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!
South Williamsburg, or Southside, if you prefer, defeated the South Street Seaport to advance to the Elite Eight, and it's not surprising to see why. The neighborhood, which we're considering to be south of Grand Street, is home to possibly the most talked-about megaproject of 2013: the new New Domino. Two Trees and SHoP Architects unveiled the tower-ific plan in March, and since then, the project has won key community support, and a temporary park opened on part of the site. The Domino buildings are a ways off, but there are countless new rental projects, as well as a handful of hotels, planned for the area's more immediate future.
Facing a tough challenge is this year's surprise Curbed Cup contender, Jackson Heights. The Queens neighborhood saw an outpouring of support in the nomination process, and that support clearly carried through the first round of votingJackson Heights comfortably beat the No. 3 seed, Midtown West. So what makes the area worthy? The area saw several new developments in 2013, including a six-story rental building at 40-07 73rd Street and a Downtown Natural Market on 37th Street, as well as plans for and expanded parkland. Plus the neighborhood's restaurants, where seemingly every cultural is represented, got some celeb love from Lena Dunham, and garnered continued praise from critic Robert Sietsema.
Which neighborhood deserves to advance to the Final Four?
· All Curbed Cup 2013 [Curbed]