Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup per day—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
A lot of supporters for West Harlem came out in the first round, but it wasn't enough to knock off last year's Curbed Cup champion, Downtown Brooklyn. The 'hood has advanced to the second round, riding on the strength of its continued development. Two Trees has a 32-story apartment tower planned, the Brodsky Organization will be building a 440-unit rental building, and Flank will be building condos (attached to a hotel) at 71 Smith Street.
Going up against DoBro is Gowanus, which beat its contender (SPURA) by a larger margin than DoBro did. What's the area have going for it? Lightstone Group's plans to build 700 apartments on the old Toll Brothers site along the canal. The long-awaited Whole Foods was finally approved, the summer's best dance parties took place beside the waterway, and the neighborhood's oddities became the subject of a new book.
Which Brooklyn neighborhood gets to advance to the Final Four?
· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]