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!
Seeds four and 13 are in very different parts of Manhattan, but both neighborhoods saw a lot of development this year, warranting their own Microhood Maps. First up, there's NoMad (North of Madison Square Park), which has gone from a blank spot on the map to a hotbed for new condos and hotels. The ever-popular NoMad Hotel (with an even more popular restaurant) announced an expansion, and Virgin Hotel revealed plans for a 300-room outpost on West 29th Street. In terms of residential development, the Whitman waltzed onto the market, attracting Chelsea Clinton and Jeff Gordon as buyers; the Fortress of Glassitude at 400 Park Avenue South came back to life; newbie 241 Fifth saw strong sales; and the Dutch-inspired Huys, as well as 10 Madison Square West, hit the market.
In the other corner, we have Harlem's 125th Street. The main thoroughfare has been transforming for quite while, but this year brought some serious action. The brewery/incubator/light manufacturing hub CREATE @ Harlem Green broke ground, prep work began at the Whole Foods site, and the National Urban League wants to build their new headquarters on West 125th Street. Big name retailers have plans to move to the street, and at least two new residential projects were revealed, including one by Bjarke Ingels. And let's not forget the ongoing construction of Columbia's Manhattanville, which sits at the western most end of 125th.
Which neighborhood is more deserving of the Curbed Cup?
· Curbed Cup 2013 coverage [Curbed]