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Restoration Educational Manager Pursues Doctorate

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Here at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, we have great aspirations for the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. One of our goals is for everyone to have the opportunity for educational advancement. This mission is not only perpetuated through our programs such as the College Access Center, but in the lives of our employees. Most recently reflecting Restoration’s aspirations for community advancement is Sahran Hamit.

Feet in 2 Worlds- Callaloo and Collard Greens: Caribbean Women Farm Central Brooklyn

Thursday, September 4, 2014
When Dr. Melony Samuels received an urgent call to help a family in need, she brought them a few boxes of groceries from her own pantry. The calls kept coming from all over the neighborhood. That’s how Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCHA) was founded–one family at a time. Now it’s Brooklyn’s largest food pantry, with Samuels as its executive director. “Quite frankly, many of us lack access to good food,” said Dara Cooper, the director of NYC Food and...

The Brooklyn Reader- A Conversation with Colvin Grannum

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has been serving the Bedford-Stuyvesant community for nearly fifty years, providing Brooklynites with a variety of resources and services. The Brooklyn Reader recently sat down with Restoration’s President and CEO Colvin Grannum to get an overview of the organization’s current priorities and directions. Grannum was born and raised in Brooklyn, hailing from what is now called Clinton Hill.

The Brooklyn Reader- Economic Solutions, Right in your own back yard

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation sees an important part of its mission to “improve the quality of life” for those in Central Brooklyn. In this day and age it seems that there is no better way to do this than by helping people with their economic situations.Doing just that is Restoration’s Economic Solutions Center, a team devoted to helping everyone who walks through their doors.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Vocal music program at Restoration

Friday, August 29, 2014
One of our artists in residence is the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. BYC offers a weekly vocal music program at Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation on Wednesdays. Students will sing, make new friends and perform twice a year for family and friends. BYC is holding auditions for interested 7- 9 year olds (2nd - 4th grade) in the upcoming weeks to start in early- to mid-September.

Brooklyn Loves MJ: Yeah Yeah

Thursday, August 28, 2014
On Sunday, August 24 (and days before Michael Jackson's birthday August 29), thousands come out to celebrate the late iconic King of Pop with an all day dance party courtesy of filmmaker Spike Lee and 40 Acres and a Mule. The energy was palpable as the crowd danced to and crooned MJ's songs waving posters and placards with lyrics. One of day's highlights was when audience members were invited to show off their Michael Jackson dance moves.

New York Amsterdam News- Brooklyn Celebrates Michael Jackson

Thursday, August 28, 2014
On a bright and sunny Sunday, Aug. 24, filmmaker Spike Lee brought his “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson” celebration back to “Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn.” From noon to 6 p.m., in the beautifully refurbished Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza, Lee hosted “the ultimate FREE Michael Jackson outdoor dance party!” with six hours of nonstop Michael by DJ Spinna. Thousands of fans came out, many dressed up like MJ. Click here to read more from NY Amsterdam News!

Bring National Democratic Convention to NYC

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
New York City is a safe, stimulating venue for the upcoming National Democratic Convention. The areas in the vicinity of the Barclay Center and NYC's major hotels and restaurants are secure. The same is true for the vast majority of NYC neighborhoods. Destinations for arts, entertainment and dining are diverse and increasing rapidly. Creativity is flourishing in neighborhoods across every borough, and tourists are safely venturing all over the City.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration’s Evening Jazz with Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium

Monday, August 11, 2014
Applebee's "Dining to Donate" program is in effect for the Tuesday Evening Jazz series> Contact: Bob Myers Communications Director 718.467.1527

Not Just Talk Food Summit and Food Power Brunch

Saturday, August 2, 2014
On Saturday, August 2, 2014 Restoration's Dara Cooper will be speaking at the Second Annual "Not Just Talk" Food Summit in the Bronx. Dara, along with other dynamic activists will be giving a "Tanya Talk" (similar to a TED talk) discussing food justice, environmental justice and the many intersections that exist between them.

Career and Resource Fair for veterans and their families

Friday, August 1, 2014
On July 25, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation held a Career and Resource Fair for veterans and their families. Under the shade of the massive tent were various organizations, all providing the vets services which ranged from housing, educational, vocational opportunities, and job screenings.

Restoration Releases Summer Events Schedule

Monday, July 14, 2014
On July 15th, right in the heart of Fulton Street and the Bed-Stuy BID, Bedford Stuyveant Restoration Corporation’s Summer 2014: Events Series begins! Events Series 2014 brings together a host of local artists and partnerships with cultural organizations to showcase the rich heritage, arts and culture of Bedford-Stuyvesant and the surrounding communities.


Thursday, July 10, 2014
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries with leading health experts and local elected officials will moderate a free health panel breakfast and town hall meeting hosted by Healthfirst on Saturday, July 12, from 8:00am-11:30am at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. The breakfast bring together the community to share healthy tips, inspire and connect with each other and will also serve as the kickoff for the Healthfirst Health & Wellness Expo– a free health...

Ready to Learn Training

Friday, June 27, 2014
On June 4, 2014, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation organized a training in partnership with Scholastic Books and several community organizations in Brooklyn to focus attention on the importance of early reading and nutrition on child development and school readiness. The Ready to Learn training offered a full-day workshop on early literacy and family engagement to staff from daycares, Head Starts, and elementary schools throughout Brooklyn.


Friday, June 27, 2014
A lively energy filled the Skylight Gallery of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza on Wednesday evening. An intimate crowd had gathered at the Gallery to see Ed Lewis, former chairman and a co-founder of Essence Magazine, at the signing of his new book, “The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women,” Ed Lewis’s take on the history of Essence Magazine. The first issue of Essence was published in May 1970, and now it has grown to more than one million...


Wednesday, June 18, 2014
In 1969, 28-year-old Bronx native Ed Lewis and three other young black entrepreneurs set out to found a uniquely black business: a magazine for black women. That magazine turned out to be Essence Magazine, which launched with a print run of 50,000. Today, the iconic print publication reaches more than 8 million readers around the world and was acquired by Time Inc.

The Brooklyn Reader- FACE TIME: SOL SAX

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
“The Congo has a tradition of power figures called Nkisi literally, medicine from heaven, medicine brought from heaven by a Mojo which means a soul from Heaven.

Brooklyn Daily- Shout-out to EmblemHealth

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Hip, hip, hooray to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Camba, Haitian-American Community Coalition, Diaspora Community Services, Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need, and Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center for receiving the Commitment to Care Award from EmblemHealth at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The laurel recognized nonprofit organizations for their commitment to providing care, services and support to Brooklynites and other New Yorkers. On hand...

Restoration Wins Data-Driven Provider Award

Monday, May 19, 2014
Earlier this year, Restoration was one of the winners of the 2013 Data-Driven Provider Awards, recognizing providers of the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity that improve services for low-income New Yorkers through data-driven decision-making. The award celebrates both robust data collection and high performance that met or exceeded program targets during the period of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.