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Curbed Cup Play-In: Near West Village vs. Far West Village

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year, is taking on a different tone in this, its fifth running. West Village, Long Island City, Williamsburg?they've all been done. Instead, we're mixing things up by focusing on the most newsworthy microneighborhoods. Let the eliminations commence!

While the intra-Tribeca faceoff looks like quite the tight race at this point, let's throw the wraps off today's second play-in matchup for a spot in the 16-seed elimination tournament to name the Neighborhood of the Year. Here we've got Near West Village against Far West Village, two neighborhoods divided by, let's say, Hudson Street. On the nearside, for 2008 highlights, we've got Marc Jacobs, who never met a Bleecker Street storefront he didn't want to colonize; the graceful undulations underway at One Jackson—and, sadly, a still-shuttered Chumleys. Farther West, in the land of the chaos at our dear Palazzo Chupi, there's been the wholesale remaking of 12th Street by various real estate developers—and the arrival of Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, bringing upscale pizazz (and attendant prices) to the boutiquey Jane Hotel. To the vote:

Near West Village (East of Hudson Street, west of Sixth Avenue)
2008 Notables:
· Bleecker Street mallification update: more Marc, more Ralph, more Seven [Racked]
· More Bleecker Street madness: Juicy Couture blows our minds [Racked]
· The undulation that is One Jackson Square began its rise to glory [Curbed]
· Things kept getting worse for Chumley's, which may reopen as early as 2022 [Eater]
· Greenwich Avenue gets its very own human-sized birdcage [Eater]

Far West Village (West of Hudson Street/Eighth Avenue)
2008 Notables:
· Palazzo Chupi IN CRISIS; God weeps for Schnabel [Curbed]
· Hugh Jackman moves into one of the Meier Towers for a cool $3m [Curbed]
· Jane Street Hotel remade into boutique Jane Hotel [Curbed]
· The Rusty Knot brought faux-divebar cocktail-food-vibe to the old West space [Eater]
· Far West 12th got remade, with FLAnk's 385 W12th; VC Fred Wilson's 397 W12th; and Superior Ink [Curbed]

Any notable events we've forgotten? Do chime in.