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!
The area of Williamsburg south of Grand Street is home to several mega developments like Domino Sugar Factory, which this year has officially lurched into redevelopment with the dismantling of The Sugar Shed, where artist Kara Walker hosted her massive exhibition that drew crowds from far and wide. Oosten, another major development, was not only resuscitated from the depths of stalled site hell but also officially announced itself, launched sales, and is well on its way to dominating a full city block. Of course numerous smaller developments popped up throughout the area, and it would be a fault not to mention that the grand Williamsburgh Savings Bank reopened after its painstaking multi-year renovation and nearby restaurant Meadowsweet shook up the culinary scene and earned a Michelin star in doing so.
It was also a big year for Long Island City. Plans were unveiled for a tower that will become the borough's tallest residential building, iconic graffiti palace 5Pointz succumbed to the wrecking ball, the development of the Long Island City waterfront and Hunters Point South raged on and on and on, and Silvercup Studios began exploring in earnest the possibility of a $1 billion expansion. This year the neighborhood's record for priciest pad was broken not once, but twice. Also, neighborhood newcomer Mu Ramen draws crowds nightly that include the kind of people who said they'd never go to Queens.