Here's the last Curbed Cup matchup before the finals, the Curbed Cup being our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year, of course. The polls will be left open for 24 hours, and the final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin tomorrow.
Last year's champ is proving to be a tough out! Northside Williamsburg has already dispatched its Southside neighbor and pre-tournament contender the Upper West Side. This year the neighborhood went from being a real estate bust punchline to solidifying 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.
Meanwhile, the tournament Cinderella that is Governors Island has turned away higher seeds the Wholesale District and Hell's Kitchen. 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]