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Metropolitan Museum Elects New Trustee Colvin W. Grannum

Thursday, September 10, 2015
(New York, September 8, 2015)—Colvin W. Grannum has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art representing the Borough of Brooklyn, it was announced today by Daniel Brodsky, the Museum’s Chairman. The election took place at the September 8 meeting of the Board. Since 2001, Mr. Grannum has served as President and CEO of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, recognized as the first community development corporation, and one of the largest,...

Dnainfo- Marcy Plaza Farmers Market Returns to Bed-Stuy for the Summer

Friday, July 24, 2015
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — The Marcy Plaza Farmers Market is making its return to Bed-Stuy on Wednesday, offering fresh produce and locally-sourced food to the neighborhood. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is partnering with EmblemHealth, the Brooklyn Rescue Mission and TD Bank to bring the market back for a third year on the corner of Fulton Street and Marcy Avenue.

The Brooklyn Reader- Marcy Plaza Farmers Market Opens New Season in Bed-Stuy

Friday, July 17, 2015
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation kicked off the new season of the Marcy Plaza Farmers Market on Wednesday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and musical performance by the students of the Noel Pointer Foundation Summer Strings Program. The farmers market– a collaborative effort between Restoration, EmblemHealth, Brooklyn Rescue Mission and Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District– will run weekly here to read more from The Brooklyn Reader!

NY Daily News: Searching for the next Misty Copeland: Why ballerinas of color are in such short supply

Friday, July 10, 2015
When Cuban-American ballerina Alina Abrantes hears the name Misty Copeland, one word enters her mind. “Hope,” she replied during a practice session at the Dance Theatre of Harlem where she’s studying this summer. “If [Misty] made it, I can make it. Now I’m so obsessed with her.” Copeland, 32, sent ballerinas of color into a joyous frenzy recently when the prestigious American Ballet Theatre made her the first African-American woman to serve as principal dancer of a major ballet company.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle- Marcy Plaza Farmers Market, EmblemHealth return to Bed-Stuy for 2015 season

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The Marcy Plaza Farmers Market will make its official return to Bedford-Stuyvesant on Wednesday, July 15 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, EmblemHealth and the Brooklyn Rescue Mission have collaborated on bringing the market back to the community for 2015. Its season will run weekly on Wednesdays through Oct. 28, with operating hours from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Click here to read more from Brooklyn Daily Eagle!

The Brooklyn Reader- Restoration to Hosts Major Employer Screening Event

Friday, June 5, 2015
On Wednesday, June 10, from 9:30am – 4:00pm, local job seekers will have a unique opportunity to meet with ten employees at a special employment screening event at Restoration Plaza. Hosted by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, in partnership with Workforce 1, the event will provide targeted screening for numerous positions in retail, customer service, health, and security. Assisting at the event will be volunteers from Goldman Sachs’ Community TeamWorks program who will...

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle- Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation presents Otto Neals sculpture retrospective

Friday, June 5, 2015
The Center for Arts and Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC) is presenting a retrospective from 1965-2015 of the sculptures of Otto Neals, a renowned 83-year-old African-American artist from Brooklyn. An opening reception will be held at the Skylight Gallery on June 20 at 7 p.m., and the exhibit will continue through Sept. 20. This is part of a citywide celebration curated by Dr. Myrah Brown Green at five other galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan throughout the summer of...

DNAinfo- 26 New Citi Bike Stations Set to Roll Out in Bed-Stuy by End of 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Citi Bike is gearing up for its expansion into the rest of Bedford-Stuyvesant this year with planned community outreach and enrollment slated for this summer. The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is partnering with Citi Bike to bring safety trainings, helmet fittings, and enrollment events to central Brooklyn. The local organization received a $75,000 grant in April from the PeopleForBikes Foundation, a national cycling group that works to increase bike...

DNAinfo - Get Fit For Free at Bed-Stuy Nonprofit's Aerobics and Cooking Classes

Thursday, May 21, 2015
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Corporation is offering free fitness and cooking classes for a year to help residents improve their health. The community organization hosts weekly hour-long total body conditioning classes, including aerobics and weightlifting, that are open to individuals of all fitness levels at 1368 Fulton St. Click here to read more from DNAinfo!

Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Members And Food Bank NYC Encourage New Yorkers to Utilize Earned Income Tax Credit

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**                                                                                                             April 7, 2015 Contact: (212) 788-7116Release #:038-2015 With just one week...

NY Times- Review: In ‘Brothers From the Bottom,’ Jousting About Gentrification

Thursday, March 12, 2015
In a scene from Jackie Alexander’s timely and sympathetic “Brothers From the Bottom,” at the Billie Holiday Theater, two men stand on a shared front porch and argue about the fate of their neighborhood. Trey (Wendell Franklin) is involved in a plan to replace rundown houses with gleaming condos. His brother, Chris (Wendell Pierce of “The Wire” and “Treme”), is skeptical.

The Wall Street Journal- Choreographer Dances to a Brooklyn Tune

Sunday, February 22, 2015
When artists look for a dream workspace, Manhattan exerts a powerful pull. But for choreographer and cultural ambassador Ronald K. Brown, who celebrates the 30th anniversary of his troupe Evidence, A Dance Company with a run at the Joyce Theater this week, creative opportunities led him back to his Brooklyn roots. Mr.

DNAINFO- Billie Holiday Theatre Kicks Off Residency with 'Selma' Star Wendell Pierce

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Some famous faces are helping Bed-Stuy’s Billie Holiday Theatre launch its two-year residency in Brooklyn’s downtown cultural district. Starting in March, Tony-Award winning actor Wendell Pierce will perform in “Brothers from the Bottom,” a play dealing with gentrification in New Orleans.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle- Billie Holiday Theatre begins 2-year residency at BAM Cultural District

Thursday, February 12, 2015
As its home in Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza undergoes a multimillion-dollar renovation, The Billie Holiday Theatre, normally housed at Restoration Plaza, is preparing to kick off a two-year residency at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse, 126 St. Felix St., within the BAM Cultural District. Click here to read more from Brooklyn Daily Eagle!

The Broadway World- BROTHERS FROM THE BOTTOM to Play Billie Holiday Theatre, 3/6-29

Monday, February 2, 2015
As their award-winning theatre home in Bed-Stuy's Restoration Plaza undergoes a multi-million dollar facelift, The Billie Holiday Theatre (BHT) has announced a move that will bring their acclaimed productions to Brooklyn's flourishing Downtown Cultural District. Thanks to a special partnership with the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse, BHT will kick off a two-year residency with a high profile run of the play Brothers from the Bottom, starring actor and TONY Award-winning producer...


Friday, January 30, 2015
On Monday, February 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., all three levels of government (federal, state and local), including Commissioner of NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Julie Menin and representatives from the Office of U.S.

Misty Copeland: Life in Motion Book Discussion Rescheduled

Monday, January 26, 2015
Book Discussion and Signing scheduled for Monday, January 26 will be rescheduled due to the blizzard alert.  An updated date will be posted and emailed to ticket holders once the date is finalized.  All tickets will be honored on the new date.  Additional information will be posted here and at 

NY Daily News- Ballerina Misty Copeland hopes to inspire youngsters with a visit to the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp

Sunday, January 25, 2015
A groundbreaking ballerina is bringing her inspirational story to Brooklyn’s legendary Billie Holiday Theatre on Monday.The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. and Greenlight Bookstore tapped Misty Copeland, renowned for being the only African-American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, to speak about her remarkable career with members of the Restoration Youth Arts Academy in an event that’s open to public.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Hosts Annual RFK Memorial Holiday Party & Book Signing with 2014 National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming)

Friday, December 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       Media Contact: Kamian AllenPhone: 212-337-8870Email: December 13: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Hosts  Annual RFK Memorial Holiday Party & Book Signing with 2014 National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) Day-Long Program Includes Gift & Book Givea


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Honoring one of Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s founders, Robert F. Kennedy, this annual celebration– affectionately known as the RFK Memorial Holiday Party– promotes literacy and healthy lifestyles in Central Brooklyn while offering an array of interactive and stimulating holiday-themed children’s activities. Click here to read more from The Brooklyn Reader!