Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (9) Jersey City vs. (16) South Village
Even if, as one commenter noted, “Jersey City is still not a NYC neighborhood,” it managed to beat its round one adversary—Greenpoint—by a wide margin, giving it a place in the Elite Eight. The development-rich waterfront city is due to get a whopping 15,000 new apartments in the next five years, and its relatively cheaper rents ($2,300 median vs. $3,300 in Manhattan) and home prices are already attracting New Yorkers in search of a better deal.
Other points in favor of JC: The commute to Manhattan is quick and easy, especially now that the WTC PATH station is part of the expanded WTC Transportation Hub; there are a plethora of good restaurants and bars serving every taste and price point; cultural amenities, like galleries and bookstores, are becoming more plentiful; and there’s even Citi Bike, which arrived in 2015. Jersey City’s “moment” has been declared more times than we can count, but perhaps now is truly its time to shine.