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Iowa, LSU fans line Tampa streets for Outback Bowl Parade
10 News – December 31, 2013
It was a sea of gold and purple Tuesday as Iowa and LSU fans lined the streets of Tampa's historic 7th Avenue in Ybor City for the annual Outback Bowl Parade. Marching bands from 15 high schools across the country joined in the festivities along with both college bands and cheerleading squads. Read more from 10 News.

TECO trolley to run until 1 a.m. New Year’s Day
Tampa Tribune - December 30, 2013
The TECO Line Streetcar will operate on an extended New Year’s Eve schedule from noon Tuesday until 1 a.m. Wednesday. The streetcar will provide transportation between major downtown and Ybor City New Year’s Eve events, while city parking garages adjacent to Ybor City streetcar stations offer an alternative to parking downtown. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Cristino's pizza flips for Ybor
Tampa Bay Times – December 24, 2013
A visit to an Ybor City bakery-turned-museum reminded Joe, Marco and Lenny Cristino of the brick oven they designed and had built for Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza. Ybor's Old World charm influenced their second restaurant, which opened Dec. 14 on Eighth Avenue near 17th Avenue. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Postal workers make a magical delivery to a Tampa family
ABC Action News – December 24, 2013
Personal letters addressed to Santa are commonplace for the post office this time of year. "Sometimes we wonder what they want.  My carriers are out there on a daily basis on the street.  They're in the communities," said Ybor City postal station manager Chris Farlow. So, the postal workers from the Ybor City station wanted to make a difference for one of the families they deliver to each day. Read more from ABC Action News.

Tampa man pushes independence for disabled people

Tampa Tribune - December 21, 2013
The rewards of helping other people explain some of the joy behind his smile. But there’s another source, somewhere in the playful, wicked banter around the table they keep for him at his favorite haunt: the dark and spacious King Corona Cigars cafe and bar in the heart of Ybor City. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Crosstown Connector ReDirects Tampa's Urban Traffic
83 degrees - December 17, 2013
Ybor City business owners and residents are eager to have trucks banished from the heart of Tampa's most historic district. On any given day, 18-wheelers and flat-bed haulers rumble along 21st and 22nd streets at a steady clip kicking up dust and debris. Read more from 83 degrees.

International food distributor off to a fast start in Ybor
Tampa Bay Business Journal - December 13, 2013
International food distribution company AA-USA had a busy first year in Ybor City and is running the 32,000-square-foot warehouse “within a few pallets of full capacity,” according to Dave Crawford, the company’s director of sales and marketing. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Secret or not, Beaune's Wine Bar is a wine lover's paradise in Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times – December 12, 2013
Here's the scoop: Beaune's Wine Bar is a classy, romantically lit lounge that's attached to West Palm Wines, a retail wine shop specializing exclusively in wines from the Old World and South America. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Young South Tampa actor's movie debuts in Ybor City
Tampa Tribune – December 11, 2013
L.J. Ruth's picture has appeared on billboards, advertisements and even boxes of strawberry fruit bars. Now, the 9-year-old South Tampa resident has the lead role of Ethan in an independent short film production, “Show & Tell,” premiering at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Muvico Centro Ybor 20. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

La Russa on Hall lineup card forever
Tampa Tribune - December 9, 2013
Here’s to Tampa’s Tony La Russa. Here’s to a Hall of Famer. Here’s to Ybor City, and West Tampa, and Jefferson High School, and Tampa Pony League and American Legion Post 248. Here’s to a USF graduate. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

City seeks proposals for Ybor City land
Tampa Tribune - December 6, 2013
Mayor Bob Buckhorn has put out a call for developers with ideas for turning a vacant city-owned lot in Ybor City into a hotel. The city is also looking for someone to build multi-family housing on another city-owned property in the same area. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Honor for Ybor matron long overdue
Tampa Tribune - December 6, 2013
In a town that likes to put statues and plaques up wherever there's some extra space, this one is overdue. I'd put one up for Ferrara on spirit — which she had in enormous quantities — alone. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Runners in Speedos raise money, awareness for AIDS in Ybor
Tampa Tribune – December 1, 2013
Runners in Speedos and Santa hats hit the streets of Ybor City on Sunday for a one-mile fun run to benefit Brighter Seasons for Children and AIDS Service Association of Pinellas.
Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Fight Doctor's last round
Tampa Bay Times – November 29, 2013
In his studio, Ferdie Pacheco stares at the canvas and picks up his brush. Another friend from his youth has passed away. Time to summon a memory. Ferdie dips the brush, applies a dab of paint to old No. 35. It seems impossible to him that Rick Casares is gone. Casares, the pride of Ferdie's old neighborhood in Ybor City and the legendary Chicago Bears running backRead more from Tampa Bay Times.

Some say 'no thanks' to Thanksgiving dinner at home
My Fox Tampa Bay – November 28, 2013
The Coletti family is bucking the turkey tradition. They were among the packed house at the Columbia in Ybor City today. Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay.

25 great Christmas gifts for $20 or less
Tampa Bay Times - November 26, 2013
So, for this year’s tbt* Holiday Gift Guide, instead of scouring bargain-basement retailers and tiptoeing around luxury-goods boutiques, we decided to stick to a single price point. Ybor City retailers Agora and Black & Denim make the list of 25 great gifts for around $20 apiece. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Ybor City presents "Snow on 7th"
Examiner – November 24, 2013
Ybor City's 2nd Annual "Snow on 7th" Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Holiday inspired entertainment will take place at 6:00pm with the main event, the parade, beginning at 7:00pm. Snow will fall on parade-goers throughout the parade route ongoing down 7th Avenue and between 15th and 17th Streets to create a true winter wonderland. Read more from Examiner.

Police: crime down, shootings rare now in Ybor City
My Fox Tampa Bay – November 22, 2013
"There's just a feeling of safety down here," added Jason Fernandez, who owns several restaurants in the area. "There always are going to be the criminals that prey on people that they feel are easy targets.” Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay.  


Tequilas brings south-of-the-border flavor to Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times – November 20, 2013
The interior was striking, though, with lofty ceilings and a back-wall façade of cutouts painted in bright colors that were designed to make the place look like the courtyard of an old Mexican village. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Cuba delegation tours Ybor of revolutionary Martí
Tampa Tribune – November 19, 2013
A quiet visit to Ybor City last week provided another reminder of the historic connection: A delegation from the island nation, in Tampa for rare talks on cross-Caribbean cooperation, slipped away for an hour to see the haunts of José Martí — the Cuban revolutionary who made Tampa his second home in the late 1800s. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Tree-lighting ceremony is free family fun
Tampa Tribune - November 18, 2013
Head out to Ybor City on Wednesday night for a free Rockefeller Center-style tree lighting ceremony. The festivities get started at 6:15 p.m. at the Centro Ybor courtyard, when Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Santa Claus will light up the 34-foot tree. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Tampa seeks hotel, multi-family project proposals in Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times - November 14, 2013
With developers sniffing around Ybor City, Tampa officials plan to seek proposals for two pieces of city land, one of them a potential hotel site at the historic district's front door. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Smashing start for Tampa Baseball Museum
10 News - November 13, 2013
The future museum that will show off Tampa Bay's ties to America's pastime got a smashing start Wednesday. Saved from an I-4 widening project and moved a mile down the road, a modest, weather-worn home will capture Tampa's baseball past. Read more from 10 News or watch the video below.




T+L's Ultimate Guide to Florida
Travel + Leisure - November 2013
Tampa, like Jacksonville, is an urban revelation of DIY cool, commencing with the patinaed Ybor City area. At my hotel, the Don Vicente Historic Inn ($), a group of young women are setting up an old-school-themed bridal shower, with oranges and trinkets for place settings. Read more from Travel + Leisure.

Tampa Bay: A region rich in outdoor allure
The Jerusalem Post - November 10, 2013
Most of the early Jewish settlers in Tampa first came to Ybor City and set up businesses. Some entered the cigar industry. At the same time, the Spanish-American War in 1898 brought prosperity to local businessmen. Read more from The Jerusalem Post.

Five Historical Cruises in Florida
Boating Magazine – November 5, 2013
El Centro Español de Tampa is a historic building in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, in the U.S. state of Florida. Built as an ethnic and cultural clubhouse in 1912, the red brick structure situated at 1526–1536 East 7th Avenue is today part of a shopping and entertainment complex. Read more from Boating Magazine.

Hundreds from one of Ybor’s first families gather for reunion
Tampa Tribune – November 3, 2013
The occasion was the reunion of one of the first families of Ybor City and kin from as far away as California were here to celebrate 110 years of being in America. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Three restaurateurs have new projects simmering
Tampa Bay Times – November 1, 2013
Three of the Tampa Bay area's celebrated restaurateurs are expanding their empires, launching fresh concepts in upcoming months that bring something new to the table… In Ybor City, veteran Jason Fernandez (Bernini, Carne ChopHouse) has just taken over Tequilas at 1613 E Seventh Ave. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Choose your experience for the Cigar Heritage party
Examiner.com – October 31, 2013
Building on 14 years of tradition, the Ybor City Museum Society (YCMS) will host the Cigar Heritage Party, a smoker in the garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park on Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Read more from Examiner.com.

Beds hit Ybor streets for Fantasma Halloween event
Tampa Tribune – October 26, 2013
Seventh Avenue was family-friendly Saturday afternoon, with the returning Fantasma Fest this year adding a bed race to its week-long celebration of Halloween. It was is the second year for Fantasma, a partial replacement for Guavaween, which launched in 1985 as a free-spirited mix of political satire and Halloween silliness. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Sean Daly explores Ybor City's ghostly population
ABC Action News – October 26, 2013
Ybor City is known for it's rich Cuban history and it's cigars, but it's starting to make name for itself that might spook some. Joe Howden runs Ybor City's ghost tours and joined our Sean Daly this morning to discuss two of the alleged most haunted places in Ybor. Read more from ABC Action News or watch the video below.


Fantasma Fest brings zombie prom, bed races to Ybor City
Tampa Tribune – October 23, 2013
Entering its second year, Fantasma Fest is redefining how Ybor City celebrates Halloween.
Organized by the Ybor Merchants Association's 32 members, the Fantasma Fest focuses on a series of family-friendly and wholesome adult Halloween activities running through Halloween. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Guavaween returns as ‘kinder, gentler’ festival
Tampa Tribune – October 23, 2013
Raucous revelers beware. The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is planning a “kinder, gentler” Guavaween festival this year, said Tom Keating, president and chief executive of the chamber. “We’ve really calmed it down this year,” said Keating of the Saturday Guavaween festival. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Guavaween, Fantasma Fest keep the Halloween spirits alive in Ybor
Tampa Bay Times – October 21, 2013
Guavaween isn't what it used to be. The once raucous parade and party is now a costume contest.
But Ybor City still aims to be the place to be on the weekend before Halloween with lots of events for Fantasma Fest. (Fantasma is the Spanish word for ghost.) Gone are the fences and admission charges. Alcohol will be contained to Ybor merchants. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Best Halloween Neighborhoods in America
AOL Travel – October 21, 2013
One tradition that remains: a themed costume contest hosted by Mama Guava, the festival’s offbeat mascot. First prize is $1,000. Read more from AOL Travel.

Splashes with coffee and tobacco highlight the history of Ybor
Centro Tampa – October 20, 2013
Four decades ago, the hands of Arnold Martinez were the order of the day installing and maintaining meters lighting networks for Tampa Electric Company. It was in 1970 and with it, came the winds of change. Read more from Centro Tampa.

Guavaween returns to outdoor concert format
Tampa Bay Business Journal – October 18, 2013
Ybor City Halloween fest Guavaween will feature old and new elements when it returns for the 28th year on Oct. 26. The 2013 event will have an outdoor concert and costume contest with a $1,000 prize. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

10 seasonal beers to drink this fall around Tampa
Tampa Tribune - October 15, 2013
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s Midnight Crossing makes the list of 10 must-try fall brews you can get in the Tampa area right now. The Ybor City restaurant/microbrewery introduced this seasonal black IPA in 2012. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Ghost Tour brings the spooky stories of Ybor City to life
ABC Action News – October 5, 2013
As the sun sets along Seventh Avenue, Ybor City's Dark side starts to shine. And Joe Howden couldn't be happier. Joe is the man behind what has to be one of the coolest walking tours in town: Showing off the Ghosts of Ybor City, and telling their stories. Read more from ABC Action News.


Streetcar Fest features 25 cent rides
The Tampa Tribune – October 2, 2013
Looking for a cheap way to spend a Tampa Saturday? On Saturday, Oct. 12, tour the Ybor City district by hopping the streetcar line for just 25 cents a ride. Fares normally cost about $1.25 - $2.50 each way. From 10 a.m. until 1:30 a.m., enjoy live music and entertainment plus discounts and special offers from businesses along the streetcar line. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Al Lopez House turned over to Ybor Museum Society
The Tampa Tribune – October 2, 2013
The creation of the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House moved forward recently with the presentation of the keys and the transfer of the deed to a nonprofit organization. The city of Tampa transferred ownership to the Ybor City Museum Society in a Sept. 23 ceremony, attended by government officials and supporters of the project. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Otto: TV program showcases the weird world of Ybor
The Tampa Tribune – September 23, 2013
So Ybor is different. You already knew that. I know people who think it might be a little too different, but they are missing out. It’s not just that Ybor City is a place as it is a setting for some of the more unusual characters that ever were and maybe still are. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Experimental Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City closes; new plans in works
The Tampa Tribune – September 24, 2013
The Roosevelt 2.0 experimental retail and art/craft space in Ybor City has closed down and will likely be replaced by a new bar serving perhaps the hippest drinks around: Hard cider and the alcoholic beverage mead. Read more The Tampa Tribune.

Al Lopez baseball museum set to open in Ybor City
My Fox Tampa Bay - September 23, 2013
The Ybor Museum Society and many local leaders turned out Monday to accept the key and the deed to his home, and to talk about how important the Tampa Baseball Museum is to our local sports history. Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay or watch the video below.

Scaled-back Guavaween to include costume contest
Tampa Tribune – September 19, 2013
For the second year in a row, Ybor City’s Guavaween festival will take place without its traditionally debaucherous parade. The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that the Guavaween costume contest would return for its 28th year, but not the parade it had hoped to bring back to the annual Halloween festival. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Two memorial parks approved for construction in Ybor City
Tampa Tribune – September 19, 2013
The Barrio Latino Commission has given approval to two memorial parks; one honoring victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks and the other in recognition of Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Cigar factory origins endure in newspaper
Tampa Tribune – September 15, 2013
This was Tampa, 1913, and Victoriano Manteiga was fresh from Cuba. Becoming a lector was his first opportunity in this new world of America and Ybor City. Read More from Tampa Tribune.

A fierce runway at TBFW's Cocktails & Couture show
Tampa Bay Times - September 17, 2013
Sunday's Cocktails & Couture fashion and hair show at the Ritz Ybor started with models in casual Lululemon sweats and ended with the Dark Queen of Realness in a black gown and spiked crown, hands clasped around a golden skull. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Places to Experience Hispanic Heritage Month
TravelChannel.com - September 16, 2013
Hundreds of national park sites and cities nationwide, from Florida’s Ybor City to California’s Santa Barbara Mission, highlight the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Latino-Americans with roots in Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South Americas. Read more from the Travel Channel.

Tampa’s Festival del Sabor celebrates Hispanic culture
Tampa Tribune - September 14, 2013
More than 8,000 festival-goers spent their afternoon in Ybor City Centennial Park, perusing vendors’ booths and watching the dance and musical performances. Orlando Nieves, general manager of Centro, said the festival helps Hispanic residents of Tampa preserve the culture, traditions and language of the countries from which they and their families came. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Bad luck takes backseat to Fri. 13th streetcar wedding
10 News - September 13, 2013
Elizabeth and Blake had quite the unique ceremony as their guests boarded the Streetcar at the Marriott Hotel & Marina Station, picked them up at the station near Hattricks Tavern downtown and then literally took the ride of their life into Ybor. Read more from 10 News.

Hispanic Heritage celebration ready in Ybor
Tampa Bay Times - September 10, 2013
Tampa Hispanic Heritage Inc.’s official kick-off will be at CENTRO Tampa’s eighth annual Festival del SABOR, a celebration of food, music and art. The event, set for noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Centennial Park also includes a recipe contest and cook-off to find who makes the Tampa Bay area’s best Arroz con Pollo (rice with chicken). Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Ybor City is a feast for the senses
Orlando Sentinel - September 6, 2013
The aroma of a cigar shop, however, is still irresistible. When I need my fix, there's no better place than Ybor City, the historic Latin Quarter on the eastern side of downtown Tampa. Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.

The Dirty Shame: A classic dive with Ybor City attitude
Tampa Bay Times - September 5, 2013
Don't be misled by the outward look of The Dirty Shame in Ybor City. Beyond the bland exterior is a classic dive — plus an outdoor patio with its own tiki bar. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Weekend at Bernini
Creative Loafing - September 5, 2013
Bernini’s in Ybor City reminds you of just how lucky we are to have this historic neighborhood at the heart of Tampa Bay. It’s not just the restaurant’s historic façade or the high ceilings with the two-tiered milk glass chandeliers. Read more from Creative Loafing.

Craving peanut butter and banana? Elvis would love these Tampa treats
Tampa Bay Times - August 29, 2013
The first is at bona fide peanut butter paradise The Bricks in Ybor City, which also offers peanut butter sandwiches with pickle, smoked gouda and raspberry vinaigrette. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

‘1905 Day’ features Columbia Restaurant food at rolled-back prices
Tampa Tribune - August 28, 2013
For more than 30 years, “1905 Day” has been celebrated with a special menu with the prices of yesteryear for one day only. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Two home-grown jeans companies expand
Tampa Tribune - August 28, 2013
Two new jeans shops have opened up in Ybor City, each one targeting those who consider $100 to $300 as just what's necessary for a fine pair of pants. And the shops are just a few yards down from each other: The Florida Jean Company that sells brands like True Religion and Lucky Brand, and the Black & Denim jeans company that manufacturers its own James Dean-style jeans. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Vertical, indoor urban farming is turning out primo produce for local chefs
ABC Action News - August 23, 2013
In the historic building in Ybor City, that houses the  Roosevelt 2.0  art cooperative, one man is turning a thousand years of agriculture on it's head, or more precisely on it's side. Read more from ABC Action News.

Five Tampa Bay bars that also serve delicious food
Tampa Bay Times - August 21, 2013
You don't expect an Irish pub to be running a $10 lobster special three nights week, but the James Joyce Irish Pub in Ybor City dares to be different on a lot of fronts. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Merged Czar and Ritz Ybor set for grand opening
Tampa Tribune - August 14, 2013
Czar is moving its operations out of the historic Los Novidades building, at 1420 E. Seventh Ave., and into The Ritz building across the street, at 1503 E Seventh Ave. The Ritz underwent an extensive interior renovation in that time, including the addition of a 40-by-40-foot “LED ceiling” inside its main theater, a news release said. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Taco Fusion menu plans: reindeer for Christmas, rabbit for Easter
Tampa Tribune - August 14, 2013
They've relocated and opened this week in a new spot in Ybor City, and they're negotiating with property owners to open up a large commercial kitchen space to handle an expanding catering business. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Amid startup fever, four young businesses keep scrapping for growth
Tampa Bay Times - August 12, 2013
The first Black & Denim jeans and apparel store opens Aug. 29 in Ybor City (1910 E Seventh Ave.), says co-founder Roberto Torres. The 5-year-old startup sells its goods to more than 50 boutiques, but now wants to make that all-important plunge into direct retail sales of its "100 percent American materials" straight to consumers. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

15 bands to compete in this year's Ritz Ybor Ultimate Bands Series
10 News - August 9, 2013
Fifteen local and regional bands were selected from a record number of band entries to compete at this year's 4th Annual Ultimate Bands Series at The RITZ Ybor. Read more from 10 News.

Ybor City set for second Urban Chicken Race
Tampa Tribune - August 6, 2013
Runners in chicken costumes will be out and about Aug. 10 for the second Urban Chicken Race. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Farmer Dave sows change with indoor vertical gardens
Tampa Bay Times - August 5, 2013
Since mid March, a wall of the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City has been transformed into something miraculous, part visual art, part performance art and part lunch. Dave Smiles of Uriah's Urban Farms built it, tending 2,300 to 2,600 plants that make up a green living wall. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Five questions with Victor Padilla and Jolie Gonzalez, Ybor festival founders
Tampa Tribune - August 1, 2013
Jolie Gonzalez, and her husband, Victor Padilla, are the creators of the Cuban Sandwich Festival and Biggest Cuban Sandwich in the World contest in Tampa. Both events were held this year in Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

New Tampa's Baseball Museum collecting memorabilia from community
ABC Action News - July 31, 2013
The memorabilia on the table tells a unique story about Tampa's legacy. "What we're looking at here is some of the first wave of donations," said McCoy. These donations will help fill Tampa's Baseball Museum. Read more from ABC Action News or watch the video below.

Tampa breaks own (unofficial) Cuban sandwich record
Tampa Tribune - July 27, 2013
While it might not be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, let it be known Tampa is home to the world's biggest Cuban sandwich. It marked the second consecutive year the record was set in Cigar City. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Tampa clothier opening first store in Ybor
Tampa Bay Business Journal - July 25, 2013
Tampa startup clothing company Black & Denim is opening its first retail store in Ybor City in August. The 400-square-foot space at 1910 East 7th Ave., roughly three doors east of La Tropicana Café, will be a dream come true for company co-founder Roberto Torres. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The Intern Challenge: The Top 5 Places to Go While in Ybor City
Creative Loafing - July 25, 2013
The people of Tampa Bay are diving right into the streets of Ybor City. In response to an intern challenge from Creative Loafing, we have compiled a list of top picks for places to go while visiting the heart of Tampa. Read more from Creative Loafing.

Running out of summer: 5 ideas for last-minute getaways

Chicago Tribune - July 23, 2013
he Tampa area is home to the second-largest Cuban community in the U.S., after the Miami area. The historic neighborhood of Ybor City hums to a Latin vibe, and its red brick buildings and narrow brick streets house art galleries, restaurants and nightclubs. Read more from Chicago Tribune.

Urban Chicken Race Fundraiser Returns on Aug. 10
South Tampa - Hyde Park Patch - July 19, 2013
On Saturday, Aug. 10, Urban Chicken Race's "Smokin' Hot Edition" debuts in Ybor City. The race is for all ages, and organizers are asking those who participate to bring baby items to donate to The Spring of Tampa Bay, specifically diaper sizes 4-6, baby wipes, formula and baby food. All of raffle proceeds that day and 10 percent of race proceeds will benefit Franciscan Mission Service. Read more from Patch.

Chef Faedo invited to food truck championships
Tampa Tribune - July 18, 2013
The championships contacted Faedo on Friday to invite her and her husband, Robert, to compete. The Faedos in March won the 2013 Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City, their second consecutive victory. The win qualified them to cook for the big money this year in Las Vegas. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

From donating blood to going to the spa, dogs are taking over the world
Tampa Bay Times – July 13, 2013
Pets are welcome every day at Gaspar's Grotto, but the Ybor City pub has a designated yappy hour, too. Dubbed Pets on the Patio, the event is held on the first Saturday of each month from 4 to 7 p.m. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Hello, world! It’s Tampa Bay!
Creative Loafing – July 11, 2013
Hearing those results saddens La Gaceta editor Patrick Manteiga, who believes the agency should use local county funding set aside for historical renovation to develop cultural tourism in Ybor City. Read more from Creative Loafing.

Two Tampa art exhibits are made from recyclable materials
The Tampa Tribune - July 8, 2013
Two sculpture exhibits made of recycled materials - "THINK eARTh"and "Beautiful Beasties" - are on display at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Art Gallery, respectively. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Taco Fusion moving to Ybor, may be headed to TV
Tampa Tribune - July 4, 2013
The new Taco Fusion restaurant is under renovation and may open in early August. The site was formerly the Seabreeze Ybor. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Richard Gonzmart to receive Ybor City Lions Club honor
Tampa Bay Times - July 4, 2013
The award, named for one of the founders of the Ybor City Lions Club, has been given each year for the past 22 years to an individual or entity that, Centinaro said, "excels in promoting and enhancing the Latin heritage and culture of Ybor City and the community." Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Two memorial parks planned for Ybor City
The Tampa Tribune – July 2, 2013
Today, the plot of land next to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office building in Ybor City serves as a parking lot. Next year, the site also will house two memorial parks to remember the victims of the Sept. 11… Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Ybor City clubs Czar, Ritz Ybor to merge
Tampa Bay Times – June 28, 2013
Ybor City nightclub Czar is packing up and moving across Seventh Avenue into the Ritz Ybor building to become a hybrid beast, Czar at the Ritz. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

St. Pete Pride grand marshals set to celebrate Supreme Court's DOMA ruling
Tampa Bay Times - June 27, 2013
Grand marshaling the Pride parade just feels like the needed punctuation on years of advocacy by the president emeritus of the GaYBOR Coalition. West and Bias share the honor with Susan McGrath, president of the Pinellas County Stonewall Democrats. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

YPs Leading Charge To Fast Forward Tampa
83 Degrees – June 18, 2013
Ybor City was mentioned numerous times by the panel and was a driving force in attracting at least two of us to live and stay in Tampa. Ybor City is where Tampanians can most easily emotionally connect with the Cuban heritage. Read more from 83 Degrees.

Skip the beach in Tampa
New York Magazine – June 21, 2013
Experience a bygone era at the elegant Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn (from $139) in the Cuban-American enclave of Ybor City, a National Historic Landmark District just east of downtown. Read more from New York Magazine.

"Meat-Bald" In Ybor Saturday
WDUV.com – June 12, 2013
One of the best meatball subs I’ve had was in Ybor City at Festa Italiana. The sauce really made the sub; but what if you had to leave the sauce off and go on the merits of your meat alone? That’s the challenge facing the competitors this weekend at the “Bald is Beautiful Festival” in Centennial Park in Ybor. Read more from WDUV.com.

Ybor among 7 sites for national tattoo experiment
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 12, 2013
It is likely to be unusually raucous for a Wednesday night on 7th Avenue, as 102 people will be getting a free tattoo as part of a promotional event from Sailor Jerry Rum. Tampa’s Ybor City was chosen as a location for the event because of the city’s history. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Tampa with a Twist
Cigar Advisor - June 2013
The cigar industry in Tampa began in 1886 when Vicente Martinez Ybor, visiting from Key West, bought 40 acres of land and founded Ybor City. From the beginning and for more than 50 years thereafter, Ybor City became "Cigar Capital of the World." Read more from Cigar Advisor.

Ybor got its update, but the history remains
Tampa Tribune – June 9, 2013
It was 1999. Noriega was taking me on a tour of the “future Ybor.” This was before Centro Ybor, the trolley, the condos and apartments and everything else we now take for granted existed in the Latin District. He was supposed to be showing me where all of the new developments would be going. Instead, he spent much of the afternoon reminiscing. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

'Baldies' get their day
Tampa Tribune – June 5, 2013
The Ybor City Saturday Market will host its first Happy Bald Day with contests and prizes. The event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15, will be at the market at Centennial Park on Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Restaurants, hotels look up vertical farming for fresh food
Tampa Tribune - June 2, 2013
The north wall inside The Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City once was a blank canvas of old, exposed bricks covered with a thin veil of white paint. Now it’s a farm. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Good Times at Festa Italiana
PMQ Pizza Magazine - June 2013
Ybor City soon became famous for its homemade, hand-rolled cigars, but it’s also famous for something else: the annual Festa Italiana, a four-day event that features delicious Italian food from the Tampa Bay area’s restaurants, plus fine Italian wines, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Read more from PMQ Magazine.

Officials see new Unlock Tampa Bay brand as key to boosting tourism
Tampa Bay Times - May 30, 2013
The colors are also custom-made: bay blue, ybor gold and Gaspar's hull (black, like a pirate ship.) The colors are meant to set urban Tampa apart from the endless stream of gauzy, sunny pastel colors employed by marketing agencies for other Florida destinations. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Affleck visits Ybor City, but will he film there?
ABC Action News - May 23, 2013
Now Ben Affleck is scouting Tampa Bay for his next project. The actor and director was spotted in Ybor City Tuesday scouting possible locations. Read more from ABC Action News.


Massive mural gives glimpses of Ybor's history
My Fox Tampa Bay - May 21, 2013
It is a depiction of the rich immigrant history, not only for Ybor City, but also for "America's Journey," which is what the massive artwork is titled. Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay.


GaYBOR group wins unexpected recognition as economic engine
Tampa Bay Times - May 21, 2013
With an initial focus on gay-run businesses that helped revitalize Ybor City, it now seeks to market the west coast of Florida as a welcoming place for gay people to do business and visit, with the historic district as its epicenter. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Gulf Coast Commercial Expands, Adds Jobs In Tampa
83 degrees - May 21, 2013
"We moved our corporate headquarters to Ybor because we have every intention to expand our staff, and this was a unique opportunity to occupy space within Ybor City. Read more from 83 degrees.

Along Adamo, a statement to match the bold history of Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times - May 18, 2013
"I love it," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who will dedicate the mural at 2 p.m. Tuesday. "It is a tribute to the diversity and the history of Ybor City. Ybor City is not shy and reserved. Ybor City is bold. Ybor City is colorful. I'm a big believer in public art anyway, and I think it's a great addition to Ybor City." Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Festival brings all things Cuban to Tampa's Ybor City
Tampa Tribune - May 18, 2013
Cuban music is just one aspect of the culture that is being celebrated today at the festival in Ybor City. Ballroom dancing, live bands, dance troupes, movies art and food all are featured at the event. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Al Lopez house moves to Ybor City for new life as a museum
Tampa Bay Times – May 16, 2013
Al Lopez Jr. occasionally drives by his father's old home. The son of local baseball legend Al Lopez has fond memories of the white wood and brick home with pale blue trim. He grew up there. He played baseball in the front yard with his father, who was always chatty with neighbors. On Thursday, the son stood in front of the home again, only this time, the house was not at its original location at 1210 E 12th Ave. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

Could Ben Affleck make his next movie in Tampa?

Tampa Bay Times – May 13, 2013
Academy Award winner Ben Affleck is working on a followup to Argo, and it has a distinct connection to Tampa Bay. Affleck is set to direct and star in Live by Night, working from his screenplay adaptation of Dennis Lehane's crime novel, largely set in Tampa and Ybor City. Whether Lehane's literary choice of locales leads to Affleck filming Live by Night here is the big question. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

'Gatsby' brings 1920s fashion roaring back
My Fox Tampa Bay - May 10, 2013
"It was a really important time for women. World War I had ended. People were prosperous. And when women got the right to vote, they thought it was time to go party," explained Skyler Roberts, who works at Tampa's La France Vintage Boutique in Ybor City. Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay or watch the video below.

Hundreds fill Ybor church to honor former pastor
Tampa Bay Times - May 10, 2013
The Rev. Stokes arrived in Ybor City in 1986 and helped save a church that had hit rough times financially. The second-oldest church in Tampa, Our Lady of Perpetual Help originally dates to 1890, when it was founded under a different name as a Spanish-speaking church for cigar workers. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

New Restaurants in Ybor City Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
City of Tampa - May 9, 2013
Mayor Buckhorn and the Ybor City community attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for 3 Ybor City restaurants on the 1900 block of 7th Avenue. Watch the video on YouTube or below.

 

Photo Slideshow: Rooster Statues Flock To Ybor City
83 Degrees – May 7, 2013
Roosters and Ybor City go together like flame to a cigar.
So it's only fitting that the GaYbor District Coalition partnered with Hillsborough Community College Ybor City for a student art competition bringing to life 40-lbs. white ceramic roosters using paint, feathers, beads and even cigars in honor of Ybor's feathered residents. Read more from 83 Degrees.

Gallery features jewelry, handbags
Tampa Tribune – May 5, 2013
This month the featured artists are co-owner and jewelry artist Dan Balk and guest artist Candy Woolley. Balk designs and creates sculptural jewelry pieces in sterling silver and gold, adorning them with precious and semi-precious stones. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Giving Back in the Community: Ybor City Museum Society
South Tampa Patch - May 1, 2013
There are lots of great organizations across Tampa Bay that do fantastic things to help make our communities better. The Ybor City Museum Society's goal is to promote and raise funds for the museum in Ybor City and preserve local historical landmarks. Watch the video interview below:

Four-Legged Friends Welcome
Tampa Bay & Company - April 29, 2013
Recently ranked as the fourth most pet-friendly city for travelers in America by Priceline.com, Tampa is the perfect destination to relax with your furry friend. Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City hosts a monthly Pets on the Patio "yappy hour." Read more from Tampa Bay & Company.

Top 10 live music venues in Florida
The Guardian - April 29, 2013
The Orpheum in Ybor City makes the list of top 10 live music venues in Florida. Read more from The Guardian.

Hillsborough bends rules, pays Ybor social clubs for RNC repairs
Tampa Tribune - April 17, 2013
Hillsborough County commissioners decided to bend their own rules today and reimburse four Ybor City social clubs for repairs the clubs made on their early-20th century buildings. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

5 Unique Things To Do in Ybor City Florida
Travel Bandit - April 17, 2013
It is truly one-of-a-kind in Florida travel destinations; it is the only National Historic District in the state where you can ride a streetcar, eat an authentic Cuban Sandwich, stand in Free Cuba, walk with ghosts, and dance with vampires all in the same evening. Read more from Travel Bandit.

Did a clock strike midnight on Ybor City’s future?
Tampa Tribune - April 14, 2013
However, sometimes events occur that suggest a superstition isn’t so ridiculous. In the past decade, two historic Ybor City talismans have proven to have some substance. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Celebrate Ybor’s cigars, food at Aficionado Days
Tampa Tribune - April 11, 2013
The event celebrates the rolling of the first cigar in Ybor City but the focus of the celebration is food. A “Tapas Trail,” featuring 18 restaurants, and a lavish Sunday brunch at the iconic Columbia Restaurant are the highlights of the 7th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days on Saturday and Sunday. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Lights, camera ... action? County commission seeks to boost local filming
Tampa Tribune - April 6, 2013
Another project that would be a natural for Tampa is actor-director Ben Affleck’s production of “Live by Night,” based on the novel by Boston and St. Petersburg author Dennis Lehane of “Mystic River” and “Shutter Island” fame. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Festa Italiana keeps tradition alive
Bay News 9 - April 2, 2013
The traditions of Italy are kept alive in Tampa at Festa Italiana, one sweet treat at a time. Volunteers make more than 10,000 cookies for Festa Italiana celebrations. Read more from Bay News 9.

‘Best Cuban sandwich’ decided in Ybor City
Tampa Tribune - March 30, 2013
Radio personality Jack Harris walked around the courtyard next to the Ybor City Museum on Saturday with the glazed look of someone who had eaten too much. That because Harris, host of WFLA (970 AM)'s morning talk show, did eat too much. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Tampa’s most haunted places: The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn

Examiner.com - March 27, 2013
Though Tampa doesn’t enjoy the same ghostly reputation as other cities in the South, it isn’t short on haunted hot spots. Here’s the story of the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn at 1915 Republica de Cuba. Read more from Examiner.

Why do they call it that? Tampa's treat: the Cuban Sandwich
WTSP.com - March 14, 2013
The streets of Ybor City will shut down in two weeks to celebrate one of the area's most famous creations: the Tampa Cuban Sandwich. Read more from WTSP.com.

Tampa's Guavaween gets its parade back
Tampa Tribune - March 14, 2013
The Mama Guava Stumble Parade will make a comeback at Guavaween this fall. Additionally, the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday it aims to make the annual Halloween-themed festival more family-friendly and appealing to a variety of people. Read more from TBO.com.

Artists get exposure at Nude Nite in Ybor
Tampa Tribune - March 7, 2013
Nude Nite, an art show that celebrates the human form, is back for a weekend run near Ybor City with everything from male burlesque dancers to models wearing nothing but edible creations by an award-winning chef. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Beer Week: Barbecue and suds, perfect together
Tampa Bay Times - March 7, 2013
People are saying that one of the biggest Beer Fest events is a morning-after party at New World Brewery on Sunday, a sour beer breakfast after Cigar City's Hunahpu's release party on Saturday. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Revisit the Past
Studio 10 - March 7, 2013
Chantal Hevia, president and CEO of Ybor City Museum Society, visited Studio 10 to give a preview of the Buildings Alive architecture tour. Read more or watch the video from Studio 10.

Owners pull for sale sign from Centro Ybor
Tampa Tribune - March 4, 2013
After seven months on the market, the owners of the Centro Ybor entertainment and office complex have taken the property off the market. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Reasons to shake off winter in laid-back, affordable Tampa
FoxNews.com - March 1, 2013
No section of the city recalls its past quite as effectively as Ybor City, where the architecture reflects the area’s old school Spanish-Cuban roots, featuring buildings whose often-frivolous design calls to mind New Orleans’ French Quarter. Read more from FoxNews.com.

Deliciously discovering flan in Ybor
Observer News - February 27, 2013
There was no such thing as bad flan in Ybor City on Saturday. In Tampa’s Cigar City, known for clubs, coffee and Cuban sandwiches, it was all about flan on Saturday in Ybor City. Read more from Observer News.

Thousands move to Latin beat at Ybor Fiesta Day
The Tampa Tribune - February 22, 2013
Along Seventh Avenue, from 15th to 20th streets, th Street to 20th Street, the roadway was closed to traffic. People strolled past displays and vendors selling crafts, art, jewelry and ethnic foods. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Flan Fest promises sweet fun for its 10th anniversary
The Tampa Tribune – February 21, 2013
There's only one festival in the nation where the guest of honor is flan, the beloved Latin custard that jiggles and has a rather un-delicious-sounding name. That's the upcoming 10th annual Flan Fest, which will sprawl across Centennial Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday in Ybor City. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Ybor City apartments pitched as Tampa Bay Rays stadium site
The Tampa Tribune – February 21, 2013
For a few years, some Ybor City business owners and residents have looked at the blocky, salmon-colored Tampa Park Apartments and thought one thing: baseball stadium. Its location along Nuccio Parkway offers great access to downtown and Ybor City, and it's close to the interstate and any future light-rail or high-speed rail line. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

History inspires Ybor City club

Tampa Bay Times - February 16, 2013
Since late November, Factoria has been open Friday and Saturday nights at 1902 E. Seventh Ave., site of the former Club Empire. For the first time, Factoria also was open Thursday night, and the club plans to open its doors at other times and days.A new club with a theme reflecting this community's colorful history gradually is opening in a building with a notorious reputation. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Expansion of Ybor City Historic District gets initial okay
Tampa Bay Times - February 14, 2013
Before World War II, the V.M. Ybor neighborhood was a seamless part of Ybor City. At a time when 200 Tampa factories made up to 700 million cigars a year, workers bought new bungalows in V.M. Ybor, took their kids to Cuscaden Park and bought loaves of Cuban bread at La Segunda Central Bakery. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Knights of Sant'Yago serve up a night of beads, revelry
Tampa Bay Times - February 10, 2013
Thousands of people enjoying perfect weather lined Seventh Avenue to watch a parade of loud, rollicking floats that has become a Tampa tradition. Read more from Tampa Bay Times or view the photo gallery.

Ybor's annual Knight Parade brought lots of beads
Bay News 9 - February 9, 2013
Pirates on more than a hundred floats filled the streets of Ybor for Tampa's traditional Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade. Thousands lined up to get a good look at the festivities on 7th Avenue and saw illuminated floats, costumed participants, marching bands, lively music, dancing in the streets, and lots of beads. Read more from Bay News 9.

UF artists to show, teach at HCC Ybor
The Tampa Tribune – February 9, 2013
Eight studio art faculty members from UF present recent works in an exhibit, "Making Connections, Engaging Possibilities," at the HCC Ybor Campus Art Gallery. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Short List: Best places to propose around Tampa Bay
The Tampa Tribune – February 8, 2013
Perhaps the moment can last forever, when it's engraved into a sidewalk. Take your sweetie out to eat (Columbia Restaurant is a good bet) and then as you're walking through Ybor City, get down on bended knee in front of a personalized paver. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

TV host Steve Wilkos talks about ruling Ybor City's Knight Parade
The Tampa Bay Times – February 8, 2013
A career in debauchery has uniquely prepared talk-show host Steve Wilkos to be the honorary grand marshal of Saturday's Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Knight Parade through Ybor City. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

First steps taken to rebuild library
The Tampa Tribune - February 7, 2013
On Monday they got started on the library's design, giving architects from Harvard Jolly a list of what they want in the replacement library. Construction on the two-story, 25,000-square-foot structure is slated to begin next year, with completion in 2015. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

First annual Cuban Cultural Fest scheduled
Tampa Bay Business Journal - January 31, 2013
A two-day event celebrating Tampa’s cultural and historical links with Cuba is scheduled in Ybor City in May. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

In Ybor ceremony, survivors recall Holocaust atrocities
Tampa Bay Times - January 28, 2013
About 250 people, including dignitaries from 26 countries, gathered for the hour-and-a-half ceremony at the Italian Club. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Readers played important role in cigar factories
Tampa Tribune - January 27, 2013
Heard over these rhythmic sounds was the voice of el lector, the reader. The lector was paid by the factory's workers to read to them from local Spanish-language newspapers, such as La Traducción, or translate on the fly English-language papers such as The Tampa Tribune or the Tampa Daily Times. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Shining a light on Tampa Bay cuisine
Tampa Bay Business Journal - January 25, 2013
A number of dynamic chefs and owners are bringing new taste onto the scene, already rich with historically significant and culturally diverse tradition, said Casey Gonzmart, chairman of the Columbia Restaurant Group. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Gonzmart, Lagasse meet over a meal
Tampa Bay Business Journal - January 11, 2012
The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City will be among the Tampa Bay area restaurants to appear on “Emeril’s Florida”, a new Cooking Channel series starring Chef Emeril Lagasse. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Weekly Twilight Market To Offer Nighttime Organic, Local Products
Tampa Tribune - January 11, 2012
The operator of several Tampa-area outdoor daytime markets is partnering with a special events space in Ybor City to create a nighttime weekly market that showcases local products made and created by organic vendors. Read more from Tampa Bay Online.

Gaspar's Grotto goes to dogs for Gasparilla costume contest
Tampa Tribune - January 11, 2012
Dogs adorned with pirate outfits, hats and scarves will have crowd cheering at Gaspar's Grotto on Saturday. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Talk show host Steve Wilkos to lead Ybor's Knight Parade
Tampa Bay Times - January 8, 2012
Television talk show host Steve Wilkos will be the grand marshal of next month's Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Turkish treats aplenty at Istanblu in Ybor
Tampa Bay Times – January 4, 2013
Istanblu, which adds authentic Turkish specialities to the Ybor City cuisine scene, opened Nov. 20 on Seventh Avenue at 20th Street in the former site of Sunday’s Delicatessen. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Craft cocktail drinking guide
Creative Loafing – January 2, 2013
Handcrafted cocktails require a knowing hand and an experienced bartender to stir up something good. The Bricks of Ybor makes Creative Loafing's list of best places to go for a handcrafted cocktail. Read more from Creative Loafing.

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