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 match-ups 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!
The polls have just wrapped up on the first two rounds of the Curbed Cup 2015 Elite Eight, with two underdogsWest Village and Flushingpulling ahead to claim a spot in the Final Four. Will this next bout see seed six, Nomad, overtake seed three, Hudson Yards?
Hudson Yards, the city's newest neighborhood, is still years from completion, but it hit some major milestones this year. The future corporate HQ of Coach and L'Oreal at 10 Hudson Yards topped out at 895 feet, making it the first tower in Related's megaproject to do so. The development company also cinched the last parcel needed to make their full pie-in-the-sky 28-acre megaproject a realityat the cost of one McDonald's. One of the biggest advances the in-progress new neighborhood saw this year? The long-awaited opening of the 7-train extension, the first new New York City subway station in 25 years. Most of the neighborhood's amenities have yet to be realized, but when they are completed they'll be a doozy: restauranteur Thomas Keller, of Per Se and French Laundry fame, will open a new eatery in the neighborhood, and Neiman Marcus has signed on to bring its first NYC brick-and-mortar store to the area.
Nomad is diving even more into its identity as an enclave of pricey residential conversions and hip hotels, of which it counts The Ace, Nomad, Martha Washington, and Ian Schrager's latest, New York Edition, amongst the many. Although the area is getting hotelified, its resident's appreciate its mix of attractions, "[T]he great thing about NoMad—it's livable and there are great creative and tech people working here during the day making this a wonderful place to be..." one Curbed commenter writes. The average price per square foot in Nomad is a whopping $2,568, which exceeds Midtown West's $2,208, but the neighborhood's draws are endless. Just a few: Madison Square Parkof coursethe new Rizzoli bookstore, and acclaimed eatery Upland.
Which neighborhood deserves to advance? Cast your vote below.