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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (3) Atlantic Yards vs. (14) East Harlem

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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 drama has mostly quieted (except for the cinematic kind), but it's still been a big year at Atlantic Yards?so big that we're giving it its own neighborhood category. The roof is on the way up at the Barclays Center. And Forest City Ratner announced that the first residential tower at Atlantic Yards will be modular construction, to break ground in early 2012.

Even though New Harlem East hasn't quite taken off as a neighborhood, East Harlem also had a notable year. East 125th Street's retail row is finally en route to a makeover. And then there's the area's new luxury housing stock, including 1212 Fifth Avenue and the new Durst Fetner Residential rental building on 102nd Street. So which emerging 'hood gets to advance?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]