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!
The Upper West Side managed a completely expected victory over Ditmas Park in the first round of the Curbed Cup. As one commenter noted when first nominating the UWS, "this once bland neighborhood has definitely begun a transition that should be noticed." For one thing, there's a new Trader Joe's. For another, that Trader Joe's is located inside The Corner, the flashy and pricey rental building that has injected some fashion sense into the 'hood. Riverside Center made some key progress, and Lincoln Center's makeover continued. The Apthorp finally started closings, and 15 Central Park West is still busting records.
The Upper West Side's opponent today is Northside Williamsburg, which bounced back this year 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. Can the brand new beat the old made new?
· All Curbed Cup 2010 posts [Curbed]