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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (2) West Chelsea vs. (15) UWS

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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!

Several tipsters wrote in with reasons why West Chelsea is a prime Curbed Cup contender this year, the opening of Phase II of the High Line first among them. The effect of the High Line on the neighboring real estate is well known, so let's turn instead to the other neighborhood happenings tipsters mentioned: Sleep No More, Bungalow 8's transformation from club into art gallery, and the opening of new hotels.

West Chelsea's opponent, the Upper West Side, is more of a sleeper nomination. Fewer major buildings opened in the 'hood this year than last year, but the ones that did verge on blockbuster status. (Lookin' at you, Laureate.) There were also the less favorable headlines, like the lawsuit alleging racism at the legendary Dakota. So which neighborhood advances to the next round?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]