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 kicks off this week. Let's give a warm Curbed welcome to Hampton Bays (7) and Wainscott (10)!
New to the Cup competition, Hampton Bays was seeded highly this year owing to the enthusiastic nominations by readers. Take it away: "Best restaurants (Canal Café, Edgewater, Villa Paul, Cowfish, Rumba, The Inn Spot, 1 North, Sundays on the Bay, Oakland's, Orlando's Café, Hampton Maid to name a few), freshest seafood, most glorious and beautiful bays and beaches, best shopping/services (Scotto's Pork Store, Gemelli Gelato, Wild By Nature, the BEST King Kullen, Shinnecock Hardware, Skidmore's, Fandango, Erika's, The Tin Roof Gifts Inspired By the Sea, Hampton Maid gift shop, E Day Salon/Spa, antique shops), quaint, close knit town, geographically perfect and the nicest residents and visitors are all here, not to mention some upcoming, exciting real estate developments!"
Quiet Wainscott also got some love from Curbed readers. "Wainscott! rural character, classic main street, and quiet (except for the airport :)" Wainscott also made headlines this year when Burnt Point, the 24-acre Georgica Pond estate of pharmaceuticals billionaire Stewart Rahr, hit the market asking $95M, the second most expensive asking price in the Hamptons. The much-complained-about Home Goods store opened and has been busy ever since, while the Star Room property, quietly rotting away, was once again mooted as a car wash.