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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 or 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Prospect Heights

It was a momentous year for Prospect Heights and its neighborhood-inside-a-neighborhood, Pacific Park. Six of the megaproject’s buildings are now in various phases of construction, with SHoP’s prefabricated rental tower at 461 Dean Street already welcoming residents. The housing lottery for 535 Carlton, a fully-affordable development within the megaproject, opened in July, and the market-rate apartments of 550 Vanderbilt continued their selling streak. For a project that’s been in the works since 2003, that’s no small deal. The buzzy neighborhood even got a little more so when Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o was spotted perusing apartments at 550 Vanderbilt back in August.

It isn’t only the strides at Pacific Park that merits Prospect Heights’s place of esteem in the Curbed Cup bracket. The neighborhood also welcomed instant classic and Michelin hopeful Olmstead, praised as the “neighborhood restaurant we’ve all been dreaming of” by Eater critic Ryan Sutton. Perennially popular pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds announced that it’d be opening up shop nearby too come February 2017, and the Islanders return for their second season at Barclays Center.

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Set in Brooklyn's historic Prospect Heights neighborhood, 461 Dean Street passes the three tests for any residential space: location, location, location. The building is positioned directly next to the Barclays Center—home to the Brooklyn Nets (NBA), New York Islanders (NHL), and numerous monthly concerts—and to a major transportation hub. Read More
461 Dean, a 32-story apartment complex in Brooklyn, is the newest residential tower in New York City to feature modular construction. It's now considered the tallest modular tower in the world. The apartments' pre-fabricated rooms fit and lock together like a puzzle pieces. The modules were placed by cranes to create the building. PHOTO CREDIT: Max Touhey Read More
What is believed to be the world’s tallest modular building made its debut Tuesday in Brooklyn, a 32-story rental tower constructed with prefabricated units stacked like Legos. Forest City Ratner Cos. is now leasing the building, known as 461 Dean. It has 363 studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments. PHOTO: CLAUDIO PAPAPIETRO FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Read More
A 3,500 square foot communal garden is one of the many building amenities that will be available in the COOKFOX designed 550 Vanderbilt, located in Pacific Park Brooklyn. Read More