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Curbed Cup Final Four: (3) Brookland vs. (2) Navy Yard

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We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of the year. There will be one matchup today and tomorrow, with the polls left open for 24 hours. The final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin Wednesday. Let the eliminations continue!

[Left: Brookland's Brookland Works via Daniel Lobo; Right: Navy Yard via Wikimedia Commons]


The Curbed Cup finals are closing in, and to determine what were the two best Washington, D.C. neighborhoods of the year, you're going to help narrow down the pack. Today, you have to decide if Northeast's Brookland deserves more attention than Southeast's Navy Yard. There are still a few more hours left to vote for whether or not Bloomingdale topped Petworth this year or vice versa. Be sure to cast your vote here. Below, you will be able to see the original blurbs written about each neighborhood:

The Northeast neighborhood, Brookland, has a few quirks that really help it stand out from other neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. For one, the neighborhood is home to the District's first shipping container homes. Another big draw to the area is the the $200 million Monroe Street Market project that opened its doors this past October. The mixed-use development features 720 residences, 83,000-square-feet of street-level retail, and 20,000-square-feet of amenity space spread out over three total buildings. With this development, a new community for artists was created with studios and a community arts center. One final detail worth noting is that the median price of listings has skyrocketed in the neighborhood since 2003. This past October, the neighborhood sold its first $1 million single-family home.

In the past year or two, Navy Yard (otherwise known as Capitol Riverfront) has been experiencing a total facelift as well as a new name. The neighborhood was originally named Navy Yard because of its time as a former shipyard for the U.S. Navy and as the headquarters for the Chief of Naval Operations and the Naval Historical Center. Now, with a burgeoning retail and restaurant scene along with Nationals Park enticing tourists, the area is now being labeled The Yards. With over $1.2 billion invested in the neighborhood by District and federal governments in the past 15 years, the cost of living has risen. [UPDATE: A statistic meant to give further context on the changes Navy Yard has experienced over the years was removed from this blurb as it was considered offensive by Curbed readers.] In terms of what to look forward to in the future, you can expect the public marina to open next spring and approximately 4,500 new residential units to be built in the next couple of years. Eventually, the neighborhood will also host Southeast D.C.'s first luxury cinema complex.

The below poll will close at 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 30.
Poll results


· Brookland coverage [Curbed DC]
· Navy Yard coverage [Curbed DC]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [Curbed DC]