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Curbed Cup Semifinals: (5) Red Hook Waterfront vs. (8) 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. Here now, the first of the semifinal matchups; the second runs tomorrow, and voting in the finals commences New Year's Day. Onward!

Like the microneighborhood itself, #5 seed Red Hook Waterfront has coasted along, not blowing out the competition, but doing what it needed to get it done in the first two rounds and advance to the semis. But now, the power of Ikea faces a stern test in upstart #8 seed Far West Village, which played its way into the tourney and then knocked off the High Line District, the Curbed Cup's #1 seed. Only one will advance to play for all the marbles on New Year's Day. Who's it going to be?

#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]

#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]