Manhattan Cafe

Local History
2:44 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

How The Woman Behind Miami's Manhattan Cafe Witnessed The Downtown's Rebirth

Rosaly Guimaraes stands behind the counter of her Manhattan Cafe for the final time.

The year was 1995 and the place is on the cusp of a dilapidated downtown Miami at Northeast 14th Street and Biscayne Boulevard: parking lots located next to empty lots and patches of dusty grass that were home to those who had no other -- prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics and those who had simply given up.

It was back when the euphemism for Miami was South Florida, because like many a crime-ridden city, very few wanted to claim the name anymore.

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