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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (1) FiDi vs. (8) Williamsburg

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Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup per day?with the polls left open for 24 hours?and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!

The Financial District stayed strong through the first round of the Curbed Cup. Let's review its qualifications before we open the polls for voting again, shall we? The tenth anniversary of 9/11 brought a wave of stories about the resurgence of FiDi (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!

FiDi's opponent today is Williamsburg, which sailed past ProCro in the first round. Why might this be Williamsburg's year? A few stalled sites came back to life, including the third Northside Piers tower. The Hotel Williamsburg opened, and there are several other hotel projects on the way. And the Finger Building opened! So which neighborhood should make it into the Final Four?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]