In the News

The New York Times "Examining the Kennedy Legacy in Brooklyn"

Friday, January 30, 2009
The newly appointed senator, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, has been in her new job for the better part of a work week now, and Caroline Kennedy has been out of contention for the same post for even longer. But before Ms. Kennedy has eased off the stage of electoral politics completely, it seems worthwhile to consider for a moment why her last name still carries the weight in New York that it does... full story at NY Times

The New York Times "Star Power, Still Shining 40 Years On"

Thursday, January 29, 2009
RESTORATION PLAZA, the rambling headquarters of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, takes up several buildings, including one that was once an abandoned milk-bottling plant, on a full square block south of Fulton Street... full story at NY Times

The New York Times "Bed-Stuy’s Long-Playing Music Man "

Thursday, January 22, 2009
JOE LONG, the owner of Birdell’s, a venerable independent record store on Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, has supplied three generations of music lovers with 45s, 78s, 33s, cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs and the occasional dollop of fatherly advice... full story at NY Times

Restoration on PBS "Black Communities Struggle with Soaring Energy Costs"

Monday, August 18, 2008
Energy and food prices are skyrocketing. Some people are forgoing necessities, simply because they costs too much. Some black communities have been hit particularly hard because residents pay a larger percentage of their incomes on energy costs. Jori Lewis looks at the reasons and how some homeowners are adjusting... full audio and transcript at PBS

NY Daily News "Young Noel Pointer School of Music performers wow concertgoers"

Monday, August 18, 2008
In a sunlit room far, far away from Carnegie Hall, proud mothers sat on a recent Friday afternoon, with bouquets of fresh flowers on their laps. Proud dads stood along the walls of the room, cameras ready to record the action... full story at NY Daily News

NY Daily News "New AM radio station One Caribbean Radio tunes in Caribbean community"

Thursday, August 14, 2008
Edmon Braithwaite must be onto something. After a sometimes rocky year, Braithwaite's One Caribbean Radio (620 AM), a part-time station with studios in Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for politicians eager to reach the city's 3-million-plus Caribbean-American community... full story at NY Times

NY Observer: "Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation Marks 40 Years Amid Gentrification Chatter"

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Even though he was an honoree, Governor David Paterson couldn’t make it to the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s 40th anniversary gala on Thursday night. He was campaigning for Barack Obama. Things have changed, indeed, for the central Brooklyn neighborhood and its boosters in the 40 years since Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits founded the preservationist Restoration Corporation.... full story at NY Observer

NY1 News: Restaurant Grand Opening Celeberates New Food, Jobs in Bed-Stuy

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Customers lined up outside the new neighborhood restaurant in Bedford Stuyvesant. Inside, the Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill was packed. The grand opening of the restaurant brings more than just moderately priced food to the area. It also brings jobs. Ninety-nine percent of them are all from here; a number of them live across the street. Most of them walk to work," says Applebee's owner Zane Tankel. "You can't be in a neighborhood without neighborhood people here."

NY Daily News: Bed-Stuy Exhibition reveals Youngsters' Frame of Mind

Sunday, November 27, 2005
AT FIRST GLANCE, it would appear Ahmed Manns of Bedford-Stuyvesant would have little in common with Pearl Shelby of Marvell, Ark. Shelby's hometown, which is 45 minutes from Memphis by car, is exactly 1.4 square miles and has a population of 1,395. Manns' borough measures 71 square miles; its population is 2,467,326. But when photographs by Manns and Shelby went on exhibit at the Skylight Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant's Restoration Plaza recently, a common theme was evident.

Brooklyn''s Billie Holiday Theater to get facelift

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
The 34-year-old Billie Holiday Theater in Bedford-Stuyvesant will get its first-ever facelift with the help of $900,000 from the office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

NY Times: In Wake of Rap World Violence, Honoring Hip-Hop's Cool Side

Sunday, March 20, 2005
For hip-hop stars in New York, March got off to a flashy start. An eruption of gunfire outside Hot 97, the popular radio station, was attributed to tensions, since resolved, between 50 Cent and the rapper the Game. That week, the rapper Lil' Kim went on trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan on charges related to a shooting in front of Hot 97 in 2001. On Thursday she was convicted of lying to a grand jury that was investigating the shooting.

Brooklyn Neighborhood Pays Tribute To Its Notable Residents

Thursday, March 10, 2005
"Do or Die Bed-Stuy" is a decades-old street slogan the Brooklyn neighborhood wants to retire. "Bed-Stuy And Proud Of It" is the mantra for a new marketing campaign called Brooklyn Icons. It features 23-foot outdoor wallscapes honoring the neighborhood's here to read more from NY 1.

Set the table for Foodtown in Bed-Stuy

Monday, July 26, 2004
PATHMARK IS OUT and Foodtown is moving in to Restoration Plaza on Fulton St. in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Officials from Foodtown/PSK Supermarkets agreed this month to a 25-year lease to operate a Foodtown grocery within Restoration Plaza. Foodtown stepped in when Pathmark was unable to work out a renewal on its lease.

NY Times- HOME FRONT; Wanted: Restaurant and Watering Hole

Friday, January 23, 2004
WHY would a neighborhood yearn for something as prosaic as an International House of Pancakes or an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar? Kenneth Adams, the president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, calls it Ford Explorer Syndrome. On Saturdays, many people in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn pile their families into the car and head for Park Slope, Cobble Hill and other neighborhoods to shop or have a meal.