And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until noon, January 1. Let the final battle begin!
We've arrived at the moment we've all been waiting for: the final showdown of this year's Curbed Cup tournament. Our contenders are two neighborhoods not, until recently, known for their residential life. First up is the Financial District, fresh from a strong win over its own South Street Seaport microhood. What was the year like for FiDi? Newsy! The tenth anniversary of 9/11 (and the opening of the 9/11 Memorial) meant a surge of news stories about the 'hood, and it kept putting itself in the headlines thereafter, especially when the Occupy Wall Street protestors took over Zuccotti Park. Andre Balazs bought 5 Beekman. And hey, New York by Gehry opened for leasing!
The other possible neighborhood of the year is Downtown Brooklyn, which only just eked out a win over West Chelsea in the Final Four. One commenter and Curbed operative wrote of DoBro'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, that 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 neighborhood wins it all?
· All Curbed Cup 2011 coverage [Curbed]