And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until noon, January 2. Let the final battle begin!
If the Curbed Cup was the NCAA college basketball tournament, 0.000000001 percent of brackets would have chosen the final match-up. And that's a generous assumption. No one could have predicted that the highest seed to advance to the 2013 Curbed Cup Championship would be No. 8 Greenpoint. The north Brooklyn neighborhood defeated No. 9 Gowanus in the first round, then easily handled Governors Island in the Elite Eight. NoMad, a hotbed for new development, took an early lead over Greenpoint in the Final Four, but the latter squeaked by with 50.4 percent of the vote. Greenpoint will soon see its waterfront transformed by towering developments, and several smaller residential projects are in the works. Plus, the area had a stand-out year in regards to new restaurants.
But is Greenpoint prepared to take on the "civic-pride-crazed rabid beavers" of St. George? The Staten Island neighborhood launched a full-on voting campaignthe Staten Island Advance even wrote about the polland easily beat Jackson Heights. Residents of both neighborhoods came out in full force, casting an unprecedented 2,462 votes. The merits of each were debated in 75+ comments, but St. George ultimately got the W. With approvals secured for the 625-foot-tall observation wheel and the SHoP-designed Empire Outlets, St. George is on the cusp of major changes, but is that enough to win the Curbed Cup? Will the outpouring of support carry the underdog through the final round?
Which neighborhood had the best 2013 and deserves to win the Curbed Cup?
· All Curbed Cup 2013 [Curbed]