Magic City Innovation District spans approximately 17 acres and is located just north of Wynwood and the Design District, adjacent to the MiMo District and overlapping the neighborhoods of Little Haiti and Little River. With ease of access via I-95 and South Beach, Edgewater and Downtown Miami just a short drive away, the proximity of other cultural hubs within the Greater Miami area makes the Magic City Innovation District a focal point with incredible growth potential.
Under the original name of Lemon City, the Little Haiti and Little River neighborhoods were one of the earliest settlements in the Miami area, with its history dating back to c. 1870, when pioneers rushed to claim their share of land offered by the federal government through the Homestead Act. E.H. Harrington named the area for the lemon trees growing on his property, and the first use of the name “Lemon City” is recorded by the County in 1889. The City of Miami annexed Lemon City in 1925.
Decades later in the 1980’s, Lemon City saw an influx of émigrés, particularly from Haiti. Waves of Haitian immigrants fleeing a cruel dictatorship sought refuge in Miami and settled in Lemon City, resulting in an infusion of Caribbean culture that is celebrated today in the galleries, museums, family-owned restaurants, bookstores, shops, and public art projects.
Miami’s Little Haiti has earned a national and international reputation and now boasts the iconic Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center and the Little Haiti Soccer Park.
Little Haiti hosts an eclectic array of cultural offerings, but Sounds of Little Haiti has emerged as a quintessential part of Little Haiti community. Occurring every 3rd Friday of the month at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, this free outdoor concert offers an opportunity to celebrate authentic Haitian heritage and its influence on the local culture in Miami.
In May 2016, Miami commissioners voted in favor of designating Little Haiti as an official neighborhood overlapping the historic Lemon City and historic Little River. Rooted in deep history and supported by a community of versatile leaders, Little Haiti has organically become home to one of Miami’s most vibrant arts scenes.
Getting to Magic City Innovation District is easy. Located close to I-95, Biscayne Boulevard and NE 2nd Avenue, its proximity to other major hubs within Greater Miami make transportation quick and efficient.
The Magic City Park was a collection of tourist cabins, emblematic of the early twentieth century’s burgeoning motel industry and car culture. The site is now a wooded property which evokes the original natural character of Lemon City and acts as an anchor for sustainable development given its location on a ridge providing resiliency to sea-level rise and other local environmental changes.
A historical site dating back to the late 1800’s located between NE 60th and 61st Streets, slated for possible inclusion along the Florida East Coast Railway
Constructed in 1902, the Dupuis building is one of Miami’s oldest standing structures. Named for community leader and physician Dr. John G. DuPuis, the traditional Masonry Vernacular style building features pressed metal detailing typical of turn-of-the-century American commercial architecture.
The epicenter of the Haitian Community of South Florida and one of the largest Haitian churches in America.
A communal arts space where artists of different mediums can exhibit, work and collaborate all under one roof.
An Artist Residency Program & Exhibition Space for professional Miami artists in the heart of downtown Little Haiti.
5934 NW Second Ave.
5934 NW Second Ave.
5501 NE Second Ave