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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (4) Seaport vs. (12) Gowanus

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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!

Since Curbed Cup voters last considered the South Street Seaport, even more announcements have been made involving the 'hood. The architects at SHoP shared their early plans for the makeover of the mall with the members of Community Board 1. There's also a new hotel coming to 30 Fletcher Street. And then there are all the original reasons for giving the Seaport a Curbed Cup seed this year: Rutgers Slip is next up for a bit of a makeover, and the Blue Man Group-founded Blue School is moving in. (The former USPS building at One Peck Slip is becoming a school, too.) There's also the arrival of events like 4 Knots.

Gowanus, meanwhile, had a narrow victory over Midtown West in our first round. What gave Gowanus its edge: the opening of popular neighborhood eateries like The Bell House and Four and Twenty Blackbirds. There's also the long-awaited Gowanus Whole Foods, though it now may be a bit longer-awaited. "The changes here are organic," one commenter put it in a nomination, "not driven by large residential development." So which 'hood will move on to the next round?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]