We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New York City neighborhood of the year. There will be one matchup today and tomorrow, with the polls left open for 24 hours. The final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin Wednesday. Let the eliminations continue!
In the first Final Four match-up of the 2015 Curbed Cup, two wildly different neighborhoods are duking it out: it's a battle between the West Village (8) and Flushing (13).
So far, the West Village hasn't had any trouble advancing through the Curbed Cup rounds—it's taken down Red Hook and the development juggernaut West Chelsea, besting the latter in the last round of voting. Chalk it up to the enclave being a tried-and-true NYC neighborhood: unlike areas that are still in the process of turning into a place with a real neighborhood-y feel, the West Village is already there, and has been for centuries. Even as new developments have popped up throughout the neighborhood, or certain streets change (see: Bleecker Street's transformation into a high-end mall), the indelible character of the West Village remains.
But don't underestimate Flushing: In its previous match-ups, the neighborhood in outer Queens has trounced the competition—the Financial District and Long Island City—thanks to a groundswell of local support. (Heck, it beat LIC by about 150 votes.) And it's no surprise, considering the neighborhood has been firing on all cylinders lately. Already a strong draw for its plethora of food courts and street food vendors, plans are now underway to host a massive Coachella-style music festival at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Two of the neighborhood's biggest residential projects—Sky View Park and Flushing Commons—launched sales and scored major bank.
So which neighborhood deserves a spot in the finals—West Village or Flushing? Cast your vote now!
· All Curbed Cup 2015 Coverage [Curbed]