Coconut Grove

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Coconut Grove is the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood of Miami, Florida in Miami-Dade County, United States. The neighborhood is roughly bound by North Prospect Drive to the south, LeJeune Road to the west, South Dixie Highway (US 1) and Rickenbacker Causeway to the north, and Biscayne Bay to the east. It is south of the neighborhoods of Brickell and The Roads and east of Coral Gables. The neighborhood's name has been sometimes spelled "Cocoanut Grove" but the definitive spelling "Coconut Grove" was established when the city was incorporated in 1919.

What is today referred to as Coconut Grove was formed in 1925 when the city of Miami annexed two areas of about equal size, the city of Coconut Grove and most of the town of Silver Bluff. Coconut Grove approximately corresponds to the same area as the 33133 zip code although the zip code includes parts of Coral Way and Coral Gables and a small portion of zip code 33129. The area is often referred to by locals as "The Grove."

Coconut Grove is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at Coconut Grove and Douglas Road stations.

 

Economy

Coconut Grove's small village quality presents an ideal location for outdoor festivals and events, the most prominent of which is the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the county's leading outdoor arts festival, which takes place each year over President's Day weekend. Coconut Grove's other events include the King Mango Strut, which began as a parody of the Orange Bowl Parade, and which continues each year on the last Sunday in December. The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival takes place each April. Each June, the Goombay Festival transforms Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove into a Carnaval (Caribbean Carnival), celebrating Bahamian culture, with Bahamian food and Caribbean music (Junkanoo). July 4 is an all day all America affair that includes an old-fashioned picnic on the grounds of the Barnacle Historic State Park, events throughout downtown Grove including street performers and a coconut treasure hunt, culminating with a fireworks display at Peacock Park. On Labor Day Weekend, it is time for The Great Grove Bed Race, with make-shift, themed beds rolling down the streets of downtown Coconut Grove to the delight of participants.

 

The Grove is known for its many and varied restaurants and open air cafes. Within a few blocks one can eat Italian, Peruvian, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Mediterranean, French, Italian, Argentine, Pan Latin, Pan-Asian, Vegetarian, Seafood and good old fashioned American fare. One can also choose from among a number of ice cream, yogurt, smoothie and gelato shops.
Local favorites include Atchana's Kitchen, Bice, Calamari, Greenstreets cafe, Lulu's, Foccacia Rustica, Jaguar, Georges, le Bouchon, Cafe Pop, Spartico, Panorama, Charthouse and Monty's Raw Bar. There are plenty of chain franchises as well, such as The Cheesecake Factory, Chili's and Johnny Rockets. By night, the Grove becomes a center of nightlife frequented by young professionals and students from the-nearby University of Miami and Florida International University. Favorite places include Taurus, the Grove's most Legendary Bar, Mr. Moe's, The Burgundy Room, Hooter's, Fat Tuesdays, The Grove Spot, The Sandbar and Barracuda Bar. Shopping is also abundant in the Grove, with two large open-air malls, CocoWalk, Streets of Mayfair, and many other street shops and boutiques.

 

Demographics

Demographically, Coconut Grove is split up into "Northeast Coconut Grove" and "Southwest Coconut Grove", and as of 2000, the total population of both of the neighborhood's sections made up between 18,953 and 19,646 people. The zip codes for all of Coconut Grove include 33129 and 33133. The area covers 5.607 square miles (14.52 km2). As of 2000, there were 9,695 males and 9,951 females. The median age for males were 38.4 years old, while the median age for females were 40.3 years old. The average household size had 2.1 people, while the average family size had 2.8 members. The percentage of married-couple families (among all households) was 33.6%, while the percentage of married-couple families with children (among all households) was 11.1%, and the percentage of single-mother households (among all households) was 7.6%. The percentage of never-married males 15 years old and over was 18.3%, while the percentage of never-married females 15 years old and over was 14.3%. The percentage of people that speak English not well or not at all made up 8.1% of the population. The percentage of residents born in Florida was 31.6%, the percentage of people born in another U.S. state was 34.7%, and the percentage of native residents but born outside the U.S. was 2.3%, while the percentage of foreign born residents was 31.4%.

As of 2000, Northeast Grove had a population of 9,812 residents, with 5,113 households, and 2,221 families residing in the neighborhood. The median household income was $63,617.82. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 35.24% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 2.25% Black or African American, 60.96% White (non-Hispanic), and 1.55% Other races (non-Hispanic).

As of 2000, Southwest Grove had a population of 9,141 residents, with 3,477 households, and 2,082 families residing in the neighborhood. The median household income was $63,617.82. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 14.80% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 48.27% Black or African American, 35.27% White (non-Hispanic), and 1.66% Other races (non-Hispanic).

The "West" Grove is predominantly composed of people who are of Afro-Caribbean descent. Bahamian sailors were one of the first groups of settlers in the area. The Goombay festival is a celebration of the rich history of this historically Black neighborhood.

 

Source & more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_Grove

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