Bed-Stuy’s Blowin’ up

May 11th, 2010
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I moved to Bed-Stuy in 1986. Over the nearly 25 years since then, my relationship with the neighborhood has had its ups and downs. As a kid commuting to Brookln Heights every day, It bugged me that we didn’t have bookstore and ice cream shops like on Montague Street. When I was a teenager, I was deeply embarrassed when hosting a visiting exchange student to have to walk him through a bloody crime scene on his first morning with us.
After college, my perspective changed, I still wished for amenities found elsewhere in New York, but I certainly appreciated living in Brownstone and paying the same price as friends in Fort Greene for twice the space – with a backyard, no less. Bars, restaurants, ice cream shops were all things I’d have to commute for, but the alternative was gentrification.
That subject, especially in Brooklyn can lead to some heated debates. While I’m certainly enjoying many of the perks gentrification provides in other neighborhoods, i understand that it can also leave an area unrecognizable and worse, unaffordable. That said, everything changes over time and there’s no predicting how things will go.
New places are popping up all over the neighborhood and a few concerns aside, I’m very much enjoying it. There are restaurants, a book store, a wine bar and an art gallery. There are places for community to come together besides churches and places to imbibe besides the street corner. I’m pretty excited about it, truth be told.
This is all my wordy way of introducing a series I’ll be doing over the next couple weeks highlighting places, new and old around Bed-Stuy that I haven’t given a lot of attention to on the blog.

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