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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (7) Northside 'Burg vs. (10) Southside 'Burg

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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!

A Curbed Cup civil war! This was the year you could no longer refer to Williamsburg?last year's recession-themed Curbed Cup champion?as one big gentrified glob. Each side of the bridge has its own fully formed identity, starting with the Northside, which bounced back from being a real estate bust punchline to solidify its status as the next Meatpacking District (to the chagrin of many). Upscale boutique hotels, multimillion-dollar penthouses, house parties with their own bartenders?heck, even the city's fanciest Duane Reade! Snazzy! As one Curbed reader put it, "No other neighborhood had more huge residential projects finished, more high end retail open or more crazy ass stories take place." And there's not enough time in the day to review the insanity known as Edge.

Then there's the Southside, which has become the scrappy Williamsburg alternative for people not yet willing to make the Bushwick leap. Sure, development has crept south of the bridge (rental bidding wars, anyone?), but the streets are still largely absent of glassy giants. The Southside's 2010 was dominated by new destination dining, like Fatty 'Cue. This upstart will be a Curbed Cup contender for a while, but is it ready to make a run right now?

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· All Curbed Cup 2010 posts [Curbed]