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Curbed Cup 2nd Round: (1) High Line District vs. (8) Far West Village AND (5) Red Hook Waterfront vs. (13) Downtown Brooklyn

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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. And now, it's the second round; updated bracket here.

It's a quiet quasi-holiday Friday, so rather than play it coy and roll out two separate votes for the Curbed Cup, we're just mashing both polls into this here single post. A quick overview of the matchups: first up, in a Manhattan West Side faceoff, as top seed High Line District—defined as everything under the ancient elevated railroad tracks that run from the Meatpacking District up to 30th Street, and then loop around Hudson Yards—squares off against #8 seed Far West Village (to wit, everything west of Hudson Street). Then, in a Brooklyn battle royale, #5 seed the Red Hook Waterfront jostles with upstart #13 seed Downtown Brooklyn. Refresh your knowledge with neighborhood highlights from the year after the jump, then vote! Twice!

#1 High Line District (High Line track vicinity, MePa to Hudson Yards)
2008 Notables:
· Standard Hotel taunts us with unrealistic opening timeline... [Curbed]
· ... but thrills as a backdrop for the High Line's hot chairs [Curbed]
· After years of rumors, Barneys looks ready to move in at 13th Street [Racked]
· Legendary nabe restaurant Florent shuttered, to much weeping [Eater]
· Renzo Piano's plans for New Whitney sparked a lovefest [Curbed]
· Neal Denari's HL23 among many mind-blowing architectural creations astride the 'Line [Curbed]
· Rising cost of gas: High Line Mobil Station goes for $60m [Curbed]

#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]


#5 Red Hook Waterfront
2008 Notables:
· A little store called Ikea opened its doors [Racked]
· Megamall at nearby Revere Sugar site? Sure, why not [Curbed]
· Specifically, a BJ's Wholesale Club? Good times, good times [Racked]
· The cast of The Real World: Brooklyn settled into the hood [Curbed]
· The strange case of 160 Imlay finally settled [Curbed]
· Not far from the water, the Red Hook Ballfields served up plenty o' controversy [E]

#13 Downtown Brooklyn
2008 Notables:
· The Toren brought new development flair to a once-dead area [Curbed]
· Dreams of a 100-story Renzo Piano skyscraper faded into the dusk [Curbed]
· Preservation of the Underground Railroad houses raged as an issue [Curbed]
· Apple was coming! But actually, no it wasn't! [Racked]
· Morton's Steakhouse jazzes up the neighborhood [Eater]