Cose da non perdere: Hialeah

Alcuni italiani non mi hanno mai perdonato un vecchio post che scrissi su Hialeah. E’ un po’ come la faccenda della volpe e dell’uva, ma e’ che io non mi ero mai resa conto di quante cose si potessero fare a Hialeah. Forse perché veramente non ci ero mai stata. Poi negli ultimi giorni ho scoperto un account instagram che raccoglie immagini e storia di Hialeah (le foto qui sotto), due articoli, e una collega che ci teneva a sottolineare che no, lei viveva a Hialeah Gardens e non aveva niente a che fare con l’altro quartiere – tranne il fatto che lei era cubana.

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When our founder Glenn Curtiss first developed our city, he built his home on the Deer Park section of Hialeah, however the land boom of the 20’s got really out of control, so Curtiss decided to try again just across the river, but this time he took a different approach developing “Country Club Estates”(later renamed Miami Springs). The new city was carefully planned, larger lots(1-5 acres), and exclusive with land prices as much as 10X a similar lot in Hialeah. He also went with a themed style of Mission/Pueblo revival. Curtiss built the most magnificent home for himself and named it “Dar-Err-Aha”, Persian for “House of Contentment”. It was completed in 1925, over 30 acres including a pool and a pond filled with flamingos, cranes and swans. The mansion was surrounded by lush gardens, Mrs. Curtiss picked the flowers and trees with the help of famed botanist David Fairchild. The mansion was featured in sales brochures and hosted parties attended by the elite of the times. After Curtiss untimely death in 1930, his wife Lena Curtiss remarried and continued living there until the late 40’s. After that it was sold, becoming a hotel called Miami Springs Villas, but it fell victim to neglect and mismanagement. Eventually it was abandoned and forgotten, it suffered 3 arson fires, vandalism and structural damage; the roof was gone and a Banyan tree was growing out of the kitchen window 😔. Local teens would dare each other to go inside the spooky depilated mansion, tales of the restless ghost of Curtiss or spirits of children who had supposedly been burned alive during a fire became local folklore. On the verge of complete oblivion, a group of volunteers formed the nonprofit “Curtiss Mansion” in the late 90’s and embarked in a long and hard journey that culminated in 2012 with the opening of fully renovated Mansion, a historically important landmark; today you can take a tour and it’s also used as a stunningly beautiful backdrop for weddings 👰. Have you ever been inside? #curtissmansion

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Amelia Earhart Park e’ solo la punta di diamante delle attrazioni di Hialeah. Ad esempio ho appena scoperto un waterpark che dalla descrizione sembra magnifico, voi saprete dirmi molto meglio. Eccovi questo post un po’ serio un po’ faceto, che alla fine bisogna sempre saperci ridere sopra. 

Amelia Earhart Park 

Se avete bambini non potete mancare questo meraviglioso parco pieno di attivita’. Ci passerete una giornata senza alcun problema. Leggi il post su Amelia Earhart Park!

Mcdonald Water Park

via Yelp

Ditemi che questo slow river esiste per davvero.

Leah Arts District

Una piccola Wynwood.

Nooo! Que barato!

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With its bright yellow walls, big red letters and the single most uniquely Hialeah name you could come up with “Ñooo Que Barato” has become synonymous with our city. The store has achieved iconic landmark status despite being relatively new, it opened in 1996 while the famous “Ñooo” sign went up a year later. Serafin Blanco(pic #5) owns the store and credits the name on the beloved catch phrase of comedian Alvares Guede. Mr. Blanco himself came to this country in 1967, a teenager with no money and little family, by the time he was 16 he moved out on his own, left school and started working in garment and textiles “Factorias”. He was a bright kid though and quickly learned the tricks of the trade, he also noticed that nobody was making clothes for the large Cuban exile community, so with a little hustle he started buying excess fabric and making clothes to fill the demand in this underserved market. As it turned out, there was tremendous demand, Blanco seized the moment and in 1992 opened a store called “Clothing Machine” where he slowly added Cuban staples like “Agua de Violetas” and tiny San Lazaro statues. A couple of years later the “Balsero” crisis added tens of thousands of fresh Cuban refugees, most of whom settled in Hialeah. He saw the potential and invested in a larger store, right on the visible corner of Okeechobee Rd and 12 Ave. The store itself has a small fruit stand at the entrance, you can get refreshing juice to cool off and as you enter the warehouse the first thing that greets you is a life-sized San Lazaro statue; inside there are different sections and stores like “Baby Cache”, “El Dollarazo”, cell phone and jewelry stalls. The goods are primarily geared towards family in Cuba, from appliances that work over there, to Cuban school uniforms, this store is a big part of the supply chain of the island. The store is not just a nod to our city’s large Cuban population but also to our great entrepreneurial drive. #hialeah🇨🇺

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Botanica

La prima volta che ho visto questi prodotti in vendita mi sono fatta una risata. Poi ho scoperto la Santeria.

Mack’s Fish Camp

E’ un parco dove andare a vedere gli alligatori con la airboat.

AmerTec building

Garden of the Arts

La didascalia dice “a new cultural / passive park consisting of paved walking trails, historic murals, parking areas, monuments, and a number of other amenities”. Mi e’ sembrato solo un giardino, ma voi saprete dirmi.

Hialeah Park Racing & Gambling

Pizza cubana

Di questa vi avevo parlato qui.

Spero abbiate apprezzato questa panoramica su cultura e costumi di Hialeah. Per chi fosse interessato da li’ a raggiungere Sau Beech consideri circa 30 minuti.

Foto in apertura We are mitú 

Non ce l’ho piu’ con gli inglesiresistenti eh, quella fase l’ho passata da un pezzo. D’altronde ho scelto appositamente l’immagine che ricorda gli italianissimi tiri di ciavatte.

Altri interessanti spunti in questo articolo del Miami Herald, tra cui l’albergo a ore dove portare la tipa sedotta con la pozione magica.

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