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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (5) Roosevelt Island vs. (12) Dumbo

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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!

Is this finally Roosevelt Island's year? It just might be! The long, long, long-awaited Four Freedoms Park finally opened, there are all kinds of new stores coming to Main Street, and New York City's third largest public art installation ever is on its way to Roosevelt Island's abandoned smallpox hospital next summer. And, of course, this year saw the unveiling of Cornell's plans for its Roosevelt Island tech campus, which will have a patent office, too.

Roosevelt Island's competition is Dumbo. Development continued this year at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and even the old Empire Stores coffee warehouse is finally getting its turn at redevelopment. (The Tobacco Warehouse is, too.) New buildings continued to hit the market and sell well. Dumbo, like Roosevelt Island, got some fun public art. And the nabe received a celebrity endorsement with Anne Hathaway's move there.

So which neighborhood should advance to the next round?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]