• If he didn’t live here … “There’s nowhere else to live,” but probably Boston, San Francisco or Seattle.
• Why you should know her: Cohen is founder of the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell
Research and was a WebMD 2009 Health Hero alongside the likes of Scarlett Johansen. In a
wheelchair since a 1992 car crash, she’s an advocate for stem cell research.
• How long she’s been here: 33 years (she was born at Mount Sinai Medical Center).
• Favorite Miami Beach hangout: The Starbucks at Lincoln Road and Meridian Avenue.
• Favorite Miami Beach moment: Discovering the Sunset Harbour neighborhood where she lives.
• Favorite playlist song: Man in the Mirror, by Michael Jackson.
• If she didn’t live in Miami Beach, she’d … live in New York City.
ROBERT “RAVEN” KRAFT
• Why you should know him: Best known as Raven, Kraft runs eight miles on the beach each day, his
ritual since 1975. He logged his 100,000th mile in 2009 and continues to run, often with a following.
• How long he’s been here: Since 1955.
• Favorite Miami Beach hangout: The Fifth Street lifeguard stand, where his daily run begins.
• Favorite Miami Beach moment: Running during Hurricane Irene.
• Favorite playlist song: Waylon Jennings’ Are you sure Hank done it this way?
• If he didn’t live here, he’d … be “dead.”
• Why you should know him: Sawitz and his family have owned Joe’s Stone Crab, a South Beach
landmark, since 1913.
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In the know
By David Smiley - The Miami Herald
PEOPLE TO KNOW
MATTI HERRERA BOWER
• Why you should know her: Bower has been mayor since 2007, and is the
longest tenured member of the Miami Beach City Commission.
• How long she’s been here: About 35 years.
• Favorite Miami Beach hangout: Lincoln Road Mall
• Favorite Miami Beach moment: “When we finally got historic preservation” for the
Art Deco District, which made the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
• Favorite song on playlist: Anything Puccini.
• If she didn’t live here, she’d … be in Manhattan.
• Why you should know him: Sosa is founder and president of Unity Coalition, a
gay-oriented Hispanic lobbying group. He’s also chairman of Miami Beach’s
Historic Preservation Board.
• How long he’s lived on Miami Beach: 25 years.
• Favorite Miami Beach hangout: South Pointe Park during the day and Bar 721 at
• Favorite Miami Beach moment: “When Pavarotti sang on the beach” in 1995.
• Favorite playlist song: Anything by The Beatles.
• How long he’s been here: Since 1993.
• Favorite Miami Beach hangout: His girlfriend’s balcony at South Pointe Tower.
• Favorite Miami Beach moment: “Right after Hurricane Wilma, when we were able to feed the police
and the firemen who had been working 24-7 for several days.”
• His favorite song: A ir on a G String, by Johan Sebastian Bach.
• If he didn’t here … “There’s nowhere else to live. I’d rather be dead.”
PLACES TO GO
(1933 Meridian Ave.)
• Why you should go: The memorial is possibly the most thought-provoking place on Miami Beach, a
city known more for partying and glam than retrospect.
• Who you’ll see there: Holocaust survivors, schoolchildren and anyone interested in reflecting on
one of the world’s most horrific events.
• Best time to visit: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Info: 305-538-1663, www.holocaustmmb.com
NEW WORLD CENTER
(500 17th St.)
• Why go: The newly opened home for the New World Symphony is designed by world-renowned
architect Frank Gehry. It features numerous spaces for performances and presentations, a flexible
hall and a 7,000-square-foot projection wall on the outside of the building that displays stage
performances or even movies to visitors of SoundScape park.
• Who you’ll see there: Musicians and music lovers.
• Best time to visit: Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
• Info: 305-673-3331, www.nws.edu
LINCOLN ROAD MALL
(on Lincoln Road between Alton Road and Washington Avenue)
• Why go: With fashion boutiques, eateries, bars, clubs and theaters, the 50-year-old outdoor mall
offers something for everyone.
• Who you’ll see there: Tourists, locals and street vendors.
• Best time to visit: The mall is as good for breakfast as it is for afternoon shopping, dinner or
a night out.
• Info: 786-343-4380, www.
• Why go: Soft sand. Hard bodies. Blue-
• Who you’ll see there: Do you really need
• Best time to visit: Sunrise to sunset, on
the weekends if crowds are your thing,
during the weekday if you like a quiet
• Info: www.miamiandbeaches.
(north of 5th Street)
• Why go: A brisk walk from the beach,
Ocean Drive is the hub of an entertainment
district that led National Geographic to
declare Miami Beach one of the top 10
beach cities in the world.
• Who you’ll see there: Tourists, locals and
perhaps a celebrity or two.
• Best time to visit: Weekends 11 p.m.-4 a.
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