ON JAN. 22, 1912, ON WHAT WE can imagine was a reasonably warm day, a man named Henry Morris Flagler arrived in the southernmost city of the United States. A dapper gentleman possessing an enormous snow-white moustache and an eighth-grade education, Mr. Flagler had a penchant for oil monopolies and the kind of jaunty newsboy caps that would, almost 100 […]

The saga of Stone Soup Gallery

Twenty years ago, Melissa Trader’s father took one look at her meandering, Deadhead lifestyle, and told his daughter it was high time that she got her life together. Having received, at one point, an unflinching dose of tough love is something many reformed wanderers share when recounting the moment they decided to leave their old lives behind for greener — […]

An insider’s look at Key West

The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you […]

Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost PointThe corner of South Street and Whitehead Streetsouthernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continentalUnited States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) 294-5717sloppyjoes.comThe […]

Tommy Ryan, candidate for king of Fantasy Fest

King of Fantasy Fest candidate Tommy Ryan is no stranger to serving others. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tommy is a father of three, a U.S. Army veteran, and a retired New York firefighter who was a first responder on 9/11. Like many Key West transplants, Tommy came to Key West on vacation and fell in love. On each […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Movie Night at the MarkerSept. 29, 8-11 p.m.The Marker200 William St. David CookSept. 29, 8 p.m.Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available at ticketfly.com Mangia Mangia FamilyDine OutA Benefit for Key West MontessoriCharter SchoolSept. 30, 5:30-9 p.m.Mangia Mangia900 Southard St. Key West Critical MassBike RideSept. 30, 7 p.m.White Street Pier1899 White St. One Human Race Colorful RunSponsored by Key […]

Good times in the Conch Republic

Here are three attractions for the whole family that capture Key West’s artistic inclinations, diverse history and whimsical beauty. Mallory Square The nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is the best free show in town, a center of Key West commerce and performance art (mallorysquare.com). The square’s history dates back to the town’s early years when it was incorporated in […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit keysarts.com/artist_ connections/gallery_ guide.pdf SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK Mellow Ventures1605 N. Roosevelt“The Mellow Show,” an Art byHoltkamp Pop-Up Gallery Key West Contemporary Art516 White St., entrance on Curry LaneOngoing“Person/Anima”Photographs by A.E. FournetKey West Contemporary Art on Facebook The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.Paintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoingConchead2@yahoo.com(704) 819-2487Mixed […]

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats

The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead Street. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]


Sushi: The house queen of 801 Cabaret

Spelled out on the wall behind the bar in huge letters lit with orange bulbs are the words DRAG ASYLUM. I’m at 801 Bourbon on Duval Street looking for an interview with Sushi, a drag queen who runs the upstairs Cabaret shows that have made it a Key West landmark. The bartender says Sushi will be here around 8 p.m. […]

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