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Free GED Classes

Friday, May 24, 2013
Jobs Plus operated by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation offers free GED classes to residents of Marcy Houses, Lafayette Gardens, and Armstrong Houses at the Jobs Plus location on 630 Flushing Ave 1st Floor (Entrance on Tompkins Ave). Don’t Get Left Behind!!!! In January 2014, the GED test will change and passing scores on the previous test will no longer count. If you have never taken the GED or have taken the GED and passed some, but not all parts, come to Jobs-Plus to complete...

Bed Stuy Patch: VIDEO: Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Shares His Story

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The sports superstar and NBA legend was joined by the book's author, Quincy Troupe (author of The Pursuit of Happyness) to give the small theatre audience an up-close-and-personal account of Philadelphia native Monroe and the key moments is his upbringing that have helped build his character, sharpen his game and eventually gild him the annals of basketball as the seminal player to change the way the game is played today.

Restoration Jobs Plus is newest tenant at old Pfizer Plant

Friday, April 12, 2013
Restoration is readying for the launch of its Jobs Plus program. This 3 year initiative funded by the NYC Human Resources Administration will provide a mix of wrap around supports,financial counseling and job training/employment opportunities targeted to residents of Marcy, Lafayette Gardens and Armstrong housing. We are delighted to be one of the newest tenants in the old Pfizer plant at 630 Flushing Avenue on the 1st Floor. The program will be hiring residents from Marcy, Lafayette Gardens...

Special treats at Youth Arts Academy

Friday, April 5, 2013
This past week, the Restoration Youth Arts Academy advanced dance students received a couple of special treats. Adé Chiké Torbert (of “So You Think You Can Dance” T.V. show, Season 7 and Restoration Youth Arts Academy’s alumni) stopped by to say hello and provided a master class to the students free of charge! This was truly exciting for the students to be engaged with a former student who is actually in the professional dance arena. The very next day, Ronald K.

DanceAfrica Dance Workshop with Rujeko Dumbutshena

Friday, April 5, 2013
DanceAfrica 2013 intensive week was held at Restoration during the public school spring break. The weeklong series of workshops kept our children off the streets while providing quality time with dancing, drumming and song, visual arts and creative writing workshops. Youth Arts Academy studios were at capacity as students engaged in fun filled cultural activities to prepare them for this year's DanceAfrica visiting company, Umhathi Theatre Works from Zimbabwe.

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence at Restoration

Friday, April 5, 2013
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, the resident company of the Restoration ChoreoQuest project, invited YAA students into their rehearsal. This was an additional highlight of the week. Restoration Dance Theatre Company and students observed a segment of a new work that was featured at his recent gala at the New York Plaza Hotel. The open rehearsal engaged the students in shoptalk conversations about the professional arena, African origins in contemporary dance, and how historic events have inspired...

Courage: The Black New York Struggle for Education exhibition at Restoration's Lobby

Monday, April 1, 2013
Since the 1600s, the education of our children has been a primary objective of Black New Yorkers for three centuries. The exhibition, on loan from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black culture, covers 1636 through 2011. It captures the noble on-going quest and numerous challenges faced by educators, parents, and children in the pursuit of quality education. Contemporary leaders of this struggle include; Jitu Weusi, Reverend Milton Galamison, and then principal, now Councilman; Albert Vann...

AGAPE Exhibit Online

Friday, March 29, 2013
Check out the online gallery featuring selected works from Agape: Mario Andres Robinson Exhibition in the Skylight Gallery. Paintings are available for sale. If you are interested in purchasing his work, please contact the Skylight Gallery at 718-636-6949. Come visit the Skylight Gallery and see full exhibition. On display until May 31, 2013. Skylight Gallery Hours Wed. - Fri., 11 AM - 6 PM; Sat., 1 PM - 6 PM 

Mario Andres Robinson talks to community

Thursday, March 28, 2013
American realist painter Mario Andres Robinson captures his subjects with passion and truth. This was evident in his talk on March 9th, which was attended by an amazing group of approximately 75 people, including artists like Damali Miller and family, Xenobia Bailey, Otto

500 people, 250 youth, 30 organizations, 12 neighborhoods, 1 documentary

Thursday, March 28, 2013
The month of February concluded with a huge success for the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. With the support of the Community Transformation Grant administered by the Partnership for a Healthier New York City, 30 coalition member organizations hosted borough wide screenings of an award winning documentary ‘Soul Food Junkies.’ The screening took place in 12 Brooklyn neighborhoods, from Bushwick to Flatbush, and Fort Greene to East...

Restoration Proudly Serves Veterans

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Thanks to a new partnership between Robin Hood – New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization -- and non-profits Single Stop USA and Mission's Continues, veterans now have additional support from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and six other New York City “hubs” throughout the Borough where they can get important information and access critical social benefits.

Bed Stuy Patch- Keeping the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID Clean!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District, (BID) announced the implementation of a new sanitation program to significantly improve the cleanliness of the sidewalks and streets in the Gateway area. The BID runs along Fulton Street from Troy Avenue to Classon Avenue and across Nostrand Avenue from Halsey Street to Atlantic Avenue. The program will operate seven days a week throughout the Fulton /Nostrand corridor, where sanitation improvement is unanimously regarded as...

Breaking news for the Restoration Plaza

Friday, February 22, 2013
Breaking news for the Restoration Plaza visitor. Our convenient parking garage at Marcy and Fulton will soon be open 24 hours. Inquire witin. Call (718) 778-6419.

Bed Stuy Patch- A Movement for Healthier Lifestyles: Brooklyn Discusses Soul Food

Thursday, February 21, 2013
In Brooklyn, the movement for healthier communities started with a few grassroots organizations, and here at Restoration it started with the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn. To continue building the mass movement for healthy living, during the month of February and specifically on February 22nd, Restoration, in collaboration with over 30 Brooklyn member organizations of the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn, will screen the award winning documentary, ‘Soul Food Junkies’ by...

Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch- MARP Hosts Discussion on Healthier Lifestyles and Soul Food

Thursday, February 21, 2013
In Brooklyn, the movement for healthier communities started with a few grassroots organizations, and here at Restoration it started with the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn. To continue building the mass movement for healthy living, during the month of February and specifically on February 22nd, Restoration, in collaboration with over 30 Brooklyn member organizations of the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn, will screen the award winning documentary, ‘Soul Food Junkies’ by...

The Bed Stuy Patch- Mario Andres Robinson Brings Agape to Bed-Stuy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
On Sunday, February 17, Restoration Plaza’s Skylight Gallery debuted the masterful works of Mario Andres Robinson.The exhibit is entitled “Agape,” which in Christian theology means the love of God for humankind. This love for humanity is shown throughout Robinson’s work in his use of Realism in painting intimate and powerful portraits, close-ups of people in urban...click here to read more from Bed Stuy Patch!

Bed Stuy Patch- Stepping Out On A Dream

Saturday, January 26, 2013
On January 19, 2013, I had the pleasure of photographing hope, justice, remembrance and love through the talent of youth. The Restoration Dance Theatre Company celebrated their Sweet Sixteen through a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Kumble Theater. Under the artistic direction of Karen Thornton-Daniels and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Youth Arts Academy (YAA) staff, the youth exemplified the meaning of “the dream” by capturing the rich history of dance through...

Legal workshops at Restoration

Friday, January 25, 2013
Restoration partners with Bedford Stuyvesant Legal Services (BSLS) through our Single Stop program to provide on-one-one legal counseling and workshops, equipping individuals with legal advice and representation on legal matters. Starting this month, representatives from Bedford Stuyvesant Legal Services (BSLS) will host a series of legal workshops monthly at Restoration. Topics will include Landlord/Tenant; Immigration; Social Security; Parental Rights; Public Benefits; Tax Payer services;...

Financing College Education

Friday, January 25, 2013
As we prepare for this year's tax season, many families and high school seniors ready for college will be receiving assistance with completing their Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) applications. Completing the Federal Student Aid form has proven to be an arduous and vital task for many families of prospective college students. On January 23, 2013 from 6-9pm, Restoration, in conjunction with New York Cares, hosted a free FAFSA Completion Workshop to help with this essential step in the process...

The Bed Stuy Patch- From Sotheby's to the Skylight with Mario Andres Robinson

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Today, I stepped away from my normal administrative meetings to sit down with cultural activist Jacqui Woods, artist Che Baraka, and curator Cheryl Williams. They introduced me to Mario Robinson, an amazing portrait artist whose drawings reminded me of the 19th and early 20th century works that I might see in the Metropolitan Museum, only with more black faces. Having lived in metropolitan cities, I loved the quick glimpses of the faces and places in his paintings which captured more rural...

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