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!
Enough happened at Atlantic Yards this year for it to receive its own 'hood category in the Curbed Cup?and for it to fly easily by East Harlem in the first round. The continued construction at the Barclays Center probably helped, and so did the announcement that the first residential tower will be modular construction and will break ground early next year.
AY's opponent in this round? Downtown Brooklyn. One commenter and Curbed operative wrote of the neighborhood's transformation this year: "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." (And hey, the Shake Shack just opened!) Another commenter points to the makeover of the BAM area and the sales and rental success stories the 'hood's had this year. So which 'hood should advance to the next round?
· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]