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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) Springs vs. (9) Water Mill

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 towns/villages/hamlets vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have two matchups 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. Please remember—no wagering.

The Curbed Cup officially kicks off today. Next up are the middle seeds: let's give a warm Curbed welcome to Springs (8) and Water Mill (9) to the Cup!

Springs is a newbie to the competition, but it's becoming more and more popular. Artsy Springs is a great place for boaters, plus it's convenient to East Hampton village, Amagansett, and Sag Harbor. One commenter said, "While restaurants do not top, Harbor Grill is a down home place with solid food. Finally, the peace and quiet is what I love."

Water Mill had some big real estate sales this year, although Villa Maria is still on the market after a big pricechop. Jason Kidd sold his beautiful house. New restaurant Via del Mare opened in the former Mirko's spot, and Robert's closed after 15 years on Montauk Highway. The saga of Matt Lauer's horse farm continued: he's now requested another extension on his landscaping plan. Shops, as always in the Hamptons, come and go, although we were sad to see Out of the Closet shutter.

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