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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) West Village vs. (9) Red Hook

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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!

The second bout in the first round of the Curbed Cup pits a tried-and-true favorite against an underdog.

It's been a big year for the West Village. In 2015, the massive Greenwich Lane development dominated the Village skyline, smashed the record for most expensive property ever sold in the neighborhood, and also nearly sold out all 200-plus units. Herzog & de Meuron's next New York City project at 160 Leroy Street followed suit with a sales launch and a nearly half-sold milestone just two weeks after coming to market. Momentum around the plan to sell Pier 40's air rights to fund the redevelopment of St. John's Terminal got real with a slew of new renderings detailing just what that 1,500-apartment development might look like one day (if a deal ever goes through.) Meanwhile, the historic Stonewall Inn—the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement—became a New York City landmark and is now vying for National Monument status.

No, the subway still doesn't go to Red Hook, but that isn't stopping the neighborhood from emitting some hot, hot heat. Italian developer Est4te Four's affecting major change in the 'hood with their pricey condo conversion of the former New York Dock Company building at 160 Imlay Street, which is now fully in-contract despite price per square foot asks that were nearly double the neighborhood average. Another residential project, the 22 King & Sullivan townhouses, hit the market in September from $2.65 million and sold more than half in just one week. In addition to Est4te Four's plan to bring a 1.1 million square foot tech complex to the waterfront, the area north of it is also being eyed for a major redevelopment which would, together, completely reshape the industrial waterfront. All along Van Brunt Street, new storefronts popped up: Kao Soy co-chef Kanlaya Supachana brought her New York Times-endorsed northern Thai cooking to Chiang Mai, Pioneer Books appeared on its namesake corner, and Smorgasburg staple Pizza Moto plopped down its first brick-and-mortar on Hamilton Avenue.

Will the underdog take out the favorite? It's happened before, and it could happen again. Vote for the neighborhood you think deserves to advance.

Poll results

· All West Village coverage [Curbed]
· All Red Hook coverage [Curbed]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [Curbed]