We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup today and tomorrow?with the polls left open for 24 hours?and the final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin on Wednesday. Let the eliminations continue!
Park Slope managed another fairly close victory in its match-up with the West Village, and now the neighborhood'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."
Trying to block Park Slope's rise to the top is Harlem's Frederick Douglass Boulevard, coming off a strong victory over Downtown Brooklyn. FDB 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's latest soft opening date is today. Is that enough to topple Park Slope?
· All Curbed Cup 2010 posts [Curbed]