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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Jersey City residents Ceylan Jasari and husband Yonus (both seated) wait to play pool at South House. Jennifer Brown

Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

Bustling, car-free Newark Avenue is where Jersey City, NJ, urbanites and nearby suburbanites meet to eat and drink with room to breathe. Given that it’s a mere 15-minute PATH train ride from the World Trade Center, New Yorkers in the know are heading there, too.

“Newark Avenue was a huge pull for me,” says David Hohensee, house manager and owner of the multistoried South House (149 Newark Ave.; 201-209-1316). “The walkway builds community.” The restaurant serves dishes like okra and brisket, while downstairs patrons can lounge on couches with cocktails like the Cajun Queen (vodka, olive juice, a dash of hot sauce, Sriracha sea salt and a blue cheese-stuffed olive).

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