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!
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.