Hear “Bedford-Stuyvesant,” (or possibly just its nickname, “Bed-Stuy,”) and you’ll probably think: brownstones. The Stuyvesant Heights historic district of Macdonough, Bainbridge and Chauncey is landmarked — Lewis Avenue between Macdonough and Decatur was once named the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” — but there are beautiful historic brownstones scattered throughout Bed-Stuy. Many of these coveted Bedford-Stuyvesant townhouses have their original fireplaces, crown moldings, and shutters. Often they are set up as two- or three-family houses, so that Bedford-Stuyvesant renters as well as buyers can enjoy their historical charm.
There are bits of the past everywhere in Bedford-Stuyvesant including shopkeeper F.W. Woolworth’s brownstone at 209 Jefferson Avenue and the Siloam Presbyterian Church, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad. But if you’re a modernist, not to worry; Bedford-Stuyvesant has post-war buildings too! In the Lofts on Dekalb, for instance, you can find duplex condos in Bed-Stuy which offer oversized windows, balconies, whirlpool baths, and mezzanine-level sleeping lofts. The architectural titan I.M. Pei designed the Center for Art and Culture of Bedford-Stuyvesant, which is housed in a former milk-bottling plant and is now home to paintings, a writer’s collaborative, and a dance company. Overall Bedford-Stuyvesant’s present is very diverse and vibrant, partly because of the Brooklyn area’s great subway access on the A, C, G, J and M trains.
Community and Unity
I have the best of both worlds. Living near the borders where Clinton Hill ends & Bed-Stuy begins puts me on the axis of everything hip, happening and cool! An eclectic range of shops & retailers where I shop, shoot-the-breeze & enjoy life's moments.
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