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Brooklyn’s Own, Big Daddy Kane Lights Up the Stage at the 7th Annual Restoration Rocks Event!

Monday, October 21, 2013
Brooklynites and fans of hip-hop joined for the love of music to celebrate the 7th Annual Restoration Rocks featuring Big Daddy Kane and hosted by Leon!

New York Amsterdam News- Big Daddy Kane brings it home

Thursday, October 17, 2013
When Big Daddy Kane broke out those “Smooth Operator” moves in Bed-Stuy on Saturday, he rocked an already elated crowd of mostly 40-year-olds and older who remembered the tunes, the dance moves and the attitude of the late ’80s and ’90s. Last week, Kane told the AmNews, “It’s gonna be like a hip-hop version of a James Brown show, with all the dynamics and a soul feel to it, you know.” And it was.

Amsterdamnews-Big Daddy Kane brings it home

Thursday, October 17, 2013
When Big Daddy Kane broke out those “Smooth Operator” moves in Bed-Stuy on Saturday, he rocked an already elated crowd of mostly 40-year-olds and older who remembered the tunes, the dance moves and the attitude of the late ’80s and ’90s. Last week, Kane told the AmNews, “It’s gonna be like a hip-hop version of a James Brown show, with all the dynamics and a soul feel to it, you know.” And it was.

Streetsblog-Bed-Stuy Cuts the Ribbon on Marcy Plaza, Celebrating Reclaimed Space

Friday, September 27, 2013
More than 100 people joined local leaders and city agency chiefs this morning to cut the red ribbon for Marcy Plaza, a new pedestrian space carved from what used to be an extra-wide stretch of asphalt next to a one-story Burger King in Bedford Stuyvesant. The plaza, part of a larger $20 million streetscape upgrade stretching from Bedford Avenue to Troy Avenue, sits across Fulton Street from Restoration Hall and Restoration Plaza, which received its own facelift recently.

DNAinfo- Amateur Artists to Rock With Questlove and Big Daddy Kane in Bed-Stuy

Thursday, September 26, 2013
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — "How U Get a Record Deal?" Opening for Big Daddy Kane wouldn't hurt. Two lucky amateur artists will get a chance to open for Kane, Questlove, Chrisette Michele and other artists during Oct. 12's Restoration Rocks! Music Festival in Bed-Stuy. The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation partnered with the company Blazetrak, which connects artists with music industry professionals, to help choose two winners.

NY1-Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Gets $20 Million Makeover

Friday, September 13, 2013
It's been an anchor in the community for decades, and now, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has an updated look while preserving its past. Along Fulton Street, you'll find Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the country's first community development corporation created back in the 1960s to help stabilize the struggling neighborhood.Its founders included Sens. Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits, who are now forever memorialized in the plaza. It's part of a new look...

Bed Stuy Patch-New Restoration Plaza Unveiled This Week

Friday, September 13, 2013
Bed-Stuy civic leaders turned out in droves earlier this week — not to vote in the city elections, but to unveil the new and improved Restoration Plaza. The community hub, which had fallen into disrepair in recent years, got a much-needed facelift that was finished earlier this month. Local leaders, including City Councilman Al Vann, got to cut the ribbon for the occassion. “The scope and success of this revitalization project exemplifies our community’s...

New York Observer-Among the Last Pedestrian Plazas of the Bloomberg Era, Marcy Avenue Plaza Is Unveiled in Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Primary Day: it is, for many New Yorkers, a time when the next mayoralty moves from the realm of the hypothetical to the realm of the real; the current administration recedes accordingly. But for a few hours at least, on a street corner in Bed-Stuy, the leaflet-brandishing volunteers seemed very far away, as Bloomberg administration commissioners, political appointees, local buinsess leaders and term-limited outgoing council member Al Vann gathered to celebrate a brand new pedestrian plaza....

Brownstoner- Bed Stuy Community Groups, Pols to Celebrate End of Fulton Street Restoration

Monday, September 9, 2013
The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. is staging a ribbon-cutting tomorrow at Marcy Plaza to announce the official completion of the $20 million revitalization of a mile-long stretch of Fulton Street in Bed Stuy. The seven-year-long renovation of Restoration Plaza and other public plazas on Fulton has added public art and wi-fi and created “new green space, outdoor cultural and community event spaces, and expanded sidewalks with new benches and lighting to create public destinations...

Annual 10K Community Run & Walk ( A part of the Bed Stuy Alive event)

Friday, August 30, 2013
The race is one of the premier 10K’s held in all New York City. Given its proximity to the NYC Marathon, many athletes see Restoration’s 10K as a “warm up” to their long-distance run in November. One of the oldest Brooklyn run routes in New York. However, people of all fitness levels and ages are attracted to the race which has become a much anticipated community event. Restoration 32st 10K RUN will be on October 13, 2013.

2013 Toast of Brooklyn – a Wine & Food Festival

Friday, August 30, 2013
The Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District (The BID), in collaboration with The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC) would like to invite you to

DNAinfo- Film Festival Celebrates Black Women in Bed-Stuy

Friday, August 16, 2013
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A Brooklyn film festival is celebrating the accomplishments and experiences of black women this weekend in Bed-Stuy. The Women of African Descent Film Festival, presented by the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links, Inc., is a weekly film festival running through August at Restoration Plaza, featuring films and shorts by or about black women. Click here to read more from DNAInfo! 

DNAinfo- New Farmers Market Offers Healthy Alternative in Bed-Stuy

Thursday, August 15, 2013
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Eat good in the neighborhood. A new farmers market that opened this month in Bed-Stuy aims to serve fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to a community that organizers said is underserved. The market, which is in front of a Burger King and across the street from an Applebee's at Restoration Plaza, offers a healthy alternative to restaurants like those, said Robert Ennis Jackson of the Brooklyn Rescue Mission.

Bed Stuy Patch- Ever Had a Yellow Watermelon? Bed-Stuy Community Market Has That and More

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Check out Restoration Plaza’s Community Market, which runs every Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through October at the Marcy Plaza pedestrian square. “It basically helps the community to spend their money in the right place,” said Willie Sanchez, a senior job developer at Restoration Plaza. “You get fresh fruits, carrots, tomatoes, onions, corn, all the spices and seasoning, and yellow watermelons! Can you believe it?”.

New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery visited Restoration's Jobs Plus Site

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Longtime supporter of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC), New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery of the 25th state district visited the staff and members of BSRC's newly launched program, Jobs Plus. Joined with her was Joan Eastmond, the Senator Montgomery's Community Liaison and BSRC's President/CEO, Colvin Grannum. On May 1st, 2013, the Jobs Plus program in Northern Bedford Stuyvesant opened its' doors to serve residents of Marcy, Lafayette and Louis...

Caribbean Life- New director at Bed-Stuy BID

Thursday, July 25, 2013
On May 20, 2013, the board of directors of the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District (BID) announced the hiring of Michael Lambert as its executive director. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Lambert brings many years of diverse managerial experience, which include directing a key New York Citywide community health care program of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, and most recently as executive director of the Jerome-Gun Hill BID and the deputy director of the...

Examiner-Free summer concerts in Brooklyn

Friday, July 19, 2013
The best things in life are free. One of those free things are concerts in Brooklyn. Each summer New York explodes with the best musical performances by the best local, national and international talent. Wearing its crown, Brooklyn has been deemed the best borough offering free concerts for all ages. From band shells to "pop up" stages, several sections of Brooklyn host the most amazing and entertaing day and night shows that one can go on a "concert crawl." Click here to...

DNAinfo: Restorations Summer Series

Friday, July 19, 2013
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A local nonprofit group is celebrating the renovation of Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy with a summer-long celebration, featuring music, art and more. The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Summer Presenting Series is a series of summer and fall outdoor programs designed to promote health and culture, the group said. The series celebrates the completion of a city initiative to renovate Fulton Street, including a mile-long streetscape program the c

Bed-Stuy Patch- Restorations Summer Series

Friday, July 19, 2013
For the past month or so I have been interning with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Because I am not a native of Bed Stuy, I was not familiar with Restoration or its effect on Bed Stuy. But after hours of working on different projects, listening in on conferences and visiting sites I have begun to understand what Restoration does for the Bedford Stuyvesant community. All of Restoration’s programs and resources are intended to help or improve lives of residents of Bed Stuy...

Kimati Dinizulu

Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Restoration Youth Arts Academy is truly saddened to learn of Kimati Dinizulu’s transition to the ancestral grounds. We were honored that he shared his mastery and family history with the children of Restoration during DanceAfrica workshop week. Our hearts will continue to beat in the rhythm of his spirit! Viewing: Thursday, July 11, 2013 3pm - 5pm Funeral: Thursday, July 11, 2013 5pm - 6:30pm Gilmore Funeral Home 19102 Linden Blvd. Saint Albans, N.Y. 11412 718-529-3030