Miami Celebrates Bike Culture: The Seven Coolest Events of Bike305 Month

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Kids riding during Bike305 month.
As the tentacles of rush hour further their reach until they've devoured hours of your day, more and more Miamians are opting in bike culture. Life on two wheels has to be better than the rage-inducing time suck known as driving in the 305.

The municipalities of Miami are on board with this surge in bike culture, and Bike305 Month is the city's way of showing their support. This month, a whole host of cycling-centric events are kicking off, from bike polo to night rides. Check out the seven coolest events on the calendar.

See also: The Ten Best Places to Bike in Miami

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Ten Other Things Miamians Should Stop Doing

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Lookin' good, Miami.
People from around these parts often describe themselves as having a love/hate relationship with Miami. It is, after all, not a city without fault. But for the most part, the faults we spend most of our time complaining about are not with the city, but with the people who either call it home or a place to stay. Might as well give credit where credit is due and call out the perpetrators who put the less lovable parts of Miami in motion.

To do that, New Times has compiled a list of ten other things Miamians do that make us crazy, make us cringe, or make us do a bit of both. See what we put on blast after the jump.

See also: Seven Things Miamians Should Stop Doing

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Seven Things Miamians Should Stop Doing

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Miami Beach, art deco
Miami is the hottest thing to emerge from a swamp since Jennifer Lopez in Anaconda. The city's friendly neighbor Doral just hosted 88 of the world's hottest women for the Miss Universe Pageant. Beacons of hotness Debbie Harry and Eva Mendes are natives.

In short, Miami is hot. But a lot of locals and outsiders forget the cool stuff this town is known for as well. Miami Beach has the largest collection of art deco architecture in the world. The city of Miami is the only major metro area in the United States to be planned by a woman (sup, Julia Tuttle!). Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. So why does the 305 produce such mixed feelings from visitors?

Well, Miami has been called rude. A lot.

It ranked high on the list of America's rudest cities by Travel + Leisure, and Miami's reputation for terrible drivers is well known and pretty universally accepted.

But for transplants -- newbies attempting to make the Magic City their home -- maybe there are a few things Miamians could improve upon or maybe give up altogether.

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Ten Ways The Walking Dead Would Be Different If It Were Set in Miami

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This Sunday night, The Walking Dead returns for the second half of season five. It got me thinking: What if The Walking Dead were set in Miami? Yes, this is a thing I have spent time thinking about, mainly because so many details in the original are so ridiculously Georgia-specific.

If The Walking Dead were in Miami, multiple things would change, some for the better and some for the worse. Here are a few ways I dream The Walking Dead Miami could go.

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18 Things to Do in Miami Before You Turn 30

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Photo by George Martinez
This is you. This is your life.
People say Florida is where old people go to die, and maybe that's right, because Miami is basically nothing like the rest of Florida. We are a city made for the young and beautiful. Good luck enjoying this town if you're not one of us.

In case you are, there are plenty of things you have to soak up while you still can. Your teens and 20s are the years you're not only allowed but also required to make some bad decisions.

Miami is all about bad decisions. Some of these bad decisions are actually very good ones, and we compiled our favorites into a simple guide. Seize the day, stay up all night, rinse, repeat.

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Ten Best Cosplayers at Universal Orlando's A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015

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Photo by Carolina del Busto
Fans from all over gathered last weekend at Universal Studios Orlando's A Celebration of Harry Potter. The annual event provided the opportunity for Harry Potter devotees to mingle with fellow aficionados and actors from the movies, and was nothing short of magical.

It was like a scene straight out of the movies with hundreds of people dressed in either a yellow, green, blue, or burgundy-lined black cloak. If you didn't know any better, you would have thought it was a Hogwarts field trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Some simply had a robe over their usual Muggle attire, while others fashioned the entire school uniform, but it was fans who got a creative with their outfits who really stood out. Buying a robe is easy, but these cosplayers really conjured up some awesome fabric-weaving magic.

Here are the best cosplayers at Universal Orlando's A Celebration of Harry Potter.

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The Five Most Dramatic Telenovelas Filmed in Miami

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Dueños del Paraiso is now airing on Telemundo.
Miami has been the fictional home of some of television's most iconic television shows: The Golden Girls, Crockett and Tubbs, and Dexter all lived in the Magic City. But if those are the only shows you can think of, then you're missing an entire genre of amazing television filmed in Miami: the telenovela.

Romance, action, and -- most importantly -- drama are central to the telenovela. "Over the top" is a good thing when it comes to novelas -- the bigger or the louder, the better. Admit it, the manufactured passion and intrigue are your secret guilty pleasure. You like it when she slaps him across the face! He deserved it! iClaro que si! Even if you don't speak the language, the telenovela's melodrama transcends language.

Aqui en Miami, our Latin flare is put to good use to spice up some drama on the small screen. Therefore, we felt the urge to compile a list of the five most dramatic novelas filmed in Miami (but, c'mon, aren't they all escandaloso?). And really, is there any place better suited to such over-the-top drama than our beautiful city?

See also: The VONA/Voices Workshop, Founded by Junot Diaz, Relocates to Miami

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2014's Best Street Art in Wynwood

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CBS Crew 2014
Searching for inner peace in outer space.
The streets of Wynwood are one of the 7 great wonders of the art world. With over 1,000 new pieces spray painted each year, it has quickly become one of the most densely muralized neighborhoods in the world.

And while life goes on in the urban core, these paintings bear witness to the trials and tribulations, exultant shrieks of joy; and the love, pain and passion which further characterize human existence.

Somewhere between the glow of the sun, and the wet heat, the pigment comes to life. You need to experience this phenomenon in physical reality, but if you're stuck behind a screen, here are the ten best pieces of Wynwood street art for 2014.

See also: The Best Art of 2014: The Magic City's Visual Arts Scene Attracted Major Headlines

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The Ten Best Things About Santa's Enchanted Forest

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By force of copyright, "the most magical place on Earth" can only describe Walt Disney theme parks, but the most magically-Miami place on Earth is without a doubt Santa's Enchanted Forest.

If you're really from South Florida, you've got a story. Either you grew up taking in the lights and free rides, or you grow up and wander in with some friend who can't believe you've never been there before, only to discover that the most deliciously-ratchet children's park of all time is also incredibly fun for adults.

Don't believe us? Who are you? Some kind of fun mizer? Just check out all the awesome stuff Santa's has in store.

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The Ten Best Things to Do at Miami Book Fair International

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It's the most wonderful time of the year for book nerds: Christmas, Mardi Gras, and New Year's Eve rolled into one glorious week to charm and delight South Florida's bibliophiles. The Miami Book Fair International has almost arrived.

But with a massively long schedule of awesome events and only one of you (unless you've perfected cloning, in which case, we salute you), it's tough to decide what literary fetes are most deserving of your precious time.

So, to make life easier, here's our list of the top ten can't-miss book fair events. (Note: We didn't delve too far into the author readings; there are too many of those to pick from and that's a choose-your-own-adventure kind of deal.)

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