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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (2) 57th Street vs. (15) Mott Haven

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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!

Love it or hate it (and everybody's got an opinion) 57th Street has taken its place as the home of the most ambitious, expensive, and, above all, tall residential real estate in New York City. Gary Barnett's One57, which opened this summer, paved the way and while sales have slowed, that's mostly because of all the competition that's arriving. The Rafael Vinoly-designed 432 Park Avenue became the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere this year, while other super-luxury newcomers like 252 East 57th Street, the Nordstrom Tower, 111 West 57th Street, and the MoMA Tower on West 53rd (close enough) moved forward as well. You'd be hard pressed to name an area changing the landscape, or the skyline, of the whole city as much as 57th Street is—even if basically no one is actually going to end up living in the apartments.

The cleanup and revitalization of the Harlem River may be setting the stage for Mott Haven, in the southwestern section of the Bronx, to finally have its long-awaited "moment." In large part, that will hinge on whether the massive South Bronx waterfront redevelopment actually ends up happening—bringing with it 4,000 units of housing to the Exterior Street Waterfront—but it's seeming increasingly likely that it will. The neighborhood is also about to see FreshDirect move its headquarters there, much to the chagrin of locals, and may soon see the long-delayed $6 million walking and biking bridge to Randall's Island open. And, just above Mott Haven's northern border, Young Woo & Associates is about to convert the Bronx General Post Office into some sort of Chelsea Market-type complex.

Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2014 [Curbed]