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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) Financial District vs. (16) Rat Island

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 brought a wave of stories about the resurgence of the Financial District (and the opening of the 9/11 Memorial), and that's hardly the only time the 'hood's been in the news this year. A few other highlights: the Occupy Wall Street protestors took over Zuccotti Park. Andre Balazs bought 5 Beekman. And hey, New York by Gehry opened for leasing!

In the other corner we have the unfortunately named Rat Island, the 2.5 acre parcel between City Island and Hart's Island in the Bronx. It sold in October for $176,000?and sparked questions about just what NYC should do with its empty islands.

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]