The 50 Best Blocks in Brooklyn 

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13. Best Block for Illustrating the 
Multiple Stages of Gentrification:

South 2nd street

(between Wythe Avenue and Kent, Williamsburg )
Hard to pick just one, but on this formerly desolate stretch of semi-occupied low-rise industrial, nestled in the long shadow of the soon-to-be Domino development, we now have a high-end burger joint, a Japanese tavern, and new-American hipster restaurant  (stage 3), a bar (stage 2, occupying a former police car garage), a DIY show space (stage 1), an independent cinema (stage 3), and shiny newish condos anchored to Kent Avenue by a super-fancy Soho-esque trattoria (stage 4). Oh, and the long-dormant doily factory in the middle of the block? It’s being converted into a private 
pre-school (endgame).

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