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Curbed Cup First Round: Upper East Side Vs. Collins Waterfront

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The Curbed Cup, our first annual award to Greater Miami's neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. We'll have one matchup per day this week, review the bracket on Friday, and continue to the next round next week. Let the eliminations commence!

Miami's Upper East Side, the collection of neighborhoods along Biscayne Boulevard from the Design District to the Miami Shores Village line, is probably one of the most diverse and surprising parts of town. It runs the gamut from the very historic and high end single family neighborhoods of Morningside and Bay Point, to super-artsy enclaves across the boulevard, warehouse districts, and abandoned iconic midcentury modern motels. Controversy ensues when new condo towers 'threaten' old waterfront neighborhoods, and a neighborhood conservation district is in the works to keep the are looking the way some residents think it should. For lots more about the Upper East Side, see Curbed Miami's archives here.

What's between South Beach and the Fontainebleau Hotel? The currently less glamorous Collins Waterfront stretch of Miami Beach was once the center of the all the action, and will soon be that way again if current development trends are any indication. The area has also just been designated on the National Register of Historic Places. Hotelier Ian Schrager's new Marriott Edition at the historic Seville will be sensational, but not as sensational as what another hotelier, Alan Faena, is doing a few blocks away. He's put together a constellation of starchitects to do something supremely out-of-this-world at the Saxony Hotel. For everything else along Collins Waterfront, check out the Curbed Miami archives here.

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