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Curbed Cup Round Two: (9) Tribeca vs. (16) Jackson Heights

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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. After 8,479 total votes were cast in the first round, with four favorites and four underdogs advancing, we've now moved on to round two in our quest to determine the neighborhood that most defined New York, for better or for worse, in 2007.

The tightest battle of the first round went down between #8 seed Soho and #9 seed Tribeca, with the triangle below Canal taking its neighbor to the north-east by the slimmest of margins—50.7% to 49.3%, a difference of 13 votes out of 931 cast. Now, Tribeca stares down the first round's Cinderella story, Jackson Heights, which amazingly managed to overpower #1 seed FiDi, again by a hair, 51.2% to 48.8%. But now, we must decide: who's deserving of moving on to next week's semifinals?

Tribeca
2007 Notables:
· 'Our Suburb' on No. Moore got its very own swimming pool delivered
· Debate swirled viz. proper nomenclature for the southern part of the nabe
· Robert Deniro's Greenwich Hotel prepped for its gala squeeky debut
· Residents braced for 57 stories of Swiss goodness
· Amidst other construction rubble, 101 Warren scored a Bed Bath & Beyond!
· Stalwart eatery Bubby's slapped down by Dept. of Health
· While secret-ish bars with elevator bathrooms entranced the hipsterati

Jackson Heights (aka Jack Heights, at least by insane real estate marketers)
2007 Notables:
· The neighborhood was deemed worthy of FreshDirect delivery!
· Was actually renamed Jack Heights by ambitious developer

THE BRACKET

Polls open until noon tomorrow, when the next matchup begins.