The Curbed Cup is our annual award for neighborhood of the year. This week, we kick off Round One with two polls per day. You will have 24 HOURS to vote in each poll.
Breaking up The Villages in our 2012 bracket had many commenters drowning their laptops in bitter tears, to which we say this: The Villages are each unique and frankly, standing alone in the cup's bracket is an honor that West Village earned more than any other this year. For the second year in a row, WV hosted the outdoor beery happiness of Tashmoo. More importantly, the efforts of Detroit REVOLVE and the Villages Community Development Corporation brought new life to the long-dormant Parkstone Apartments building. With the success of Coffee and _____ and PRAMU, WV suddenly found itself playing the role of Pop-Up Paradise, and is now slated to open several businesses in the spring. Should 2012 be seen as the 'nabe's turning point? Consider.
The challenger is Woodbridge, whose stock shot through the roof when Commonwealth Street won our best blocks competition back in July. The neighborhood also gained new residents in Brian Ambrozy and Lincoln Russell, who are blogging about the process of restoring one of the 'hood's best homes, the Sullivan House. A continued uptick in home values and renovations means this champion 'hood is only going to get better.
What do you think, voters?