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!
Hudson Yards has been billed as the next great Manhattan neighborhood, and it officially broke ground last week. The megaproject will bring a handful of new skyscrapers within the next several years, and it's already spurred many other developments, including the 7 line extension, to be complete by next year and the final phase of the High Line, already under construction. There's also been something of a landrush by other developers, Joseph Chetrit picked up four lots mystery project, Gary Barnett is planning a tower, and even Related is building other structures in the area.
Facing off against Hudson Yards is the Financial District. Last year, FiDi made it to the semi-finals, but ultimately lost to Downtown Brooklyn. Is this the year for redemption? The neighborhood continued growing this year, with a slew of office-to-residential conversions opening or getting underway, and the 9/11 Memorial brought millions of tourists to the area. And of course, One World Trade Center officially became the tallest building in New York City. Hurricane Sandy dealt a huge blow to the neighborhood, shuttering dozens of buildings, but those who nominated the 'hood say that post-storm, the community has really banded together.
So which neighborhood gets to advance to round two?
· Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]