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Curbed Cup Finals: (2) Madison Square Park 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. And now, without further ado, the finals.

Happy 2009, dear New York City. And now, as the new year dawns, it comes down to the final matchup in the Curbed Cup, our annual competition to name the most noteworthy neighborhood of the past year. Eighteen neighborhoods began the battle for supremacy two weeks ago, and after a brutal elimination tournament, it boils down to this: the #2 seed, Madison Square Park, facing off against the upstart #8 seed, Far West Village. The polls open now for the final vote, and will close Monday morning. May the best neighborhood win!