Bedford–Stuyvesant, colloquially known as Bed-Stuy, is a neighborhood in the north central section of Brooklyn, which runs from Flushing Avenue to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, Broadway to the east, and Bedford Avenue to the west. The area is comprised of two historically different areas, Bedford and the historically more upscale Stuyvesant. This vibrant and diverse neighborhood is loved by many, partly because of the convenient subway access on the A, C, G, J and M subway lines.
Large sections of Bed Stuy are landmarked and the neighborhood is set to expand its landmarked section in 2013, so the incredible turn-of-the-century feel of the area will be preserved indefinitely. You can expect to find rows of beautiful brownstone homes, historic buildings and churches many on intimate tree-lined streets. Many of the highly coveted Bedford-Stuyvesant townhouses have shutters, crown moldings and original fireplaces. Bed Stuy also has its share of post-war buildings as well, such as the MYNT condos on Myrtle Avenue. You can also find lofts in Bed-Stuy, many of which offering balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and concrete floors.
One of the allures of the neighborhood is that historic remnants of the past can be found throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant. The Akwaaba Mansion, the first mansion to be transformed into a bed and breakfast, is an enormous, freestanding home with a big yard and feeling of the South. The Center for Art and Culture of Bedford-Stuyvesant, designed by architectural genius I.M. Pei, is now an exciting hub for Central Brooklyn's pre-professional and recreational youth arts instruction, gallery exhibitions, residency programs for artists and public performances showcasing the full range of artistic genres. The large Restoration Plaza complex on Fulton Street between Brooklyn and New York Avenues has great historic significance, as it was built with the blessing of then-senator Robert Kennedy Jr. in the civil rights heyday of the late 1960s. Today, it is home to administrative offices, banks, a supermarket, art gallery and the renowned Billie Holiday Community Theater.
The main north-south thoroughfare is Nostrand Avenue, but the main shopping district is Fulton Street, which lies above the A and C trains, the area’s main subway line. New and inventive restaurants are emerging daily, such as the Michelin recommended Black Swan on Bedford Avenue, the latest in a series of New American gastropubs in the neighborhood. The former auto-body shop transformed into a sleek hall with a long copper bar, the interior with jet-black hardwood walls, and hand-worn tables is the perfect setting for their lightly exotic menu. Therapy Wine Bar on Lewis Avenue provides a sexy, laid back experience designed to allow patrons to sit, sip and relax, while introducing new weekly events like their Wednesday night screening called ‘Champagne & Popcorn.’ Peaches, a classic American restaurant nestled in Stuyvesant Heights, features a contemporary Southern menu from local and organic ingredients, in a setting as comfortable as your grandmother’s living room. The Vodou Bar on Halsey Street is the only venue of its kind in Bed-Stuy, with modern yet relaxed décor, reminiscent of the Caribbean, designed by the celebrated interior designer and architect Henry Mitchell.
In addition to the wealth of community gardens in Bed-Stuy, Fulton Park is a true haven for the community, where people can come to sit, read, picnic and enjoy neighborhood festivals. It’s also home to an annual art fair in the summer and Halloween parade in October. The world famous team of Frederick Law Olmsted designed Herbert Von King Park on Tompkins Avenue between Greene and Lafayette Avenues, which features a community center with a recording studio, fitness center, indoor dance studio and the Eubie Blake Auditorium, where you can attend free jazz concerts in the summer.