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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (2) Atlantic Yards vs. (15) Bushwick

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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!

With the opening of the Barclays Center, arguably the most talked-about building this year, Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project finally became a reality this year. It brought with it delicious local food options, a sleek new subway entrance, a neat little public plaza, lots of public urination, and it got Jay-Z to ride the subway. The first residential tower, which will be the tallest modular building in the world, will break ground next week, and all of its parts will be manufactured in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Atlantic Yards' competition is Bushwick. The underrated 'hood has seen some interesting developments this year: plans for a 'grittier Chelsea market,' the infamous dance-party-hosting Trip House, the construction of a passive house, and the quirky Lavender Residence. The neighborhood is also getting a boutique hotel, and it's home to one of the most popular high-end restaurants of the year, Blanca.

So which neighborhood deserves to make it to round two?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]

Barclays Center

Atlantic Avenue at Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY