The NYT on the MIA

By | January 26th, 2011 | 1 Comment
1111 Lincoln Road

The NYT's 1111 Lincoln Road piece focused on a recent wedding held on the garage's top floor -- Iwan Baan Photography

As a regular New York Times reader, I haven’t always cared for the Grey Lady’s tone in its Miami coverage. During Art Basel, for example, the paper seemed to seize every opportunity to emphasize the ostensible contradiction of a high art festival set in the low culture tropics (see “An Art Costco for Billionaires”). Because of this history of condescension, I was surprised to see Miami pop up in so many NYT stories this week, and scarcely a back-handed remark in the bunch. They include a gushing review of the New World Symphony’s new Frank Gehry-designed concert hall, a piece on the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage (“an entirely new form … a piece of carchitecture”), and a positive review of “Learning to Die in Miami” by Carlos Eire. There’s also a piece about the grand piano discovered Monday night on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay. That article did contain a mildly snooty quote — “Maybe it was used for a models’ shoot” — but it was a Fort Lauderdale piano peddler who said it, not the Times’ writer. And, you know, he lives in Fort Lauderdale — let him have his kicks.

Here are the stories in chronological order.

1. “More Students Seek Avenues to Gay-Friendly Colleges”

2. “Book Review: Lost Boy”

3. “Gehry Design Plays Fanfare for the Common Man”

4. “A Miami Beach Event Space. Parking Space, Too.”

5. “A Mystery in Black and White on Biscayne Bay”

One Comment on “The NYT on the MIA”

  1. 1 arielle said at 10:38 am on January 27th, 2011:

    NYTimes also had Miami on its list of 41 places to go in 2011, don’t forget that one!

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