It borders Williamsburg to the north at Flushing Avenue and Crown Heights to the south at Fulton Street, and spans from Classon Avenue to Broadway. One of Brooklyn’s oldest established neighborhoods, it can be a great alternative to the more expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods closer to Manhattan, with a charm all its own.
Built around what was once a central train station and is now an outpost of the Long Island Rail Road, Bedford-Stuyvesant has been best known as an African-American cultural hub, a counterpart to Manhattan’s Harlem. One of Bed-Stuy’s trademarks is as a setting and inspiration for Spike Lee’s movies, including Do the Right Thing, and the neighborhood will look familiar to fans of the film. Mos Def, the Notorious B.I.G., Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan, among other noteworthy names, have also called the neighborhood home and paid tribute to it through their art. A historic area known for its tight-knit communities, Bedford-Stuyvesant is now home to long-time neighborhood residents and newcomers, young professionals, artists, students, and more—in short, a diverse mix of residents.Find Bedford - Stuyvesant apartments
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The neighborhood features brownstone-lined and tree-filled streets, and since the early 2000s it has experienced a surge in popularity, bringing about new construction and renovations on vintage buildings, as well as an influx of shops and restaurants, wine bars and galleries. Among the most popular are pizza place Saraghina, the Thai and Filipino cuisine at Umi Nom, southern classics at Peaches HotHouse, coffee and Korean food at 232, the food adventure of Do or Dine, and Brooklyn favorite, donut shop Dough. Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue are retail corridors, with clothing and home stores, and new shops regularly opening. Main thoroughfares have also been recently renovated to beautify streets and attract businesses and shoppers.
Bedford-Stuyvesant is easily accessible via public transportation, and the A, C, G, J, M and Z trains all run through the area, as well as a number of buses. For commuters to midtown Manhattan, trains take approximately 15-30 minutes.