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Curbed Cup First Round: (3) Williamsburg vs. (14) Inwood

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year, for the past three years has been determined by reader vote. This year, we're upping the ante with a 16-neighborhood elimination tournament spanning the month of December. The first round concludes today with two more faceoffs, the winners of which will meet in round two, which begins tomorrow.

Williamsburg, a jovial, "hip" Brooklyn neighborhood just across the East River, needs little introduction around these parts. Why, just mumbling the phrase "Great Roof Tar Fire of '07" brings a rise out of everyone in the room. To say nothing of Radegast Hall! Up against this solid #3 seed is a true dark horse, the little neighborhood that could, the pride of Upper Manhattan, the #14 seed, Inwood. Notable events in Inwood this year included... er, the potential that someone might build something taller than six stories. And the emergence of a whole bunch of local bloggers. Which everyone knows is pretty cool. So who's moving on?

Williamsburg
2007 Notables:
· The Great Williamsburg Rooftar Fire of '07—relive the magic!
· Plans for the multi-towered new Domino Sugar development were revealed
· Karl Fischer row really came into its own. Unfortunately.
· After eons of anticipation, Radegast Hall finally opened!!!!
· The neighborhood finally got a real gym
· But was deemed not ready for its own Apple Store

Inwood
2007 Notables:
· The neighborhood was rebranded NoMa; results uncertain
· The Great Tower of Inwood was unveiled!
· The neighborhood made its second-ever Eater appearance!
· The neighborhood might have gotten another coffee shop, perhaps!
· Overall, it's just a place where even the lemonaid tastes sweeter

Other notables we forgot? Do let us know. Neighborhood smack-talk encouraged in the comments, too, natch.