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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) MidCity vs. (8) Gentilly

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The Curbed Cup 2014, our second annual award to the New Orleans Neighborhood of the Year, is kicking off with eight 'hoods battling it out for the honor of a prestigious fake trophy and obviously, bragging rights. Voting for each match-up ends 24 hours after it begins. We'll showcase a neighborhood face-off per day through the week with results and the full tourney bracket reviewed on Friday. Let the eliminations begin!

It feels like a whole new Curbed Cup this year if our first two entrants to face off weren't even on our eight bracket list in 2013. Dozens of readers tweeted, emailed, and posted on Facebook that it's "all about the love" in MidCity. The neighborhood, whose signature logo is a heart nestled nice and cozy in a crescent moon, has even found a way to put a thought-provoking spin on blight in the form of Saturday's Home Court Crawl. Its affordable rentals consistently make our Curbed Comparisons lists and a fantastic new theatre is set to open in a historic N Broad St warehouse.

Our pals at Eater note that MidCity's got one of the best new restaurants in New Orleans — the divine Southeast Asian fusion hot spot MoPho.

Now, onto Gentilly, the neighborhood that readers succinctly summed up as "peaceful." Bounded by the lake and Bayou St John, residents are close to prime places to kayak, picnic, and just generally unwind. A quick search of our Gentilly posts shows loads of promising, affordable homes despite the current real estate boom in the city.

Surprisingly forward-thinking, the neighborhood even boasts its own Rain Garden. Though the restaurant scene isn't as robust as that of MidCity, the family-owned comfort haven and latest addition to the neighborhood, Munch Factory, certainly makes a case for wider fare. So, what say you, Curbed NOLA readers?
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