrepreneurial http://blog.wlrn.org/post/high-end-pawnshop-miamis-rich-and-entrepreneurial <p></p><p>On Northwest 36<sup>th</sup> Street, between Wynwood and the Design District, there’s a wall mural depicting a highly stylized Queen Isabella, the Spanish monarch responsible for fostering Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World.</p><p>The mural is a fitting metaphor for Miami for a few reasons; it’s a city which houses the wealthiest of the world, back-dropped with the mystique of frontier land.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:23:45 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 18506 at http://blog.wlrn.org A High-End Pawnshop For Miami's Rich And Entrepreneurial Why Closing Half Of Miami-Dade's Libraries Is Dumb http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-closing-half-miami-dades-libraries-dumb <p>“Who says that we get to kill all the books,” asked District 10 City Commissioner Javier Soto.</p><p>Miami, apparently, does.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The decision yesterday was made to theoretically close 22 libraries (10 storefronts and 12 branches) as well as lay off 251 employees. This number is presented as the worst-case scenario. While it could be less, the closings are nearly half of the libraries in Miami-Dade.</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 17537 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Closing Half Of Miami-Dade's Libraries Is Dumb How In The World Could Florida Ban Cell Phones? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-world-could-florida-ban-cell-phones <p>Your computer or cell phone, most likely whatever you’re reading this article on right now, could technically be illegal in the State of Florida. Which is great because I’m sick of my cell phone anyway, and often think that going back to the days of just using a pager would streamline my life.</p><p>Though I would be out of a job. And theoretically, so would everyone who uses a computer at work. &nbsp;And all of my personal relationships would be put in serious jeopardy. My mother, bless her, would be very angry.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 17215 at http://blog.wlrn.org How In The World Could Florida Ban Cell Phones? Where Heroes And Nerds Meet: Florida SuperCon http://blog.wlrn.org/post/where-heroes-and-nerds-meet-florida-supercon <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I am a recovering comic book addict that still likes to occasionally hurl himself off the flying wagon, preferably to be saved while assisting Batman foil an evil plan.</span></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:51:28 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 16808 at http://blog.wlrn.org Where Heroes And Nerds Meet: Florida SuperCon Has South Florida Displaced Los Angeles In The World Of American Crime Fiction? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/has-south-florida-displaced-los-angeles-world-american-crime-fiction <p>Everyone knows that South Florida has a seedy underbelly. The American fascination with crime-sex-and-violence-laden stories about South Florida has been going strong for quite some time, particularly on the silver screen.</p><p><em>Miami Vice</em>, paved the way for today’s <em>Magic City</em>, <em>CSI: Miami</em>, <em>The Glades</em>, and <em>Burn Notice</em>. You don’t have to dig deep into contemporary pop cultural output to see that people are intrigued by South Florida’s lure. We’re a rap star mecca, and there’s a party-banging mention of the 305 in a lot of catchy club tracks.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:34:17 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 16067 at http://blog.wlrn.org Has South Florida Displaced Los Angeles In The World Of American Crime Fiction? Heat Swarm Like Piranhas To Beat Spurs In Game Two http://blog.wlrn.org/post/heat-swarm-piranhas-beat-spurs-game-two <p></p><p>Poor Tiago Splitter. He tried so hard to make a teeny dunk. When the Spurs starting center went up to throw one down on Lebron James with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Brazilian got waxed.</p><p>Two plays later Lebron slammed a two-handed dunk off a steal, and it was at that moment you knew the Heat were relentlessly swarming, like a school of frenzied piranhas, and they would not be defeated. Not there and not then.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:44:54 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 15515 at http://blog.wlrn.org Heat Swarm Like Piranhas To Beat Spurs In Game Two Why Miami Heat Fans Must Find Solace In First Loss http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-miami-heat-fans-must-find-solace-first-loss <p></p><p>The opening sequence of last night’s NBA finals game against the San Antonio Spurs summed up the Miami Heat’s 2013 season under the big three of Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.</p><p>An electrifying dunk by Dwyane Wade followed by nine unanswered points and then a grinding hustle to get back in the game. We, as fans, must live and die with the unremitting arc of sports narrative and the sorrowful nosedives of emotion. The 2013 Miami Heat are like Agony and Ecstasy coming over for a dinner party to your apartment.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:18:15 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 15378 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Miami Heat Fans Must Find Solace In First Loss How One Family's Tragedy Became Training For Future Pilots http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-one-familys-tragedy-became-training-future-pilots <p>Life has been difficult this year for one of Wynwood’s most celebrated gallerists.</p><p>Nina Johnson, owner and operator of Gallery Diet, has been emotionally supporting her family through the worst of times.&nbsp;</p><p>In December of 2012, Nina’s brother, Timothy Johnson Jr., a pilot in his free time, was flying alone in a two engine Cessna that took off from Lantana Airport. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His father, Tim Sr., watched the aircraft ascend, falter and go down.</span></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 15264 at http://blog.wlrn.org How One Family's Tragedy Became Training For Future Pilots After Urban Beach Weekend, What Was The Big Deal? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-urban-beach-weekend-what-was-big-deal <p>On Friday evening the Standard Hotel and Spa was completely tented for the weekend, to reopen Sunday, while countless other businesses were closed up on Miami Beach.</p><p>Spiga Restaurant on 12<sup>th</sup> and Collins had a sign stating they were observing Memorial Day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Ostensibly, businesses like Spiga really love the troops, but no one is fooled.</p><p>It seems like Miami Beach abstracted Memorial Day in more ways than one.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:00:01 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 14759 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Urban Beach Weekend, What Was The Big Deal? Where To Learn All About The History Of Ocean Diving http://blog.wlrn.org/post/where-learn-all-about-history-ocean-diving <p>One of the earliest pieces of writing known to humanity is the <em>Epic of Gilgamesh</em>, a Babylonian legend that’s formative to the history of literature.</p><p>In it, Gilgamesh himself attaches stones to his feet, weighing him down to the bottom of the sea, so he could get the Plant of Eternal Youth. It is the first known record of someone plunging to the bottom of the sea on a breath hold dive.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:28:34 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 14498 at http://blog.wlrn.org Where To Learn All About The History Of Ocean Diving