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!
Thanks to mindboggling condo prices and an endless wave of luxury development, 57th Street earned the top seed in this year's Curbed Cup. Gary Barnett's One57 continued to make headlines with sales (including one to a Chinese toddler), while 432 Park Avenue upped the ante with a second penthouse and revealed its floorplans and interiors. In terms of new development, Extell unveiled its full plan for a supertall tower just down the street from One57; SHoP Architects has designed the world's most slender tower for 107 West 57th Street; and TF Cornerstone outlined plans for the city's largest apartment building on 57th Street near West End Avenue. Plus, Bjarke Ingels' magical pyramid is now rising, and plans were revived for a 57-story tower near Second Avenue.
The challenger also saw a lot of development, but of a very different variety. Governors Island began its transformation to a year-round destination with the announcement of new tenantsa day spa, international school, and an arts groupand the island completed 30 new acres of parkland.
Which neighborhood deserves to advance?
· All Curbed Cup 2013 coverage [Curbed]