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Curbed Cup Semifinals: (2) Madison Square Park vs. (14) Old East 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. This is the second and last semifinal matchup; tomorrow, the finals!

So who's going to earn the pleasure of taking on the Far West Village (which took care of Red Hook's waterfront) for all the marbles—and the fake Curbed Cup trophy for the 2008 Neighborhood of the Year? In the near corner, the favorite, the #2 seed, Madison Square Park. And in the far corner, the upstart, the darkhorse, the yuppie-hating masses that comprise #14 seed Old East Village. We've got a sense this one's going down to the wire. Let's see, shall we?

#14 Old East Village
2008 Notables:
· Yuppie hating back with a vengeance! [Curbed]
· 'Die Hard Yuppie Scum' protesters run wild at Avalon Bowery [Curbed]
· Drug-fueled defecation returns... albeit to luxury apartment building [Curbed]
· St. Brigid's on Ave. B saved by anonymous gift, restoration begins [Curbed]
· And nearby, CHARAS/El Bohio preserved as landmark [Curbed]
· Longtime nabe fave Love Saves the Day shutters [Racked]
· Grody Met Foods saved from greedy NYU [Racked]
· Goths at Vampire Freaks open their very own store! [Racked]
· New, not old, but God people, praise be for Milk Bar [Eater]

#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]