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Curbed Cup Final Four: (1) Fishtown vs. (13) Germantown

Polls are open for 24 hours!

Photo by Conrad Benner, Streets Dept

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the neighborhood of the year, has entered the Final Four! Four Philly neighborhoods are still in the running to be crowned the Best Neighborhood of the Year. Let the eliminations commence!


After winning the 2016 Curbed Cup as Best Neighborhood of the Year, Fishtown showed no signs of slowing down in 2017. The foodies have stuck around thanks to the plethora of restaurant openings, like the Lebanese Market Suraya, while distillery-turned-eatery Wm. Mulherin’s Sons opened its picture-perfect boutique hotel to rave reviews. Seemingly everyone wants to put down roots in this River Wards neighborhood, even as home prices creep up and up. It’s no wonder Conde Nast Traveler named it Philly’s hottest neighborhood.


The historic neighborhood of Germantown has come a long way in its long history. It’s one of Philly’s oldest neighborhoods, and its historically significant sites dating back to the American Revolutionary War are neighbors to Germantown’s mom and pop shops and newer retailers and restaurants. The historic neighborhood in Northwest Philly has also seen an interest in revitalization, with programs like JumpStart Germantown launching to help first-time developers work on smaller rehab projects throughout the area, while the community recently rallied to win grant money to restore its African American landmarks located along the Germantown Avenue corridor. Even bigger changes are afoot with the redevelopment of nearly a dozen properties around the Wayne Junction station.

Will it be Fishtown or Germantown to advance to the championship? Voting is open for 24 hours!