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Seventh Avenue between 10th and 12th streets is buzzing with new activity.

Katina’s, the long-shuttered diner at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 12th Street, is finally showing signs of life. The grand opening was Wednesday (complete with a free soda or cup of Joe with any order — no doubt a reward for our long wait).

Across the street, a ground-floor apartment and the formerly Mostly Modern space are being renovated. Our sources tell us that there will soon be a specialty chocolate shop and a funky boutique.

Mostly Modern went out of business in the fall.

The old Liberty Meat Market (and then the upscale market Grace), which occupied a store next to the Tea Lounge at the corner of 10th Street, will become the Park Slope branch of Sterling Place, an Atlantic Avenue home decor outlet.

Owners Elizabeth Crowell and Robert Wilson — both residents of Prospect Heights — said their new store will open in June, and will sell antique and contemporary items ranging from furniture to candles.

Next to Sterling Place, in the recently closed Park Slope Craftsman space, Otto will make the big move after 17 years several houses in from Seventh Avenue on the lightly trafficked 10th Street.

When Annette Englander (of Windsor Terrace) opened Otto, it was the first boutique store in South Slope. In 2005, Park Sloper Deidre Donno joined as a partner.

“Back when we opened, people said that they would never cross Ninth Street,” Englander said recently. She hopes the move will give her more visibility.

“People tell me that they have lived here for years and have never noticed my shop because they do not look around the corner,” she said.

She hopes to be open by June.

And finally, rumors were flying that an Italian restaurant was opening in the bright blue storefront at 10th Street and Seventh Avenue.

The rumor is true, said a local shopkeeper who would not give his name. It will be upscale, and will be called Scalino’s.

The prior tenant was a Chinese restaurant — right across the street from another Chinese restaurant. Anything would be better, no?

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