Seedy Strip to Hottest Block

via New York Post: With the way this city’s trends come and go, the hot new neighborhood could be just around the corner. Then again, it could be a ferry ride away. Here are five newly hip strips in and around the city to check out — before they lose their curb appeal.

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Veronica Arze (left) and Annette Bruno own the cafe Duzer’s Local.Stefano Giovannini

Van Duzer Street, Staten Island

Think Staten Island’s too far? Think again. The free ferry ride takes only 25 minutes, plus Van Duzer Street, in the historic Stapleton neighborhood, is worth the trip alone.

Walkable from the terminal, this winding stretch, a hotbed of local art and music back in the early ’00s, is again catering to the artists who live there with a spike in new cafes, restaurants and bars.

Craft House Restaurant (60 Van Duzer St.; 718-442-3433), which has brews and barbecue, will also soon be home to the borough’s fourth brewery, Kills Boro Brewing Co.

“The businesses on Van Duzer Street have always felt like they were the most authentic experiences around here,” says Sean Torres, marketing manager of Kills Boro, who also lives on the street. “And it’s definitely picked up here the last few months. A lot of young people, very easygoing, just out and enjoying themselves.”

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