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!
It's been a huge year for the Financial District, not only because of the many milestones achieved at the neighborhood-defining World Trade Center site1 and 4 World Trade Center welcomed tenants, 3 World Trade Center secured funding, the 9/11 Museum opened and continues to stun visitors, and Calatrava's "bird in flight" transportation hub spread its wingsbut also because of the rampant residential-ization of the neighborhood. Beautiful, historic buildings like Woolworth, Walker's Verizon building on Barclay Street, and Temple Court are hurtling through pricey residential conversions. Not to mention the city's most expensive residential listing, a three-apartment combo unit at the Ritz Carlton asking $118.5 million, is in Battery Park City. Another major milestone, the massive Fulton Center finally availed itself.
Flatiron's been on the up and up for years, but a few new residential developments, hotels, and critically acclaimed eateries have helped it retain its place at the top. Sales launched at the neighborhood's new tallest towerthe Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed 45 East 22nd Streetand celebrities continued to flock to the neighborhood and take up residence in boutique buildings like The Whitman, which is now reportedly home to first daughter Chelsea Clinton, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, and Selena impersonator Jennifer Lopez. Eateries like newcomers Cosme, Marta, and Upland are places to see and be seen just about every night of the week, and have a fine meal while doing so.