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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) Sag Harbor vs. (8) Water Mill

The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 towns/villages/hamlets 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 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Two-time champ Sag Harbor is vying for a three-peat in our third year of the Curbed Cup competition. 2012 saw the village open a few restaurants (as well as close a few), work commence on the $60M Watchcase condo project, a frozen yogurt store with a questionable sign, a new coffee place, a pedestrian ferry, a last-minute reprieve for the Bay Street Theatre, and headway towards revamping Barron's Cove Inn. Quite a busy year for a village whose population measures less than 2500.

Hoping to wrestle the title away from Sag Harbor's stranglehold is the 11976, otherwise known as Water Mill. 2012 saw a Knick moving into the neighborhood (and getting busted for DWI a few months later), a house with its own island hit the market for $40M, a Hampton Designer Showhouse land a buyer, and "Island In The Sky" continue its sales saga. More importantly, the new Parrish Art Museum finally opened its mixed reviews.

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed Hamptons]