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!
Like last year, the Curbed Cup will be decided via a 16-seed elimination tournament based on reader votes, leading up to (and perhaps beyond) New Year's Day. And just like last year, the first day of competition is all about the play-in matchups. The four micro-hoods presented today are competing for two spots in the bracket. The first head-to-head scrum: Rich Man's Tribeca vs. Poor Man's Tribeca. How to define? Rich Man's Tribeca: classic Tribeca; close enough to smell the Hudson River (or is that Nobu?); insulated from economic despair; cobblestones and landmarked lofts dot the landscape, and celebrities outnumber cabbies. Poor Man's Tribeca: geographically within Tribeca's borders, but far fewer strollers and De Niro sightings; likes to pretend it's Tribeca proper, mostly in brokerbabble. Capiche? Let's send it to the vote, which we'll leave open until tomorrow morning:
Rich Man's Tribeca (roughly West Broadway to the Hudson, from Reade up to Desbrosses St.)
· North Tribeca Mystery Building revealed as awesomely pompous Truffles Tribeca
· De Niro's gorgeous Greenwich Hotel finally opened...
· ...only to see restaurant Ago become a shitshow. Vongerichten in from bullpen.
· Crazy 'Our Suburb' finished up, abandoned
· 'Hood got its own pristine piece of Hudson River Park
· Pioneer David Bouley rejiggered his nabe portfolio, to varying degrees of success
· Mayor Drew Nieporent turned legendary Montrachet into Corton blockbuster
· Famed Liquor Store bar became experimental high-end J. Crew men's shop
· Jay-Z & Beyonce got married here! (We think.)
Poor Man's Tribeca (AKA the scraps)
· Epic reveal #1: Herzog & de Meuron do Jenga at 56 Leonard Street
· Epic reveal #2: Ben van Berkel goes back-alley at 5 Franklin Place
· Michael Hirtenstein builds massive den of sin at One York
· Four words: Whole Foods motherfuckin' Tribeca
· Fancy new 200 Chambers Street plagued by stinky meat sweats
· ...and by the plague of brown water
· Influential Knitting Factory set to relocate to Williamsburg post-NYE blowout
Any big ones we're leaving out? Do let us know.