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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) SPURA vs. (9) Gowanus

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

After half a century of delays, the SPURA redevelopment plan was finally approved, which means that 1.65 million-square-feet of Manhattan land will be getting a makeover. The approved plan includes 1,000 apartments, a 15,000-square-foot public open space, and a new 30,000-square-foot home for the Essex Market. SPURA also inspired some, er, creative urban planning, like the artificial ski slope, which should count for something, right?

In the other corner is Gowanus, which has been brought into the spotlight this year thanks to the Lightstone Group's plans to build 700 apartments on the old Toll Brothers site along the canal. The long-awaited Whole Foods was also finally approved, the summer's best dance parties took place beside the waterway, and the neighborhood's oddities became the subject of a new book.

Which neighborhood gets to make to the next round?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]