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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (5) Southampton vs. (4) East Hampton

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have one matchup per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

Southampton had quite the year in 2011. It passed a law forcing neighbors to trim their hedges, saw a "riot" break out at 230 Elm, was paid a little visit by Vice President Biden and was home to one of the year's biggest sales. Let's not forget the village's forward-thinking ban on plastic bags. Will that be enough to take the cup?

Not if East Hampton has anything to say about it. The former home of Della Femina had a pretty eventful year itself. When it wasn't busy counting write-in ballots, the town found time to finally fix Hook Mill, announce and then cancel a music festival and apply for some of that FAA cash money. Not to be outdone by its neighbor to the west, East Hampton hosted its own political luminaries?Bill and Hillary Clinton rented a house for few weeks in August. Just don't mention the bodies in the basement.

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2011 Coverage [Curbed Hamptons]