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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (6) DoBro vs. (11) Greenpoint

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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!

One commenter and Curbed operative on the transformation of Downtown Brooklyn: "Never mind the Brooklyner, Brooklyn Fare, the new consolidated subway hub, Aloft hotel, or Dekalb Market, but soon there will be Shake Shack, the new Dieterle spot, H&M, a new residential complex, and so on. Subway access is awesome; walking access around Brooklyn is just as good." Another commenter points to the makeover of the BAM area and the sales and rental success stories the 'hood's had this year.

On the other side of this match-up we have Greenpoint, which improved its connection to the rest of the world when the East River ferry debuted this summer. The neighborhood might also be getting 10 luxury apartment towers with 4,000 units. Newtown Creek is getting a boathouse. And in the cultural arena, Greenpoint was the site of a nighttime art festival this fall.

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]