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.