The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida neighborhood of the year, kicked off with 16 areas vying for the trophy. For this week's Elite Eight, we'll have two matchups per day, with a Final Four announced on Wednesday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins.
Our opening matchup of the Elite Eight features a rising young hot spot with an ever-changing identity and sea of cranes against one of Miami's most landmark neighborhoods.
Brickell is rapidly becoming Manhattan's smaller, warmer cousin to the south. Between the much hyped pregnancy of City Centre this year and the slew of new residential buildings popping up like hives, it's becoming a key component of modern Miami's core, earning the top seed in this year's tournament. With all the dynamic development over the last decade, Brickell is still very much in a vigorous state of growth.
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 hit the market at a whopping $47.5 million.