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The Grio- Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center opens its doors to bring enhanced health care to central Brooklyn

Friday, April 6, 2012
This week, the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center (BSFHC) opened its new location in the heart of Brooklyn, located at 1456 Fulton Street in New York City. The sparkling new primary care facility was christened across the thoroughfare from its previous storefront office space, which had housed the community institution for 22 years. BSFHC's new home took six years to develop, but the wide building encompassing multiple floors is a testament to the virtue of patience.

Bed Stuy Patch- Local Nonprofits Bid $10M for Pfizer Property at Broadway Triangle

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Six local nonprofits are making a $10 million bid to buy up Pfizer’s vacant property at Broadway Triangle, on the border of Bed-Stuy and South Williamsburg, hoping to build 840 affordable housing units there, says the New York Daily News.

NY Daily News- Local groups bid $10 million to buy vacant Pfizer property in Williamsburg for affordable housing

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Community groups are making a $10 million bid to buy up drug giant Pfizer’s last property in Williamsburg - and build hundreds of affordable apartments on the vacant industrial land. The property at Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle has been empty since Pfizer closed its plant in 2008 - laying off hundreds of workers and pulling out of Brooklyn after a 159-year history. The land languished for several years until Pfizer put it up for sale in December, and now six local...

Bed Stuy Patch- $10M in Funding Promised for The Bradford, Care of Carver Bank

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Carver Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Carver Bank, will pitch in $10.5 million in funding for The Bradford, a new 96-unit affordable housing building with retail space, says the Brooklyn Eagle. The Bradford is being constructed on formerly city-owned property, and the Eagle says it will be the first new affordable housing building that’s been constructed in the past 15 years. “These projects, on long underdeveloped and/or dilapidated sites, bring...

Bed Stuy Patch - Obituary: Elsie Richardson

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
As Bed-Stuy residents, we often hear about the storied creation of the nation’s first community development corporation, the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jacob Javits and a community leader. Well, that unnamed “community leader,” was Elsie Richardson. Although she is not always mentioned outwardly in the telling of BSRC’s history, she was instrumental in its formation. Elsie Richardson passed away on March 15, 2012, at the age of...

Amplify Action: Sustainability through the Arts

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC), the Pratt Center for Community Development, and Pratt’s Initiative for Arts, Community, and Social Change (IACSC) are proud to announce the opening of “Amplify Action: Sustainability through the Arts”, an exhibition of work by artists both local and abroad that will demonstrate how arts, culture, and media can be powerful catalysts for social change. The exhibit will allow the Central Brooklyn community to engage with themes...

The Brooklyn Historical Society-In Memory of Elsie Richardson

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Elsie Richardson (1922-2012) was a Brooklyn leader, community organizer, and activist who lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She was co-founder of the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council and was essential in the creation of the first nonprofit community development corporation in the country, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, which became a national model. You can learn more about the history and present of Restoration from this video.

Examiner- Brooklyn's Wall of Fame Completed

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Bedford Stuyvesant’s Historical Restoration Plaza invites residents and visitors to view the newly installed “Wall of Fame” made of a glass screen design. The over 8 foot structure features 9 images of America’s influential icons that have tremendously impacted the Bedford Stuyvesant community of Brooklyn.

National Book Awardee Nikky Finney Featured in Eleventh National Black Writers Conference Celebration of Women’s History Month Series

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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The Brooklyn Bureau- Let's Streamline the Weatherization Process

Thursday, March 15, 2012
The typical New York City home wastes 20 to 50 percent of the energy that it uses, but once retrofitted, it can save between $800 and $1,200 per year—a windfall for moderate income families. Money diverted from the utility bills immediately gets redeployed toward quality food and medication or keeping the dream of home ownership alive.

Bed Stuy Patch- BSRC Buzz: Making Energy Efficiency Affordable

Friday, February 17, 2012
Whether we are motivated by lowering our utility bills or reducing our carbon emissions, we are all interested in making our homes energy efficient, especially during this time of the year as temperatures fall. Homeowners throughout New York City now have a way to affordably do this work through On-Bill Recovery. What does this mean for you?

Wall Street Journal- Have Brooklyn Orchestra, Will Travel

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
As New York City Opera begins its first nomadic season this week after abandoning its longtime home at Lincoln Center, it might look to the Brooklyn Philharmonic for inspiration: The orchestra is in the midst of a similar experiment. Later this month, the philharmonic will begin its second of three residencies in neighborhoods across the borough this season. And officials say the new model is working. The orchestra has sold out every concert so far, is on track to balance its $2.5...

Bed Stuy Patch- BSRC Buzz: Workforce Assistance in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Friday, February 3, 2012
Last September, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Foodtown hosted a three-day Leadership Summit, where residents, local businesses, civic organizations and government representatives came together to find solutions to the various issues affecting the quality of life in our community. The participants formed various work groups and came away inspired and full of great ideas and possibilities, ready to address our community’s challenges head on! Focusing on workforce...

Bed Stuy Patch- The BSRC BUZZ- Shop The BID in Bed-Stuy

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Dear Neighbors, I’m a native son of Bed-Stuy. From bike riding as a child along the tree-lined blocks of MacDonough Street, to now, as a proud homeowner on Decatur Street, I’ve always taken pride in the neighborhood’s majestic brownstones, the friendly faces, the comfort of a familiar community.

Bed Stuy Patch- VIDEO: Lights, Camera, Movement!

Monday, January 16, 2012
On Saturday, January 14, in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Restoration Dance Theatre Company presented, “Lights, Camera, Movement” at Long Island University’s Kumble Theatre. Through ten dance performances, the company of 14 young dancers gave homage to Dr. King, a man who championed freedom, opportunity and justice. His vision of America is captured in his message of ... click here to read more from Bed Stuy Patch!


Monday, December 26, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG HIGHLIGHTS THE MANY FREE AND LOW-COST ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING CULTURAL EXHIBITS, PERFORMANCES AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE TO NEW YORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES THIS WINTER SEASON New York City Offers Countless Free Exhibits, Performances, Outdoor Activities and Family-Oriented Volunteer Opportunities Call 311 or Visit for More Information on these Events, Activities and Many Others

Bed Stuy Patch- The Ebony Nutcracker

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
As I child growing up in the 70s, there were two music soundtracks that, for me, defined Christmas: “The Nat King Cole Christmas Album,” and “Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker.” That’s why when I learned that the Restoration Youth Arts Academy, in conjunction with the Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre, would be performing “The Ebony Nutcracker,” I had to grab my godchildren, and go. The production, which ran two shows this past Sunday at the...

Bed Stuy Patch- The 2011 'RFK' was Hopping!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Early Saturday morning, hundreds of eager children entered Restoration Plaza for the annual Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Holiday Party. Named after one of Restoration’s founders and early champions, the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the event has become a much-anticipated event in the community. If you passed by Restoration Plaza, you would have surely noticed the jubilant crowds and sea of children and their families gathered in lines.

Examiner-Robert F. Kennedy memorial holiday party in Brooklyn

Monday, December 12, 2011
Children, music, a gigantic snowman, goats and geese, were in the mix as the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation honored its founder, Robert F. Kennedy with the annual RFK Memorial Holiday Party. The celebration promotes literacy and healthy lifestyles in Central Brooklyn through a plethora of activities throughout the plaza. Children, young and old enjoyed storytelling, face painting, a petting zoo, games and performances by Restoration’s own Youth Arts Academy.

Bed Stuy Patch- Colvin's Corner: Helping Restoration, Helping Your Community, Helping You

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
For the past 44 years, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has answered “yes”, providing a critical safety net of services to Central Brooklyn families ranging from social supports, benefits, job training and placement, and weatherization assistance to educational enrichment and artistic development. We’ve said “yes” so that your neighbors can get the help they need during these challenging economic times. We’ve said yes so that a generation of Central...