The first round of voting in the 2017 Curbed Cup is over, and there were few, if any, surprises that came out of this first go-round. In all but two cases, the top-seeded neighborhoods came out on top, proving that when it comes to determining the neighborhood of the year, established places are almost always going to win.
We say almost because in two cases—the Financial District vs. Greenpoint, and East Harlem vs. Astoria—the underdogs actually advanced. The Financial District has had a good run in the Curbed Cup, making it all the way to the finals last year (where it was trumped by Jersey City), so perhaps there’s some lower Manhattan fatigue at play. (It was, at least, a close race, with fewer than 50 votes separating the two.)
In the case of East Harlem vs. Astoria, you’ve got two neighborhoods on the cusp of big change up against one another, but ultimately, Queens won out.
The closest race was between Midtown East and Crown Heights, both of which were in the news a lot this year; ultimately, Manhattan bested Brooklyn by just six votes. This is why voting is important, folks!
Without any further ado, here’s the full bracket reveal—check back next week as we get into the Elite Eight round of voting!