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Curbed Cup First Round: Brickell Versus Sunny Isles Beach

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Miami neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have one matchup per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

The Curbed Cup neighborhood match ups continue today, with Brickell and Sunny Isles Beach battling it out to win round one of our bracket-style competition. Brickell, already the densest neighborhood south of Manhattan, has come back fast from the Great Recession, with a banner year for new developments announced and under construction. The massive Brickell City Centre megaproject is a furious hive of activity, with ten construction cranes shooting skyward at last count. Although Brickell can seem like a dense cluster of glass towers designed for cars, driving from one tower to the other, the neighborhood has an active street life, especially in the vicinity of Mary Brickell Village, which by the way is finally getting the condo tower that was originally planned to top it.

Sunny Isles Beach is a land of extremes. Collins Avenue is wide and long, following an endless row of absolutely over-the-top condo towers, the craziest ones still under construction. Porsche Design Tower with its three car elevators, Mansions at Acqualina with its glass-bottomed penthouse pool and $100,000 closets, Jade Signature with its too-cool-for-school starchitect design. Oh, and Sunny Isles Beach is right, next door to the Haulover Park nude beach. That's always a major plus.

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· Curbed Cup 2013 coverage [Curbed Miami]