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Curbed Cup Second Round: (4) West Village vs. (5) Bowery

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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. 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.

Yesterday's recap: The faceoff between #9 seed Tribeca and #16 seed Jackson Heights saw Tribeca open a big early lead. But Jackson Heights closed the gap late, though with over 2,600 votes cast, it fell just short of its second epic comeback. Final tallies: Tribeca, 52.2%; Jackson Heights, 47.8%. Tribeca moves on to take on the winner of...
Today's matchup: ... a battle of the downtown Manhattan power players. The West Village, #4 seed, enjoyed the widest margin of victory in round one, racking up 83.1% of the vote in its smackdown of the fading Meatpacking District. Number five seed The Bowery also cruised in the first round, besting the little neighborhood that couldn't, Red Hook, with 69.5% of the vote. But which of these nabes—certainly two of the most active, news and development-wise in 2007—will move on from here?

West Village
2007 Notables:
· Palazzo Chupi, people. Palazzo freaking Chupi. Schnabel you madman!
· Washington Square Park: still bickering! Still the same!
· There was only One Jackson... but also only one Superior Ink
· Those apartments in the Meier Building? Um, yeah—awesome
· Meantime, Gisele got out her PriceChopper
· Morandi Fever swept the country city block!
· Dept. of Health takes down Magnolia Bakery over missing front sink
· There might be a Bleecker Street storefront Marc Jacobs hasn't taken over. Might.
· CondomMania closed; one less reason to go on

The Bowery
2007 Notables:
· The new New Museum. So, er, new! Hell Yes, etc!
· The Bowery Hotel, and its sassy restaurant Gemma, opened for business
· The Cooper Square Hotel went from this insane rendering to reality in 9 months
· While protesters tried to block Cooper Square from hosting Spring Break '08
· Adding luxury to injury, John Varvatos signed a lease on the old CBGB space
· The city's biggest Whole Foods opened, with produce as far as the eye can see. And beer!
· Neighbors got wise to all this insanity just a little too late

THE BRACKET

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