via Biltmore Hotel/Averette via Wikimedia Commons
The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the trophy of all trophies. This week we'll have two matchups per day, with the results and full tournament bracket reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the friendly madness begin!
With top-seeded Brickell taking it to Key Biscayne in our early matchup of the opening round, our second clash features two nearby, historic neighborhoods in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Only one will advance.
Coral Gables still features some of Miami's top restaurants, where Miracle Mile proffers hot spots like Hillstone and Swine, along with a landmark hotel in the Biltmore. Its suburbs provide a warming, old-school contrast to all of the ultra-modern homes popping up on South Beach and its neighboring islands. It has been a big couple of years for University of Miami renovations, highlighted by a new student center. You won't experience a prettier drive in Miami than down Old Cutler past the traffic circle intersected by Cocoplum road.
Coconut Grove, Miami's oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood, features a clientele of various ages, from students at the U invading their bars on Thursday nights - looking at you, Mr. Moe's - to their plethora of art shows throughout the year attracting all sorts of folks from across South Florida. Monty's remains one of the better spots to take visiting friends from out of town. High-end condos continue to sprout. Cinépolis in CocoWalk is unquestionably one of the better movie theaters in Miami, with their reserved seating and addition of beer and wine. The Grove also offers extravagant homes built with character, like Mediterranean mammoth La Brisa, which remains for sale at a whopping $47.5 million.
Six more Round 1 matchups lurk this week.
· 2015 Curbed Cup Coverage [Curbed Miami]