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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (4) Crown Heights vs. (13) NW 'Burg

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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 a really great year, Crown Heights is making its solo debut in the Curbed Cup (it was part of ProCro last year). The neighborhood saw dozens of new restaurants, bars, and shops opening along Franklin Avenue, and it had the pleasure of being anointed by the Times. As more people are drawn to the neighborhood, rents in the area are rising, and several new residential buildings are taking shape. Plans were also put in motion for a 9,000-square-foot artisan food hall.

Crown Heights' opponent, Northwest Williamsburg, also had the pleasure of a Times profile this year, thanks to the opening of the Wythe Hotel. Said profile pretty much encapsulates what the area had going for it this year, but we can't forget that Williamsburg's newer waterfront developments like the Edge and Northside Piers rebounded quicker from Sandy than older buildings in Manhattan. The area also furthered the 'Burg's new restaurant/food domination, with a slew of new openings.

Which Brooklyn neighborhood gets to make it to round two?

Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]