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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) Noho vs. (9) West Village

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

Penthouses, penthouses, penthouses. That's what eighth-seeded Noho has going for it on the way into its first Curbed Cup face-off. There are the Belgian wood floors of 54 Bond, the developer's special at 48 Bond, and Ian Schrager's lawn at 40 Bond (great place for soccer.) Then there's the neighborhood's newest inhabitant, Will Smith. And even the 'hood's average folks create apartments that look like their lunch. Noho may lack the brand recognition of Soho, and a certain upcoming hotel has been accused of impoliteness. But Noho also avoids the Village's association with drunk, show-tune-singing NYU kids.

Up against Noho is the ninth-seeded West Village, which received a single Curbed commenter nomination for its history, cobblestones, Marc Jacobs stores, and the recent downtown sales record set at 'hood prodigy Superior Ink. A bunch of celebs already call it home, and Courtney Love still wants to buy a house there. This may mean art has no place in the West Village these days. But there are still corners of the neighborhood where one can rent a $400/month apartment from a confused old man.

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· All Curbed Cup 2010 coverage [Curbed]