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Curbed Cup First Round: (4) West Village vs. (13) Meatpacking

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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 continues today with a morning and an afternoon faceoff, the winners of which will meet in round two.

In a battle of proximity that could prove as bloody as yesterday's razor-close Soho/Tribeca staredown, here we have the West Village, the #4 seed, squaring off with the Meatpacking District (#13). While MePa was certainly hot once—surely it would have won Neighborhood of the Year in 2001, had Curbed existed—besides the rise of André Balazs' stunning Standard Hotel above the High Line, it was a pretty crappy year for the place. Meantime, in the West Village, Marc Jacobs took over Bleecker Street, Magnolia Bakery was DOH'd, and artist Julian Schnabel named his pink palace Palazzo Chupi. Okay, so maybe it wasn't the best year for the WVill, either. Anyway.

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

MePa
2007 Notables:
· The MeatBoard rocked our world; P.S. the hotel won
· Shit with the MeatBoard got so dicey that Keith McNally took to the barricades
· The incredible Standard Hotel rose over the fast-transforming High Line
· A bizarre public plaza rose from what used to be, uh, roadway
· Mere addition of outdoor seating enough to christen new restaurant
· The glowing West 14th Apple Store opened... well, almost

Other notables we overlooked? Do let us know. And your best arguments for neighborhood superiority or inferiority are welcomed in the comments below, too.