Bed Stuy Brooklyn Apartment for Rent -- 260 Decatur Street

This two-bedroom duplex is in a distinguished house at 260 Decatur Street, on one of Bed Stuy’s best blocks. Designed by famed 19th century Swedish architect Magnus Dahlander, it’s loaded with nice detail that you don’t find in every rental, including mantels, pier mirrors, inlaid floors, fretwork, pocket doors, and stained and leaded glass. (more…)

Excelsior Brewing Company Bed Stuy

Images via the Brooklyn Public Library

The Excelsior Brewing Company of Bed Stuy was not the best, biggest, or most well known of Brooklyn’s historic breweries, but it did have one of the strangest schemes to survive Prohibition. Unfortunately, Excelsior got caught. (more…)

Bed Stuy Brooklyn House for Sale -- 60 Monroe Street

This Bed Stuy one-family, at 60 Monroe Street, has a feature not often found in a Brooklyn townhouse — a double-height library, rising from the middle of the basement floor. Set above it, reachable via a floating staircase, is a second-floor kitchen, with exposed steel ceiling beams.

It makes for a distinctive home, and a fetching one in our view, though it’s not going to float everyone’s boat. (more…)

Bedford Stuyvesant

511 Lafayette Avenue. Photos by Meredith Ries

When Meredith Ries began photographing the crumbling building across the street, she meant it be a “super-slow time lapse” documenting the passage of season and change. But once demolition permits were filed for 511 Lafayette Avenue in mid-November, the breakneck pace of Brooklyn construction caught up with the disintegrating century-old structure.

Brownstoner reached out to Ries to learn more about the building’s dramatic history and her photo project’s future. (more…)

Brooklyn History

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’ve collected the stories of a few remarkable Brooklyn people (and places) who fought for racial justice — from the groundbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm to the rebirth of Bed Stuy, and the role of the Slave Theater in Afro-centric activism.

So grab a nice cup of coffee or tea and settle in to read a few tales to make you Brooklyn proud. (more…)

Brownstoner takes on Brooklyn history in Nabe Names, a series of briefs on the origins and surprising stories of neighborhood nomenclature.

Bed Stuy block

Bed Stuy’s MacDonough Street block party, circa late 1970s. Photo via New York Magazine

From the Do or Die days captured in Spike Lee’s masterpieces Do the Right Thing and Crooklyn to the recently closed Do or Dine brunch bar, a snarky take on the same hard-living motto, Bedford Stuyvesant — Bed Stuy for short — has seen a great influx and exodus of communities in the last 100 years. (more…)

Bed Stuy Brooklyn Apartment for Rent -- 410 Jefferson Ave

Fancy an owner’s duplex in a brownstone for just one — or a couple? This enormous one-bedroom at 410 Jefferson Avenue in Bed Stuy might be just the ticket.

It’s got a well-stocked kitchen, a nicely landscaped backyard, two mantels and plenty of original wood work. The parlor floor has been opened up into one big space. (more…)