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 Thursday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
Our final Elite Eight matchup pits another unlikely pair of neighborhoods against each other. In one corner, Cobble & Boerum Hills started out the year as very desirable places to live, and ended up as very desirable places to live, but with an influx of new townhouse projects. Notable individual townhouses include a $16 million potential record breaker and the one owned by Beastie Boy Mike D. The neighborhood crushed Hunters Point in the first round.
Going up against the Hills is Staten Island's St. George, which pulled off a massive upset by defeating Downtown Brooklyn's BAM Cultural District in round one. The neighborhood has big things coming its way, with development energized by the impending Big Wheel, a 625-foot ferris wheel. There's also going to be a 1,000,000-square-foot outlet mall designed by guys-who-design-every-megaproject SHoP Architects. Is it finally Staten Island's time to shine?
· All Curbed Cup 2013 [Curbed]