… Well, some parts of Miami.
SOTRU got back a little while ago from a week of reporting in the Magic City, filled with stories from so many pockets of Miami, from Little Havana to Little Haiti, the streets of Overtown to the sands of South Beach. A lot of people told us that Miami feels more a part of Latin America or the Caribbean than the U.S.—and you can feel that, from the waitress addressing you first in Spanish, then in English, to the men on the sidewalk hacking open green coconuts with a machete, so you can drink the juice straight from the husk with a straw.
There’s another part of Miami that felt unlike the U.S. I know. And, to get a taste of this particular alternate reality, the best time of the week is early on a Sunday morning. Say, 7 a.m. It’s just after dawn, the birds are singing… and in Miami’s hottest 24-hour-a-day clubs, the dance floor is packed.
Yes, that’s right, as some people are getting ready for Sunday church services or sleeping in, there’s a whole community in Miami that’s getting down. Daylight be damned.
At Club Space in downtown Miami, doorman extraordinaire Alan T was still assessing the outfits of people attempting to get beyond the velvet rope. He told me the crowd is a little different at this time of the morning than on a Saturday night—the first shift is straighter, the second shift is “multisexual.” And the early morning clubbers dress a little differently—“hotter,” Alan T says, “definitely hotter.” Gives a whole new meaning to dressing up in your “Sunday best…”
For more on Miami, check out our spring season of episodes, coming out soon…