For the past three years, Curbed has closed out the year with a reader vote to award the Curbed Cup to the Neighborhood of the Year (2004, Fort Greene; 2005, Prospect Heights; 2006, West Harlem). This year, we're kicking things up a notch. Starting next week, we'll begin a four-week elimination tournament among the year's top 16 New York neighborhoods to determine the winner, with Curbed, Eater, and Racked all playing a part. But before we begin this madness, we need your help. Have any strong feelings as to which neighborhoods had the biggest and best year in terms of real estate development, advances in dining/nightlife and breakthroughs in retail? Your input would be greatly appreciated, so we can narrow the list down and seed accordingly. Let us know what hoods you think deserve consideration, and the reasons why. Then check back on Monday as the tournament kicks off, and vote your choice on to glory!