For the last nine years, Curbed readers have chosen the New York City neighborhood of the year, granting it the Curbed Cup trophy.
A Staten Island neighborhood has never made it into the running for the Curbed Cup before. It may have "had a moment" in 2008, but this year's approval and stated timeline for a megaproject that will completely overhaul the oft-overlooked borough's northeastern shore in St. George—a mammoth observation wheel and adjacent 125-store outlet mall-cum-hotel complex, the first outlets ever for the city, all next to the ferry pier—have changed that. The evolution and gentrification of what's already a hub of Staten Island will be fast-tracked to the next level; imagine the workers and employees who will live near the site, the visitors who will come—they need other places to eat and enjoy outside the shopping center, too. (Beyond the hip, fringe few who relocated to St. George, seeing it as a new Williamsburg, years ago.) What name-brand and big-box stores and a major tourist attraction lack as a sensitive, small-scale catalyst they make up for with sheer transformative powe
St. George, pulled off a massive upset by defeating Downtown Brooklyn's BAM Cultural District in round one. The neighborhood has big things coming its way, with developmentenergized by the impending Big Wheel, a 625-foot ferris wheel. There's also going to be a 1,000,000-square-foot outlet mall designed by guys-who-design-every-megaproject SHoP Architects.
St. George, the first ever Staten Island neighborhood to earn a place in the Curbed Cup. The neighborhood hasn't seen much development this year, but the waterfront 'hood garnered a lot of attention this year for a few (literally) big projects, most notable of which is the giant observation wheel. The wheel comes with a 125-store outlet mall, and both won unanimous approval from City Council. St. George won its last match-up against Boerum and Cobble Hills by just 1 percent
St. George The Staten Island neighborhood launched a full-on voting campaign—the Staten Island Advance even wrote about the poll—and easily beat Jackson Heights. Residents of both neighborhoods came out in full force, casting an unprecedented 2,462 votes. The merits of each were debated in 75+ comments, but St. George ultimately got the Win.