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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) Far West Village vs. (9) Rich Man's Tribeca

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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!

And now, the final first-round matchup for the 2008 Curbed Cup, our annual tournament to determine the year's most important, influential, good-looking NYC neighborhood. It's a showdown between the two microneighborhoods that squeaked in via two play-in rounds last week. As a quick refresher, the Far West Village is land of Julian Schnabel and Palazzo Chupi—the area west of Hudson Street. As for Rich Man's Tribeca, it's not the languishing new developments on Broadway but rather the classic Tribeca; close enough to smell the Hudson River (or is that Nobu?). Either way, it's time to vote.

#8 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]

#9 Rich Man's Tribeca (roughly West Broadway to the Hudson, from Reade up to Desbrosses St.)
2008 Notables:
· 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.)

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