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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (4) Hudson Yards vs. (13) PLG

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the New York City neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

There might not be an area in the city where more construction is happening right now than in Hudson Yards. In 2014, construction began on Related's essential rail yards-covering platform while construction on Manhattan West's platform was completed, Hudson Boulevard & Park made its unofficial debut, and the neighborhood-hugging High Line phase three availed itself to hoards of tourists (and everyone else.) The year also brought about a zillion building re-designs, as well as word of more than a handful of new towers. Also momentous, ground was broken on the first Hudson Yards condo tower, and neighbors turned a deaf ear to construction noise in the name of progress.

Big changes are also happening in Brooklyn's Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, which is bracing for at least 1,000 new apartments. The most notable new construction includes developer Hudson Companies' contested 23-story building—the neighborhood's tallest tower yet—at 626 Flatbush Avenue, and the 40-apartment luxury building by ubiquitous Brooklyn developer Hello Living. In 2014, homes in PLG started to fetch over $2 million (hello Carroll Gardens five years ago), with demand higher across the neighborhood. In fact, PLG has been placed so firmly on the map, that a developer attempted to rename it "Heights Park." The four townhouses that were the crux of that publicity stunt? All in-contract in less than a month.

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· All Curbed Cup 2014 coverage [Curbed]