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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...

The New York Times: The Local- Fort Greene/Clinton Hill-Portraits of Many Writers on Display at Skylight Gallery

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Skylight Gallery of the Center for Arts & Culture at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center held an opening for a new exhibit last Thursday. The crowd that attended the event came to view 35 photographic portraits of black female writers, poets and artists of various ages. The exhibition, “Her Word As Witness: Portrait Of Women Writers Of The African Diaspora,” includes photos of poet Sonia Sanchez, jazz singer Esperanza Spalding, editor Susan Taylor, journalist Danyel...

Loop 21- New Photo Exhibit Captures Women Writers of Color

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
When photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn made a choice to photograph 36 contemporary writers for her current exhibition “Her Words Her Word as Witness: Portraits of Women Writers of the African Diaspora” she also, in effect, was turning the camera on herself. As a writer and photographer she understands what it means to bear witness and the vulnerability that comes with both jobs. Photographic portraiture is a medium that can be loaded with double entendre.

Bed Stuy Patch- Her Word as Witness' Opening Reception

Friday, December 2, 2011
Last night at the Skylight Gallery in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn-based photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn debuted "Her Word as Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora," an exhibit that features 35 photographic portraits of some of today's most compelling writers, along with excerpts from their works.

Community Appeal to “Occupy the High”

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Dear Community Members,

The NY Daily News- Photo exhibit with artful focus on women writers

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
More often than not, the city’s cultural institutions keep black Latinos and African-Americans in separate categories. The Brooklyn Museum’s photo exhibit “The Black List,” for example, was followed this year by “The Latino List.” But Brooklyn photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn has mixed both in “Her Word As Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora,” an exhibit featuring photos of 36 women that opens Thursday at the Skylight Gallery...

Bed Stuy Patch-The Ones That Endured

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The race goes not always to the strongest nor to the fastest, but to the one that endures. Beginning in June, Bed-Stuy Patch began profiling 19 runners training for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. On Sunday, November 6, seventeen of those 19 runners crossed the finish line. One of our profiled runners, Caitlin Martusewicz, was injured so she didn't run. And we were unable to catch up to Omar Almodovar whose time was not posted on the marathon website.

Bed Stuy Patch- 'Restoration's Nine' Cross The Finish Line

Monday, November 7, 2011
As runners in the 2011 ING New York City Marathon rounded the stretch up Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill and down Bedford Avenue in Bed-Stuy, they were welcomed to one of the greatest displays of sidewalk revelry Brooklyn has seen in years (if we do say so ourselves). For a nearly two-mile stretch, runners cut through a sea of animated and inspired applause, bells, whistles, horns and cheers like none other.

Team Restoration Crosses the Finish Line

Monday, November 7, 2011
Restoration applauds Team Restoration, the organization’s first ever ING New York City Marathon team which successfully made their debut at the 42nd Annual New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6th. The nine-person team represents a diverse group of athletes and professionals who have generously committed their personal financial support and fundraising efforts, not to mention hours of physical training in order to represent Restoration at this iconic New York City tradition. Race...

Bed Stuy Patch: Colvin's Corner- If Not You, Then Who?

Sunday, November 6, 2011
One thing I’ve often wondered about is the state of volunteerism and philanthropy in our communities. Why don’t more of our residents volunteer and financially support local nonprofits and community-based organizations? Let’s be clear. I’m well aware that there are many examples of volunteerism and philanthropy taking place every day, including the work we do in our churches. Others of us participate in civic organizations, like the Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant,...

Bed Stuy Patch-From Mean Street, to Clean Sweep

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Douglas Jones, executive director of the Bed-Stuy Gateway B.I.D., has only been on the job four months, but already, he has one huge success to his credit: He is cleaning up Fulton Street. “When I came in, folks were really complaining about the lack of cleanliness on Fulton Street,” Jones said. “It was just dirty, everywhere.” Jones went to Atlantic Maintenance, the company that provides cleaning services along Fulton.

Bed Stuy Patch-Approaching the Finish Line: Bed-Stuy's NYC Marathon Runners

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
On Monday, November 6, 2011, at least 19 runners representing Bedford-Stuyvesant will take part in the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. Over the past five months, every week, Bed-Stuy Patch has profiled each and every one of these amazing runners, who have been training very hard to see this day.

Bed Stuy Patch- Colvin's Corner: The Billie Holiday Theatre Commences its 40th Anniversary Season

Sunday, October 23, 2011
This past Thursday, the Billie Holiday Theatre (BHT) commenced its 40th anniversary season. Located in the heart of Restoration Plaza, the Audelco and Obie award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre (BHT) is the only professional resident theatre company in Brooklyn, and sets the standard for performing arts and serious theatre in Central Brooklyn.

Bed-Stuy's NYC Marathon Runner: Alisha Cowan-Vieira

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Name: Alisha Cowan-Vieira Age: Forever Young Hometown: Brooklyn, New York How long you've been running: