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Curbed Cup 2nd Round: (2) Madison Square Park vs. (10) Nolita

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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, on with the second round.

In this, the third of our four second-round matchups, we've got a classic Manhattan confrontation on our hands. As the #2 seed, Madison Square Park and its vicinity seems to have had it all this past year: amazing new buildings both growing and planned, and Shake Shack burgers to wash it all down. As the #10 seed, Nolita looks like a bit of a dark horse here, but don't count out a nabe that saw its own share of real estate development this year. To the vote!

#2 Madison Square Park
2008 Notables:
· Rem Koolhaas has an idea for something really fucking bonkers [Curbed]
· As does old friend Danny Libeskind [Curbed]
· Not to be outdone, Clocktower Condos announce Versace as designer [Curbed]
· Things to look forward to: battle of $50m penthouses! [Curbed]
· Toy Center Condos score their own eight-floor addition [Curbed]
· And there's more fun on the way in 2009! [Eater]

#10 Nolita
2008 Notables:
· Our longtime love 11 Spring Street lingered on the market, gloriously [Curbed]
· SHoP's 290 Mulberry Street fed our love for undulation [Curbed]
· 211 Elizabeth: rare new development attuned to neighborhood context [Curbed]
· Fire closes nabe fave Lovely Day, possibly for good [Eater]
· The neighborhood got its own, uh, fondue cave [Eater]
· 19 Kenmare, kept from Ivan Kane, may yet turn into something, maybe [Eater]
· Longtime retailer Tracy Feith moved on [Racked]