It's officially December, which can only mean one thing: It's time for the annual Curbed Cup! For the past 13 years, Curbed readers have chosen New York City's best neighborhood in a oft-heated competition that celebrates local pride as much as it does civic developments.
And last year, the outcome was a bit … unexpected. Thanks to a rash of new development on the other side of the Hudson, Jersey City became the first non-NYC neighborhood nominated in the history of the competition—and it claimed the ultimate prize. (And y’all were not exactly happy about it, but hey, the people want what they want.)
So it’s time to revisit the Curbed Cup: Will 2017 see another underdog clawing its way to the top? There's only one way to find out: We want you to nominate the neighborhoods that could win this oh-so-prestigious honor.
Similar to a March Madness bracket, 16 neighborhoods will face off in this year's Curbed Cub tournament, but which 16 should they be? Drop your nominations in the comments of this post or e-mail them to us.
And we don't just want neighborhood names; we want to know why this particular neighborhood matters right now. Is it home to a game-changing megaproject? Has its restaurant scene blown up? Is it home to one of the city's best shopping districts? Whatever it is, we want to know what happened in 2017 that sets your favorite neighborhood apart.
Here are the past winners:
2016: Jersey City
2014: City Island
2013: St. George
2012: Hudson Square
2011: Downtown Brooklyn
2010: Harlem's FDB
2008: Madison Square Park
2007: Long Island City
2006: West Harlem
2005: Prospect Heights
2004: Fort Greene
Which neighborhood will claim the year's ultimate honor? There’s only one way to find out—nominate a neighborhood you love, follow the Curbed Cup, and be sure to vote!