Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hialeah, a longtime home base for Miami's
Cuban population, lately is attracting a new crowd.
Hialeah, Miami's funky, historically Cuban neighborhood,
lately has emerged as a new hipster hangout.
The LEAH Arts District is an
engine of edginess, a neighborhood of old warehouses destined for artists'
studios featuring street murals by Kazilla and Nicole Salgar.
Throughout the
year, it hosts occasional festivals, with music by Miami stalwarts like Oscar
G, and food trucks from the likes of Ms.
Cheezious coordinated by Burger
Beast.
And now, Hialeah has joined the Art Basel fray, presenting CLIMA—an
Xavier Cortada solo art exhibit concerned with sea level rise and climate
change—at the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment, on view from
November 30 through January 29.
For years, local fashionistas have scoured the Flamingo Plaza mall for
bargains, with the Red, White and Blue Thrift Store being a particular
favorite.
Hialeah has plenty of old-school Cuban restaurants, too, like the
classic Morro Castle, but breaking trend types are flocking to La Fresa
Francesca Petit Café for French fare with a Cuban touch: the seared foie gras
inside a Cuban guava pastry is pretty remarkable.
Hialeah is centered on the forever-beautiful Hialeah Park, a horseracing
track and casino built in the 1920s that's now listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Hialeah Park's resident flock of flamingoes
have given the complex Audubon Bird Sanctuary status: the flamingoes were
featured in the opening credits of Miami Vice, and have remained an iconic
attraction since.
Tom Austin is based in Miami and covers the Florida beat for Travel +
Leisure.
Follow him on Twitter at @TomAustin__.
The hippest new neighborhood in Miami? It's Hialeah, the
city's longtime Cuban enclave.

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