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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) DoBro vs. (16) West Harlem

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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!

Reigning champion Downtown Brooklyn has a chance to defend its title in this year's Curbed Cup, thanks to continued development in the 'hood this year. Incentives have disappeared from the neighborhood's rental buildings?not a positive for residents, perhaps, but a sign of a stronger market. The Jay Street-MetroTech subway renovation is finished. New restaurants opened (including some with debatable neighborhood designations). And, perhaps as a result of all of the above, several high-profile developers announced plans for new projects in Downtown Brooklyn. Two Trees has a 32-story apartment tower planned, the Brodsky Organization will be building a 440-unit rental building, and Flank will be building condos (attached to a hotel) at 71 Smith Street.

Facing a tough challenge from DoBro is West Harlem, where work is well underway on Columbia University's expansion. There are few new residential buildings and conversions, and a Whole Foods is opening.

So which neighborhood gets to advance to the next round?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]