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!
In its debut year in the Curbed Cup, Crown Heights just barely beat Northwest Williamsburg to advance to the Elite Eight. The neighborhood had a busy year, with dozens of new restaurants, bars, and shops opening along Franklin Avenue, and several new residential buildings are taking shape. The neighborhood also had the pleasure of being anointed by the Times, and, as more people are drawn to the neighborhood, rents in the area are rising.
In the other corner, we have Dumbo, which easily triumphed over Roosevelt Island in the first round. There's now more to add to Dumbo's list of accolades, as Brooklyn Bridge Park issued the RFP yesterday for a residential building on a vacant John Street lot under the Manhattan Bridge. The park has been on a roll this year, opening more sections, and development of the Empire Stores finally moved forward. New buildings continued to hit the market and sell well, and Dumbo got a new celebrity neighbor, Anne Hathaway.
Which neighborhood gets to go to the Final Four?
· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed]