Bedford-Stuyvesant, commonly referred to as Bed-Stuy, is a northern community in Brooklyn with an aesthetic appeal of ornately detailed Victorian brownstones stretching for blocks along tree-lined streets .

Bed-Stuy is considered by many to be the major cultural center for Brooklyn’s African American population and a hub of vibrant diversity and a tight-knit community. The neighborhood historically hasn’t seen as much gentrification as surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods, and is known for proudly featuring a wide variety of black-owned businesses. Bed-Stuy is made up of four smaller neighborhoods: Bedford in the north, Stuyvesant Heights in the south, Ocean Hill towards the east, and Weeksville located in the southeast. Each of these sub neighborhoods contribute to the charm that locals love in Bed-Stuy.


The name Bedford-Stuyvesant is a combination of the two previous villages, Bedford and Stuyvesant Heights. Peter Stuyvesant was the last governor of the New Netherland colony, and by the second half of the 17th century, the land belonged to three Dutch settlers: farmers Jan Hansen and Leffert Pietersen van Haughwout, and ferryboat operator Dirck Janse Hooghland. For most of its early history, this area was farmland and later became the first major settlement in Brooklyn. During the early 1900’s and in the years of the Great Depression, immigrants from the Caribbean and American South migrated to the area, making it one of the largest Black communities of the time that continued growing after World War II with new opportunities for employment.

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