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My Favorite Street // Collins Avenue

Collins Avenue

Photo by Graciela Cattarosa

"Collins is safe and exciting—there's a lot of life and energy." — Danny Huston

Given Danny Huston’s family tree, it would be strange if he weren’t in show business. His late father, John Huston, directed silver-screen classics such as The African Queen and The Maltese Falcon. His half-sister is Anjelica Huston. We’d list other Hustons in the biz, but we don’t have room. Danny, a veteran character actor, has appeared in big budget blowouts (see X-Men Origins), indie sleepers (Fade to Black) and acclaimed television series (HBO’s John Adams). He bolstered his small-screen resumé last month with the premiere of Starz' Magic City, a 1950s-era drama on which he plays a Miami gang boss. “I lived in an ocean-view apartment on Collins Avenue while working on Magic City,” explains the actor (and occasional director). “It’s the main artery of Miami Beach, lined with deco, midcentury and newly built hotels.”

Photo courtesy of Joe's Stone Crab.        

“Collins Avenue evokes a past era, but its redevelopment has kept it very much in the present,” Huston says. “The Fontainebleau and Eden Roc, both newly restored hotels, were midcentury palaces, home to movie stars, mobsters and presidents like JFK.”

“Collins is safe and exciting—there’s a lot of life and energy. It changes at every block—from the modest apartments and hotels of South Beach to the rich, swanky Bal Harbour Shops at its northern end. It’s an architectural kaleidoscope.”

“At South Pointe Drive and Washington Avenue sits Joe’s Stone Crab. Here in 1913, Joe and Jennie Weiss started the first restaurant in Miami Beach in a wooden house among the mangroves. Order the stone crab, creamed spinach, fries and coleslaw.”

Cecconi’s, on the ground floor of the Soho Beach House, is a perfect stop for a delicious truffle pizza or the grilled octopus. The Soho and Cecconi’s became a home away from home for me, and I would like to thank their staff for their warm hearts.”

“I also love walking down the boardwalk, which runs east of Collins Avenue along the ocean,” Huston says. “The dilapidated ’30s and ’40s art deco buildings and the swanky hotels and clubs make for a memorable stroll at any time of the day or night.”

More to Explore
From shops and architecturally relevant hotels to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, Miami Beach’s main drag is alive with culture.

  • The Perry South Beach is yet another stunning Collins Avenue hotel. Grab a VIP cabana at its rooftop bar. 2377 Collins Ave.
  • The Raleigh Hotel is a glamorous art deco lodging constructed in 1940. 1775 Collins Ave.

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