Will Bed Stuy Be Getting More Shelters?

Mayor de Blasio and City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Photo by a Brownstoner reader


Bed Stuy may be getting more shelters according to a tipster who attended Mayor de Blasio’s town hall Thursday night. According to the tipster the mayor was vague about his plan, but officials said after the meeting more shelters are coming to Community Board 3. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said publicly at the meeting he is against the plan.

Bed Stuy already has at least one big shelter, at the Sumner Armory on Marcus Garvey and Jefferson Avenue. There are 828 beds in shelters in Community Board 3.

There are already a ton of shelters further east around the Chauncey J stop — but that is technically Ocean Hill, although many residents consider it Bed Stuy.

In August, locals rallied to oppose a proposed shelter at 1217 Bedford Avenue in Bed Stuy.

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The Sumner Armory. Postcard via Save Bedford Stuyvesant

New shelters are also planned for nearby Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and in Sunset Park, as part of the mayor’s push to add 90 new shelters throughout the city. At first, the mayor said shelters would be more evenly distributed throughout the city, but then it was revealed the plan is to create them where shelter residents already reside, according to reports.

In Brooklyn, they are clustered in traditionally low-income neighborhoods in central and east Brooklyn, including Sunset Park, Ocean Hill, Brownsville and East New York. An attempt to open a shelter on 9th Street in Carroll Gardens some years ago met overwhelming opposition and ultimately failed.

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