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 Tuesday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Wednesday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
Crown Heights easily topped Astoria in the first round of the Curbed Cup, and it's no surprise why. The no. 5 seed saw a tremendous amount of action in 2014. Dozens of new residential developments launched or were announced, and the Brownstoner team brought Berg'n, a new beer hall, and the Brooklyn Flea to the 'hood. Plus, the long-empty Bedford Armory is on its way to a new life, and a Starbucks moved in. All of this helped make rents rise faster than any other Brooklyn neighborhood and pushed sales prices to new highs; a townhouse between Rogers and Nostrand avenues just sold for a record-setting $2.9M.
Having escaped the first round by just eight votes, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens faces a tough challenge going up against its neighbor to the north. The no. 13 seed saw quite a bit of new development, and has about 1,000 new apartments in the pipeline. Most of the projects were not without controversy, especially the neighbor-hated 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue. There was also the poorly-named "Heights Park" townhouse development that tried to rename the neighborhood. But no matter, all four houses still sold in less than a month for $1.5M to $1.7M.