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!
The crane collapse at One57 was a negative mark on the record of West 57th Street, which has otherwise had a strong, upward-trending year. At One57 itself, the $90M+ penthouse sale shattered records to become NYC's biggest deal ever. Elsewhere along the street, there are plenty of other towers in progress, including Bjarke Ingels PB&J pyramid at 625 West 57th Street and the Roman and Williams Willow Hotel at 120 West 57th Street.
West 57th Street's competition is nearby: Midtown East. The neighborhood has been in the news due to a proposed (and controversial rezoning), and while preservationists and public officials debate that, new buildings are already underway. Kohn Pedersen Fox is designing a skyscraper, One Vanderbilt. Norman Foster designed a new tower at 425 Park Avenue. And big-name architects got creative imagining the Grand Central of the future.
So which 'hood moves on to the next round?
· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]