We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup today and tomorrow—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and the final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin on Thursday. Let the eliminations continue!
The Financial District only just managed a win over Williamsburg in the last round, and now the competition gets tougher. The tenth anniversary of 9/11 (and the opening of the 9/11 Memorial) has meant a big year for FiDi?or at least for stories about the resurgence of the neighborhood. 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 in this round, its own South Street Seaport microhood, has the support of a small but enthusiastic band of residents. The neighborhood's major redevelopment is still in the planning stages (some ideas recently came to light), but there are plenty of smaller changes happening. Rutgers Slip is next up for a bit of a makeover, and the Blue Man Group-founded Blue School is moving. (The former USPS building at One Peck Slip is becoming a school, too.) And then there's the arrival of events like 4 Knots. So which neighborhood will make it to the finals?
· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]