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!
It's the Curbed Cup upset special! In one corner we have Hell's Kitchen, which triumphed easily over the buzzy Wholesale District. Hell's Kitchen used to be the neighborhood name that real estate brokers dare not utter, but now the no-man's-land is looked at like one big dollar sign. Crazy new towers, Frank Gehry sightings, big gay party palaces?even the dudes who made Dumbo want a piece. As one fired up Curbed reader put it, "It's got everything previous winners have had: craptacular new crapitechture, two restaurant rows (46th St or 9th Ave are equally mediocre), significant migration of a hip sub-culture (hello, Chelsea...stay awhile), its a 'great place to raise a family', and sure to be deemed overrated within the next three years." Can't argue with that logic.
Next we have the narrowest victor from Round 1, Governors Island. The now-mainstream tourist destination dreamed big this year (smashed attendance records, host of many of the summer's biggest events, etc.), even if it's still not a park. But the transfer of power ended the island's budget woes, and it's time to look to the future. There were more new renderings for the marshlands, artificial hills, hammock grove, and architecture set to come to the island over the next few years. There might not be a giant Ferris wheel, but speaking of wacky schemes, NYU still has the island in its sights.
· All Curbed Cup 2010 posts [Curbed]