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!
Midtown West is increasingly becoming synonymous with Related's Hudson Yards development, which broke ground a year ago (work began in earnest this summer), and has seen a number of updates in the past year including new designs for the Culture Shed, Extell's One Hudson Yards (which Related later bought), and the rest of the buildings. Even more significantly, though, the megadevelopment has already proved to be a catalyst for the area, introducing extensions of both the 7 train and the High Line, as well as a number of new projects from other developers, including another Extell rental tower on 10th Avenue, a mixed-use tower from Frank McCourt, and a new Marriott Hotel on 34th. In addition, another (not quite as mega) megaproject, the rental towers of Gotham West, started leasing this summer.
A possible sleeper, Jackson Heights garnered a lot of support in the nomination phase of this contest and rode the wave to a number 14 seed. New developments in the past year include a six-story rental building at 40-07 73rd Street, a Downtown Natural Market on 37th Street, and newly acquired parkland, which will expand the neighborhood's open space. And there are the restaurants, which have been touted by none other than Lena Dunham. While it's not the development hotbed that Midtown West is, Jackson Heights does seem to have the genuine affection of its residents, which might be more than you can say for its glassy, skyscraper-y counterpart.
· Curbed Cup 2013 [Curbed]