Neighborhoods

Seeing St. Augustine, One Bar at a Time

Words by Briana Pereira   Who doesn’t love a good bar crawl? Especially in a city where there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of the breweries or love a fancy cocktail, St. Augustine has it all. For my crawl I stuck to the historic district and tried to hit some of the spots that caught my eye, but there are plenty of others that didn’t make it on my list this visit that will be mentioned below.   I tried to make my visit to the city as easy as possible by following what one may call a  …

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Rally 904: How Dean Grant Serves up Community in Atlantic Beach

Words and photos by Travis Zittrauer While the last few months have brought families together around the dinner table, Dean Grant has been working hard to bring the Jacksonville community around a different kind of table: a table that is 9 feet long and 5 feet wide. Rally 904, which opened in October, is a ping pong bar located off Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach. What used to be Grant’s mixed martial arts gym once lined wall-to-wall with training mats has transformed into a space lined with tables and dedicated to the art and sport of ping pong. The transition …

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The Effects of Redlining and Food Deserts in Jacksonville 

  Words by Kelila Ritchie In a city where Whole Foods, Publix and Fresh Market can amicably exist within a three-mile radius from each other; just on the other side of a connecting bridge, an entire community struggles to make ends meet daily.     This is the situation in District 7. One of the largest districts in Jacksonville and arguably, the most underserved community in Jacksonville, District 7 includes northwest Jacksonville (also known as the Northside) historic Eastside, Downtown and surrounding areas. It’s also the result of redlining, which leads to food deserts, among other things.   REDLINING During the …

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New Cummer Museum Fall Art Exhibits

Words and photos by Ambar Ramirez Unveiling Tradition: Tattoos in Japanese Prints   Contrary to what some may believe, tattoos became mainstream well before the 21st century. And no, I am not referring to the 1970s when tattoos started to become socially acceptable and a fashionable trend. I’m talking about the 18th and 19th centuries in Edo (known today as Tokyo) where there exists visual evidence of tattoos and tattoo motifs.    Last month, the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens unveiled one of its new fall exhibitions to the public. Curated by Sarah Thompson, curator of Japanese Art, “Tattoos …

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Welcome Aboard

Shipyard Social takes the concept of a party to uncharted waters. Words by Ambar Ramirez   My weekend nightlife routine has consisted of going to the beach bars, Silent Disco at Rootdown or simply staying in, so when I got an extended (and slightly vague) invite to a party on a ship, I have to admit I was intrigued. And not that it takes much to convince me to try something new, as I am an Aquarius after all, but when I learned that this wasn’t just any ordinary party on a boat, but Shipyard Social — a Halloween-themed party …

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 Raising the Bar: Hardwicks

Words by Kelila Ritchie   “Refreshing, welcoming and different.”   These are three words Sarah Merritt used to describe her new gig as a bartender at Hardwicks Bar. Located in the Elbow District Downtown (in the old London Bridge space), Hardwicks is the perfect place to go if you want to feel like you’re in an ’80s film with disco balls and strobe lights. And with a full liquor bar, beer, wine, seltzer, cocktails and shots are all on the menu.   My favorite thing, for sure, about this establishment is the freedom it holds. It’s a place where people …

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Pesca Vilano

Words by Jessica Walton The latest addition to North Florida’s fine dining landscape is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly. Located inside the modern, beachside Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach, Pesca Vilano focuses on “globally inspired coastal cuisine with bold Latin flavors and fresh from Florida ingredients.” Chef Michael Lugo combines his Puerto Rican heritage and love of seafood (“pesca” is Spanish for “fishing”) in a gorgeous space with an almost 360-degree view of St. Augustine and Vilano Beach. Not surprising, the menu is heavy on seafood with entrees including whole roasted snapper, Chilean sea bass …

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Welcome to the Gayborhood

  Words by Kelila Ritchie Rainbows, loud music, infectious laughter, dance parties in the middle of the street. River City Pride is the place to be every October. It’s something I personally look forward to every single year. People from so many different walks of life, dancing together, drinking together, taking pictures together. It’s a day for everyone who participates to just be without fear of judgment. In either direction you look, you see people just thoroughly enjoying themselves. We don’t see a lot of that these days. So anytime I’m able to squeeze in some dopamine boosting experiences, I’m …

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Let’s Talk About Period Poverty

Words by Su Ertekin-Taner   Alyx Carrasquel wasn’t surprised when I told her an estimated 500 million people lack access to menstrual hygiene products and facilities (according to worldbank.com). As a 27-year-old reproductive justice advocate, she expected as much, citing the stigma around periods and absence of legislation making period products free as the cause of this period poverty.    But Carrasquel doesn’t want period poverty, defined as menstruators’ struggle to access and afford menstrual hygiene products, to be a universally accepted truth. She wants change.    For the local activist, combating period poverty begins with community care and conversation. …

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Behind the Minds of Florida Fin Fest 

Words by Carmen Macri    If there is one thing Jacksonville loves more than its beaches, it’s a free festival. So, it comes as no surprise that our charming coastal town has eagerly embraced the arrival of the free marine conservation festival, Fin Fest.   As we embark on the third year of Fin Fest, its fundamental mission remains unwavering: to harmoniously blend the worlds of ocean education and entertainment. The aim is to not only enrich our understanding of marine life but also illuminate the ways our daily routines influence these delicate ecosystems.   But before we delve too …

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