Throughout much of the 20th century, half of Brooklyn was considered undesirable and too risky for loans and investment.
To address the rash of property theft and deed fraud marring the Bed Stuy community, the civic group Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant is uniting homeowners to raise awareness and educate area deed holders on the issue.
Everything ends up here eventually, but Made in Brooklyn is a column exploring native, born-and-bred borough creations.
The teddy bear, the inspired creation of Russian Jewish immigrants Rose and Morris Michtom, was born in a Bed Stuy candy shop in 1902.
In the minds of many, the Civil Rights Movement occurred solely in the deep south, where formal segregation was deeply entrenched after the end of Reconstruction.
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.
It’s no secret that Brooklyn’s artisanal food scene is booming. The borough’s emerging culinary talents test out their creations via food trucks, Smorgasburg stands and cafeteria-style halls. Now, they have another laboratory for edible experimentation — and it’s affordable.
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.
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.
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.
Brownstoner takes on Brooklyn history in Nabe Names, a series of briefs on the origins and surprising stories of neighborhood nomenclature.
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.