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Curbed Cup: (7) Hunter's Point v. (10) Boerum & Cobble Hills

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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!

In addition to a really great new waterfront park, Hunter's Point saw a ton of new development this year. There's the big new rental building 27 on 27th; the affordable housing megaproject Hunter's Point South started construction on Phase 1 and chose a developer for Phase 2; 45-45 Center Boulevard saw strong demand from renters; and the 188-unit Maximilian started leasing. Plus, the neighborhood has one of the city's newest hot restaurants, M. Wells Steakhouse, plus two others on Eater's latest Queens Heat Map. But the neighborhood also suffered a huge loss: the graffiti mecca 5Pointz was whitewashed in advance of a two-tower redevelopment plan.

Though they area already established as desirable places to live, the Hills of Boerum and Cobble had something of a boom year. Not only did townhouses in the area list for crazy high prices—and often sell at crazy high prices at a super fast pace—but dozens of new townhouses were built and/or plans for them were announced. A potential record-smasher, that $16M townhouse, is also in the area. Actor Ethan Hawke now calls the 'hood home, and Beastie Boy Mike D showed off his very un-hip-hop townhouse. In the non-townhouse realm, lots of big name retailers—J.Crew, Lululemon, Intermix, Splendid—have opened or announced plans to soon open.

But do multi-million dollar single-family houses and national chains mean more than neighborhood-changing big developments? Which area deserves to continue to battle for neighborhood of the year?

Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2013 [Curbed]