"YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TENNANT IN THIS APARTMENT"
This newly renovated building has all the creature comfort amenities and luxury. No expense was speared.
? Washer & Dryer
? Central AC & Heat
? 1 + 1/2 Marble, Tile hardwood cabinetry Bathrooms
? Hardwood floors throughout
? Exposed Brick
"BED-STUY" -- as in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the sprawling brownstone neighborhood and hub of African-American life in Central Brooklyn-- once upon a time evoked apprehension.
In Spike Lee's 1989 film, "Do the Right Thing," the area was depicted as a simmering pot of racial tension; in the stories, told through rap, of artists like Jay-Z and the Notorious B.I.G., it seemed there were few tougher places. Even Billy Joel described walking through the neighborhood alone as evidence he may be crazy in his 1980 song "You May Be Right."
Today, the idea that Bed-Stuy is different is nothing new. All around, well-kept houses fetch prices no one ever thought possible in the days of the crack epidemic of the 1980s.
A friendly cafe with the playful name Bread Stuy, on a hip strip of Lewis Avenue, serves iced chai tea and terrific banana bread. And this month, Jay-Z reportedly took Oprah Winfrey and a camera crew to the neighborhood to visit his grandmother.
Yet change never comes all at once, and no one is claiming Bedford-Stuyvesant has been sanitized. To start with it is almost a city within a borough, with more than 100,000 residents and several enclaves of its own.
For those within walking distance of Fulton Street, a trip to the financial district on the A and C trains takes about 15 minutes; to Midtown (with transfers), 15 to 20 more. The G line, with its shortened trains running under Lafayette and Marcy Avenues, doesn't enter ; commuters must change trains. On the eastern end of Bed-Stuy, the J and M trains take about 20 minutes to get to the financial district.
WHAT TO DO
In August in Fulton Park on Friday nights there is KidFlix, a selection of films that culminates with "The Wiz," with Michael Jackson, this Friday.
On Oct. 10, the weeklong Bed-Stuy Alive festival kicks off with concerts and awards and concludes with a tour organized by the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a community group. On Oct. 11, another such group, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration, will host a 10-kilometer neighborhood run.
For green thumbs, the giant Hattie Carthan Garden is across Marcy Avenue from Herbert Von King Park, with a farmers' market on Saturdays. The Malcolm X Community Farmers' Market is open Saturdays at Jackie Robinson Park.