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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (4) DoBro vs. (5) Harlem's FDB

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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!

With an easy victory over Gowanus in the first round of voting, Downtown Brooklyn is still trying to prove itself the borough's next great neighborhood. Marks in its favor this year: all those sky-high new towers started filling up, and where disposable income goes, new businesses follow. The makeover of the Fulton Street Mall, headlined by Brooklyn's first Shake Shack, was one of the biggest retail stories of the year, and, uh, CVS is coming! New green space was announced to make the place feel less office-y, and just like other Brooklyn residential neighborhoods like, say, Dumbo, there's even the occasional hipster and eccentric overpriced penthouse!

Has DoBro found a worthy competitor this round in Harlem's Frederick Douglass Boulevard? The thoroughfare is also known as Eighth Avenue and as Harlem's Gold Coast. It earned the latter nickname for its condo boom, and its many new luxury developments have been selling fairly well lately. Long-arrested developments Gateway and The Lore are returning to the land of the living, and after more than seven years, Frederick Douglass Circle is open. And hey, the Aloft Hotel is finally supposed to open next week. How does that stack up against DoBro?

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· All Curbed Cup 2010 posts [Curbed]