BED STUY ALIVE! GETTING BIGGER AND BETTER
Friday, September 28, 2012
For More Information Contact: Tracey Capers, 718-636-6906
For Immediate Release
BED STUY AWAITS The 8th ANNUAL BED STUY ALIVE: October 6-20th
The 8th Annual Bed Stuy Alive! will take place from October 6th through October 20th, celebrating the rich history and diversity of the Bedford Stuyvesant community. With the theme of Live Healthy, Live Well, Live Green, the fourteen days of happenings will include the Gala Kick-off Street Festival, live jazz, workshops for seniors, a food and wellness day, an evening of African music, the Annual House Tour, and the Annual Studio Strut. The Savor Bed-Stuy Restaurant Taste will span the two weeks, and people from all over are invited to eat in over fifty participating eateries.
Bed Stuy Alive! is sponsored by the Bed Stuy Alive! Collective, which includes the following organizations: Bedford-Stuyvesant Artists’ Association, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA, Bridge Street Development Corporation, the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc., Community Board 3, and Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation.
Highlights of the exciting events to come include:
Saturday, October 6th – Gala Kick-off Street Festival
Fulton Street (Between Brooklyn and New York Avenues)
Opening Ceremony and Tohma Y. Faulkner Community Awards – 10:00
Kicking off the festival, Assemblywoman Annette Robinson will emcee the 4th Annual Tohma Y. Faulkner Community Awards on Saturday, October 6th at 10am. Excerpts from the MAAFA Suite-A Healing Journey will be performed again this year, courtesy of St. Paul Community Baptist Church. The MAAFA is a moving story of the African Diaspora told through music, dance, and spoken word.
2012 Tohma Y. Faulkner honorees include our Art Trailblazer, Jacquie Woods; Community Champions Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant, Inc. and 500 Men Making a Difference; Community Service honoree Demetrice Mills, President Brooklyn/Queens Land Trust and Pansy Nettles, President, Brevoort Houses Tenants’ Association; Cultural Trailblazer honoree Major Moon, Executive Director of the Billie Holiday Theatre; Economic Development Trailblazer Marcia Melendez, Owner of Flowerworks; New Entrepreneurs Jean and Gayna Alerte, Owners of Brooklyn Swirls; Outstanding Educator honoree Dr. Bernard Gassaway, Principal of Boys and Girls High School and Youth Achievement honorees Malaia and Kalia Simms.
Restoration Rocks, 12-5pm
Following the ceremony, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation will host the 6th Annual Restoration Rocks music festival. This year Restoration will collaborate with Soul of Brooklyn Block Party, an innovative initiative which uses culture to promote neighborhood businesses, cultural institutions and special events that reflect the borough’s vibrant roots and contribute to the growth of stronger communities. Restoration Rocks is free and open to the public. Live performances will include MC Lyte, Brand Nubian, Jessica care Moore with special guests from Black WOMEN Rock!, Maimouna Youssef and Martin Luther among others.
During the entire day, Fulton Street will be filled with something for every age and interest. A farmers’ market, health screenings, and information from community and civic organizations will reflect this year’s theme - Live Healthy, Live Well, Live Green. Adding to the mix will be the Artists’ Row, the diverse flavors of the Savor Bed-Stuy Food Court, the lively Kids’ Zone, and the colorful Bed Stuy Marketplace, with a bounty of hand-crafted wares from local artisans.
Savor Bed Stuy, October 6th – October 20
Sponsored by Bridge Street Development Corporation & Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District, Savor Bed Stuy will invite visitors to experience the diverse flavors of our proud community. Specials are provided on meals at participating local restaurants. Visit http://www.bed-stuyalivecollective.com/index.html for a full listing of participating restaurants.
The 31st Annual 10K Run, Walk and Ride, October 7th
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation will present the 31st Annual 10K Community Run, Walk and Ride. One of NYC’s premiere 10Ks, the race welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels. Registration begins at 8am with the race starting promptly at 10am. A Kiddie Run, Awards Ceremony and post-race refreshments will follow. For the first time ever, a pre-race bike ride will take place as part of ongoing efforts to promote community health.
Food and Family Day, October 13th
The Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant and the Brooklyn Community Foundation will co-host the 2nd Annual Bedford Stuyvesant Food and Family Day, an exciting event from 10am -2pm that will bring together local residents, food justice advocates, urban farmers and gardeners, local businesses, schools, educators and community organizations to examine wellness and access to healthy foods in Bed-Stuy.
Workshops will include: How to Eat and Cook Healthy on a Family Budget, A Tour of Local Farmers' Markets and Green Grocers, Basic Gardening and Composting Tips, How to Become a Bed-Stuy Healthy Food Advocate, How to Become Involved with Local Mural and Mapping Projects, and a Youth Presentation on Local Farming and Gardening. There will also be activities for kids, including gardening and art projects, outdoor exercise demonstrations, health and EBT/WIC screenings, and free giveaways. For more information visit www.cibsbedstuy.org.
The 9th Annual Studio Strut, Saturday, October 20th
The Bedford- Stuyvesant Artists’ Association will present the 9th Annual Studio Strut from 12pm through 7pm. This free, self-guided tour showcases the community’s many galleries. Begin by picking up your map at Zion Gallery, 152 MacDonough Street. For more information visit http://www.besaa.org/.
34th Annual House Tour of Bedford Stuyvesant (Saturday, October 20)
Sponsored by The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the 34rd Annual House Tour of Bedford Stuyvesant will take place from 9am through 5pm, delighting visitors with a look inside the community’s historic brownstones. Tickets for the tour can be purchased at Old Boys High School between Marcy and Putnam Avenues. Visit www.brownstonersofbedstuy.org for more information.
“Bed-Stuy Alive! builds on the work of so many residents, from all walks of life, who dedicated themselves to the ongoing revitalization of our community. With the Tohma Y. Faulkner Awards, we honor their spirit. We hope folks from all over will come out and take part in the exciting October 6th kick-off, and come back again and again for the happenings during the two week celebration,” says Brenda Fryson, Chair of, Bed Stuy Alive! 2012."
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