Curbed Cup, the annual virtual award for the best neighborhood of the year, is officially kicking off! This week, we’ll be calling for readers to cast their votes. Each poll will only be open for 24 hours, so make sure to get your vote in!
In the Elite Eight round, classic Southampton beat out Sagaponack and took home more nearly 65 percent of the total votes, after defeating Water Mill in the first round. Now, Southampton is going up against Springs, the northern peninsular neighborhood of East Hampton.
Against Springs, Southampton has a couple things going for it: Its village is one of the most iconic in the Hamptons, with many shops and restaurants that are open year-round. It also has ocean beaches, including Cooper’s Beach, which is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the United States. But Southampton’s downfall is that, with all it has to offer, it’s also one of the busiest places on the East End—and crowded spaces are sometimes the exact thing that Hamptons visitors come to here to escape.
Springs has been having a great year so far in the Curbed Cup, first coming out on top against Wainscott, and then, in a pleasantly surprising second-round victory, defeating Bridgehampton, a tough competitor.
Springs is definitely the village for the artsy type, having been home to names like artist couple Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner, Kurt Vonnegut, and Nora Ephron. The bayside peninsula is also one of the most affordable places in the Hamptons to purchase real estate, with hardly any listings that make it over the $10 million mark. What it lacks, however, is a central village and the community feeling that gives Southampton its charm.
But who will continue on to the final round? That’s up to you to decide. Just remember: polls are only open for 24 hours, so be sure to cast your vote!
- Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (3) Sagaponack vs. (6) Southampton [Curbed Hamptons]
- Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (2) Bridgehampton vs. (7) Springs [Curbed Hamptons]
- Coopers Beach Named One of the Top Ten Best Beaches in the United States [Dan’s Papers]