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Get to know Bedford-Stuyvesant

Running across the center of Brooklyn, Bedford-Stuyvesant (often shortened to Bed-Stuy) sits between Williamsburg to its north and Crown Heights to its south. Clinton Hill, to the west of Bed-Stuy, was long considered part of the neighborhood. Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy still share much in common (though the latter covers a much larger area), like their wealth of 19th-century rowhouses. By one count, Bed-Stuy has almost 9,000 buildings constructed before 1900. The appeal is obvious — tree-lined streets with stately homes waiting to be restored to their original splendor. Now the neighborhood can also boast new restaurants and bars that have made Bed-Stuy a destination alongside Fort Greene and Williamsburg.
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History & Culture

Bedford-Stuyvesant’s name comes from two historic places. The village of Bedford was established in the 17th century and was the backdrop for some important moments in the Revolutionary War, though nothing remains of it today. (It was centered around the present-day intersection of Bedford and Fulton.) The “Stuyvesant” comes from Stuyvesant Heights, long an area of farms and now a smaller neighborhood within Bed-Stuy, along its southern edge.

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Dine & Shop

Fulton Street, along the southern edge of Bed-Stuy, is the area’s primary shopping street, though much of it is dominated by big-box stores. Since Bed-Stuy covers a huge swath of Brooklyn, you can head to several areas when you are looking for unusual boutiques or new restaurants. They are largely centered around Bedford (near Lafayette) and Tompkins avenues, and to a somewhat lesser degree, Nostrand (which runs parallel to Bedford) and Marcus Garvey Boulevard (mostly on the blocks in the southeast corner of Bed-Stuy). There’s a diverse abundance of restaurants, with more opening every month. Peaches and Peaches HotHouse are institutions; Grandchamps and Bed-Stuy Fish Fry are also familiar favorites.