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 two matchups apiece on Monday and Thursdaywith the polls left open for 24 hoursand by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
The first round of the 2013 Curbed Cup tournament saw a lot of upsets, which means that the highest remaining seeds are facing off in this match-up. No. 5 Chelsea just barely survived the first round; the booming neighborhood beat Crown Heights by a mere 0.5 percent. In 2013, Chelsea saw a ton of new residential development, most notable the Walker Tower, which had a stellar year breaking records and attracting celebs. Seemingly dozens of new projects were announced for the western part of the neighborhood around the High Line, including Zaha Hadid's first New York project, Thomas Juul-Hansen's High Line-straddling building, and Cary Tamarkin's 15-unit development.
In the other corner, we have NoMad, the highest seed remaining in the tournament. Like Chelsea, the neighborhood saw a lot of new development, but in a much smaller area. New condo conversion the Whitman brought Chelsea Clinton and Jeff Gordon to the area as buyers, while the Dutch-inspired Huys, 10 Madison Square West, and 241 Fifth also all came to market. Plus, the NoMad Hotel announced an expansion, and Virgin Hotel revealed plans for a 300-room outpost on West 29th Street. And we can't forget that the Fortress of Glassitude came roaring back to life, bringing some starchitect pizazz to the 'hood.
Which neighborhood had the better year and deserves to advance to the Final Four?
· Curbed Cup 2013 [Curbed]