Bedford Stuyvesant

Bedford-Stuyvesant, also known as Bed-Stuy, is a culturally rich Brooklyn neighborhood renowned for historic brownstone architecture and serving as an anchor for the Black communities of New York City.

A hub of African American culture during the Harlem Renaissance, served as a center of Civil Rights activism in the 60s and raised a generation of legendary hip hop artists from Jay-Z, Lil Kim, ODB, Yasiin Bey, and Biggie Smalls to name a few. Oh, and Spike Lee, Bobby Fischer, Jackie Gleason, Jackie Robinson, Mike Tyson, and Shirley Chisholm all have historic ties to Bed Stuy.

Bed-Stuy preserves its historical charm with streets lined with majestic brownstones. Bed Stuy is home to the country’s largest concentration of Victorian architecture. Visitors explore iconic landmarks like the Stuyvesant Mansion and the Hattie Carthan Community Garden.

The neighborhood’s food scene, nightlife, and landmarks draw people seeking an authentic slice of Brooklyn’s diverse character.

Neighborhood Highlights:

  • The King of New York mural by artists Scoot “Zimer” Zimmerman and Maoufal “Rocko” Alaoui at the corner of Bedford and Quincy Avenues is a tribute to Biggie, one of the many Notorious B.I.G. landmarks in Brooklyn.
  • The Billie Holiday Theatre at Restoration Plaza beckons cultural enthusiasts with its historic significance and commitment to showcasing thought-provoking performances, offering a unique and immersive experience at one of the last remaining theatres of its kind in the US tied to the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movement.
  • Find filming locations for some of the earlier films of Spike Lee’s film directing career including the Carmichael family home portrayed in Crooklyn at 7 Arlington Pl or the entire block Do The Right Thing was filmed at on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street.
  • Attend a jazz concert tucked away in one of the neighborhood’s historic brownstones at Brownstone JAZZ. On the weekends guests dress to impress and enjoy a live jazz concert along with a home-cooked fish fry.
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Bed Stuy Guides

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