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 two more faceoffs, the winners of which will meet in round two.
If there's a neighborhood that rivaled West Chelsea for crazy architectural development in 2007, it was Noho, the #7 seed. On a single block of Bond Street, Ian Schrager completed his 40 Bond masterpiece, while 25 Bond and 48 Bond each brought unique architectural stylings to the cobblestoned byway. And then there's the crazy-ass circular thing someone might build on Great Jones, and the teardown of the old Screw Factory to make way for some sort of mega-mansion. Taking on Noho is none other than Long Island City, a neighborhood that enjoyed its own floating tree—not to mention development up the wazoo. We've got a feeling this one's going to be close, so polls will remain open until 9am Monday. It's on!
· Ian Schrager's 40 Bond development captured humanity's collective imagination...
· ... so much so that flippers quickly flipped their 40 Bond apartments
· 25 Bond got its sassy limestone facade on
· The old screw factory at 30 Great Jones was destroyed
· This insane circular creation on Great Jones Street? Um, yeah
· But Avroko's plans to open a hip restaurant on the block got shot down
· Toys 'R' Us seized the famed, shuttered Tower Records space
Long Island City
· There was a floating aluminum tree!
· A giant new rental apartment building opened!
· Other big developments were developed!
· Starbucks is eyeing the neighborhood!
· They're finally getting a real grocery store, maybe!
Other notables we forgot? Do let us know. Neighborhood smack-talk encouraged in the comments, too, natch.