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 Final Four, we'll have one matchup on Monday and the other on Tuesday, with the Curbed Cup Final on Wednesday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins.
Downtown Miami is the heart of South Florida and is coming off a convincing victory over the Design District. No longer is the area just Bayside, American Airlines Arena and everything else. From the plans like SkyRise Miami and Miami World Center to future luxury condo developments such as One Thousand Museum, there's just as much buzz in downtown as top-seeded Brickell as both core Miami areas continue to go under the knife, with restaurants and residents flocking. Perez Art Museum has arrived next to a much-needed Museum Park, with Frost Museum of Science still under construction. Still needed: Dependable mass transit to and from South Beach (and other areas).
Sunset Harbour, a former Curbed Cup champion (2013), remains alive after a slew of upsets early on. The area features two restaurants - Pubbelly and Lucali - in Eater's 2015 list of Miami's 38 best restaurants. South Beach's cute neighbor has experienced a tough year, with city construction projects overtaking the area. Sunset Harbour's most redeeming quality is its walkability, from solid restaurants (Lucali, Pubbelly, Icebox, etc) to bars (Purdy Lounge) coffee shops (Panther) to grocery shopping (Publix, Fresh Market) and fitness (Green Monkey, Flywheel). Its limited supply of living options has created massive demand and lofty prices, with one-bedroom units at 1800 and 1900 Sunset Harbour Drive starting at around $3,000 a month.
Voting ends 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday
· Curbed Cup 2015 [Curbed Miami]