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Bedford-Stuyvesant Neighborhood Guide

by | Jul 13, 2022

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Bedford-Stuyesant Neighborhood Guide

Bedford-Stuyvesant, commonly referred to as Bed-Stuy, is a northern community in Brooklyn with an aesthetic appeal of ornately detailed Victorian brownstones stretching for blocks along tree-lined streets . Bed-Stuy is considered by many to be the major cultural center for Brooklyn’s African American population and a hub of vibrant diversity and a tight-knit community. The neighborhood historically hasn’t seen as much gentrification as surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods, and is known for proudly featuring a wide variety of black-owned businesses. Bed-Stuy is made up of four smaller neighborhoods: Bedford in the north, Stuyvesant Heights in the south, Ocean Hill towards the east, and Weeksville located in the southeast. Each of these sub neighborhoods contribute to the charm that locals love in Bed-Stuy.

Bedford-Stuyvesant Real Estate Stats

MEDIAN SALE PRICE

$1,200,000

MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE

$2,850

An Abbreviated History of Bedford-Stuyvesant

The name Bedford-Stuyvesant is a combination of the two previous villages, Bedford and Stuyvesant Heights. Peter Stuyvesant was the last governor of the New Netherland colony, and by the second half of the 17th century, the land belonged to three Dutch settlers: farmers Jan Hansen and Leffert Pietersen van Haughwout, and ferryboat operator Dirck Janse Hooghland. For most of its early history, this area was farmland and later became the first major settlement in Brooklyn. During the early 1900’s and in the years of the Great Depression, immigrants from the Caribbean and American South migrated to the area, making it one of the largest Black communities of the time that continued growing after World War II with new opportunities for employment.

NEIGHBORHOOD BOUNDARIES

  • Classon Avenue to the West
  • Flushing Avenue to the North
  • Broadway to the East
  • Atlantic Avenue to the South
IND Fulton Street Line A C
IND Crosstown Line G
BMT Jamaica Line J Z M

Residents Love This Neighborhood Because

  • Breathtaking architecture
  • Talented artist community
  • Friendly neighbors
  • Great restaurants and street fairs

What to expect

Cafés

91

Colleges / Universities

1

Community Gardens

4

Hospitals

2

Libraries

4

Parks

5

Playgrounds

9

Restaurants

+100

Yoga Studios

14

Bedford-Stuyvesant Landmarks and Cultural Institutions

A NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR

Get to know the neighborhood by visiting its most notable landmarks and sites. From museums and sculptures, to parks, markets, and hidden neighborhood gems, you’ll find everything you need to know about the neighborhood’s most unique and historical attractions.

Herbert Von King Park

Domino Park spans 5 acres along the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge. The park has dog runs, sports courts, playgrounds, a fog bridge, plus beautiful views and scenery. Named after Domino Sugar, this park is built on the land where the former sugar refinery operated until 2004. The park was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the same designers as the High Line in NYC and opened in June 2018.

Bedford-stuyvesant Museum of African Art

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Museum of African Art holds a unique collection of traditional, contemporary, and modern artwork from over 40 African countries and serves to enrich the lives of the multicultural community in Brooklyn. The museum aims to deepen the understanding of diverse cultures and art around the world.

Hattie Carthan Community Garden

Located on Clifton Place at the corner of Marcy Avenue, the Hattie Carthan Community Garden is a community farmer’s market that stimulates an increase in access to locally grown fresh food, farm culture, and agriculture education. As mentioned on the market’s website, “The market’s vision is to cultivate a healthy, holistic, and self-sufficient community grounded in the systems and cycles of the earth.”

Richard Beavers Gallery

Richard Beavers Gallery is a Brooklyn-based contemporary art gallery. Its purpose is to facilitate meaningful dialogue amongst artists, emerging and experienced, about pressing political and social issues within the Black community.

13th Regiment Armory

Designed by architects Rudolph L. Daus and Fay Kellogg, the 13th Regiment Armory is a historic armory located on Marcus Garvey Boulevard. The armory has been used for several purposes over the years including Sunday school competitions, a school track and field venue, and singing contests.

Magnolia Grandiflora

The Magnolia Grandiflora on Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn is a historic tree and a rare example of a flourishing laurel magnolia found north of North Carolina. This tree is one of two – the other being a Weeping Beech in Flushing – that has been designated as a New York City Landmark.

ARCHITECTURE IN BEDFORD-STUYVESANT

Architecture Outlines_Italianate

Italianate

Renaissance/Baroque Revival

Neo-Georgian

Queen Anne

Victorian

Romanesque

Notable New Yorkers

Who Have Lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant

JACKIE ROBINSON

Athlete

BOBBY FISCHER

Chess Grandmaster

MIKE TYSON

Boxer

JAY-Z

Rapper

Aaliyah

Singer

MARK BRELAND

Boxer

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM

Congresswoman

CHRIS ROCK

Actor / Comedian

Popular Food & Drink

Trad Room

266 Malcom X Boulevard

Saraghina Pizzeria

350 Lewis Avenue

Hart's

506 Franklin Avenue

Grandchamps

197 Patchen Avenue

Swell Dive

1013 Bedford Avenue

L'Antagoniste

238 Malcolm X Bloulevard 

Peaches

393 Lewis Avenue

Eugene & Company

397 Tompkins Avenue

All Notable New Yorker photos courtesy of Wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons. Photo of Jackie Robinson by Bob Sandberg; Photo of Bobby Fischer by Bundesarchiv; Photo of Mike Tyson by Toglenn; Photo of Jay-Z by Joella Marano; Photo of Aaliyah by mika-photography.com; Photo of Mark Breland by Michael Kozlowsky; Photo of Shirley Chisholm by Thomas J. O’Halloran, U.S. News & World Reports. Light restoration by Adam Cuerden; Photo of Chris Rock by David Shankbone;

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