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History

The name “Brickell” comes from the surname of William Brickell, one of the area’s first settlers. located in the heart of Miami’s financial district. It is bounded by the Miami River to the north, the Eighth Street Expressway/I-95 to the west, Flagler Street to the south, and Biscayne Bay to the east.Brickell was transformed into a major financial district in 1988, when many international banking companies—enterprises that were previously located in other Central Business Districts of Miami such as downtown and Coconut Grove —moved to Brickell. By 1993, over 400 international banks had branches in Brickell. This upscale growth helped lead to the neighborhood’s re-branding as Brickell Village, beginning in 1996 and continuing through the early 2000s.

The history of Brickell dates back to the mid-19th century when farming was prevalent in the area that is today known as Brickell. The name Brickell appeared for the first time on a map of the Miami River basin in 1891, along with the nearby neighborhood now known as Brickell Hammock.

Brickell remained primarily agricultural until the mid-1960s when it became one of the city’s first middle income residential neighborhoods. Hispanic pioneers originally settled in Brickell in the mid-1930s, drawn by the climate and inexpensive land prices. Brickell was a wealthy man, involved in the “real estate, railroad, cigar-making and banking businesses”. Brickell’s first construction appeared after the Civil War. The area was known as “Miami Beach” until 1926 when that name changed into what is now Miami Beach. It became its own city in 1925 with the Roddy-Azcue Act and was named “The City of Miami.” The Brickell area has gone through several major improvements since the 1980s.

The first skyscraper in the area was Burdines, located on 1225 Brickell Avenue. It has been an integral part of the downtown Miami skyline since being built in 1913. Miami’s first skyscraper was the eight-story Brazilian Court, which opened in 1916. Shortly after, a modern 11-story 50 Biscayne Tower was built a block north of the first one.

Location

Where is Brickell? Brickell is located just south of Downtown Miami, and is bounded by the Miami River to the east, Biscayne Bay to the west, I-95 to the north, Flagler Street to the south Downtown and east of Coconut Grove. Brickell is a major financial district and many large national and international banks have offices in the area. Thanks to its proximity to Downtown Miami, Brickell also has a vibrant nightlife and is popular with young professionals. It has easy access to public transportation, entertainment, restaurants, museums, parks, international airports and many other amenities. The weather in South Florida is perfect for outdoor activities almost year-round.

There are a few major grocery stores within walking distance from most Brickell apartments as well as some convenience stores and local restaurants, all of which makes it easy to cook in your own kitchen if so desired This vibrant downtown area also has many office buildings housing law firms , real estate agencies , architects, luxury condos, luxury apartments, engineering consultants and more.

Brickell’s famous Design District and many shops and galleries can be found within walking distance and home to many upscale boutiques including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Michael Kors, Cartier, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Versace and Jimmy Choo.

Miami International Airport is 13 minutes away from Brickell via car, taxi or Uber. Wynwood/Midtown/Design District have become the new Miami place to be. These areas are just north of downtown and have wonderful murals worth checking out.

Brickell is also home to many local art galleries, including the legendary DejaVu gallery , which was founded by Venezuelan artist Aldo LaGalbo in late 2002. The gallery showcases an eclectic mix of artists from around the world, and has been instrumental in bringing to light hundreds of South Florida artists.

 

 

 

Questions about Brickell

  • Is Brickell Miami safe?

Brickell is one of the most safest neighborhoods in Miami. With a population of over 12,000 people and a very low crime rate, it is a great place to live, work, or visit. The Miami Police Department (MPD) has a strong presence in the area, and the community is committed to keeping it safe.

What to do in Brickell Miami and near me

 Ideas (Besides Shopping And Dining)

  • Take A Stroll Along The Riverwalk: One of the best things about living in or visiting Brickell is its proximity to the Miami River. While there are a few restaurants and bars to be found along its banks, the main attraction is the pathway that runs alongside it, providing great views of both the river itself and the skyscrapers of downtown Miami.

 

  • Visit Museum Park: Located just south of downtown, Museum Park is home to two of Miami’s most popular cultural attractions – the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Both museums are worth a visit, but if you only have time for one, PAMM should be your pick, as it has a far more extensive collection on display.

 

  • Stroll Through Wynwood Walls: Wynwood is a trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood in Miami that’s known for its abundance of street art. If you want to check out some of the best examples of this form of art, head to Wynwood Walls, where you’ll find dozens of murals by artists from all over the world.

 

  • Head To South Beach: Not far, and a jump bridge away, If you want to experience the quintessential Miam, there’s no better place to go than South Beach. The Art Deco District is a neighborhood in South Beach that is home to many beautiful Art Deco buildings. Some other popular activities include swimming, sunbathing, and people watching. The beach is also a great place to go for a walk or run, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars located nearby. ( Check out my guide to South Beach )

 

  • Wynwood Walls : this is one of the most popular locations in Miami. It’s here where you will find some of the most interesting street art murals around, so don’t forget to take some pictures.

 

How to move around in Brickell?

Brickell is served by the Miami Metrorail at the following stations:

Brickell station, Eighth Street station, and Museum Park station. The neighborhood is also served by Metrobus routes 3, 11, 24, 27, 36, 38, 83, 93, and the South Miami-Dade Busway.

 

Brickell FAQ

  • Is Brickell Miami safe?

Brickell is one of the most safest neighborhoods in Miami. With a population of over 12,000 people and a very low crime rate, it is a great place to live, work, or visit. The Miami Police Department (MPD) has a strong presence in the area, and the community is committed to keeping it safe.

What to do in Brickell Miami and near me

 Ideas (Besides Shopping And Dining)

  • Take A Stroll Along The Riverwalk: One of the best things about living in or visiting Brickell is its proximity to the Miami River. While there are a few restaurants and bars to be found along its banks, the main attraction is the pathway that runs alongside it, providing great views of both the river itself and the skyscrapers of downtown Miami.

 

  • Visit Museum Park: Located just south of downtown, Museum Park is home to two of Miami’s most popular cultural attractions – the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Both museums are worth a visit, but if you only have time for one, PAMM should be your pick, as it has a far more extensive collection on display.

 

  • Stroll Through Wynwood Walls: Wynwood is a trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood in Miami that’s known for its abundance of street art. If you want to check out some of the best examples of this form of art, head to Wynwood Walls, where you’ll find dozens of murals by artists from all over the world.

 

  • Head To South Beach: Not far, and a jump bridge away, If you want to experience the quintessential Miam, there’s no better place to go than South Beach. The Art Deco District is a neighborhood in South Beach that is home to many beautiful Art Deco buildings. Some other popular activities include swimming, sunbathing, and people watching. The beach is also a great place to go for a walk or run, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars located nearby. ( Check out my guide to South Beach )

 

  • Wynwood Walls : this is one of the most popular locations in Miami. It’s here where you will find some of the most interesting street art murals around, so don’t forget to take some pictures.

 

How to move around in Brickell?

Brickell is served by the Miami Metrorail at the following stations:

Brickell station, Eighth Street station, and Museum Park station. The neighborhood is also served by Metrobus routes 3, 11, 24, 27, 36, 38, 83, 93, and the South Miami-Dade Busway.