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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (1) Park Slope vs. (9) West Village

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Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup per day?with the polls left open for 24 hours?and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!

After slipping by underdog Roosevelt Island in a controversial vote, Park Slope's march to Curbed Cup glory continues. The Slope is the people's choice (it received double the reader nods of the next most popular Curbed Cup nominee), and this year it was scientifically proven to be NYC's most "livable" neighborhood. It also sported the city's most controversial new bike lane. Quite the achievements! The retail and restaurant scenes continue to expand, starchitects are showing up and wealthy Googlers are renovating $8.5 million mansions. But every giant has weaknesses. The neighborhood's outskirts still leave something to be desired, and even some Slopers loathe the place. But as one reader put it, "If it's good enough for New York magazine and the American Planning Association, it should be good enough for Curbed."

Not a lot of buzz for perennial contender West Village in 2010, but enough to dispatch rival Noho. And it still has history, cobblestones, Marc Jacobs, 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 a house. 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. Is that enough to slay the Slope?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2010 posts [Curbed]