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Brownstones of Stuyvesant Heights in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn

Historic Brownstones and Lively Commercial Corridors Fill this Vast Neighborhood

How notable are the houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant? More than a thousand properties are located in the Historic District in this large community that is experiencing a rebirth.

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At a Glance

  • Famous faces: Former residents include Jay-Z, Lil' Kim, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Notorious B.I.G.
  • Namesake: Stuyvesant Avenue is named after Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of the New Netherland colony.
  • Screen time: Bed-Stuy has been a regular filming location for HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

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About Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bedford-Stuyvesant (commonly referred to as Bed-Stuy) is a large central Brooklyn neighborhood that's best known for its 19th-century brownstone blocks and its rich African-American cultural heritage. A historic district near its southern edge was expanded in 2013 and includes more than 1,200 properties. On Fulton Street, you'll find retro storefronts housing fried chicken joints and nail salons, while on Lewis Avenue, hip restaurants and coffee shops illustrate the changes underway in this Read More [+]

LIVING in Brooklyn

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5 Neighborhoods to Buy Into Now

New York is a city of distinct neighborhoods, almost all of which reinvigorate and reinvent themselves over time. Yesterday’s industrial park or underdeveloped wasteland is tomorrow’s gold coast. Read More »

Reasons for roommate discord

The 5 Most Common Causes of Roommate Discord

Because of the high cost of living in New York City, more people than you might think choose to share their apartments with roommates rather than fend for themselves financially (splitting cable and electric alone can save you $200 per month). Read More »


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How to Decorate Your Super Tiny Apartment

New Yorkers’ housing problems are not like other people’s housing problems. We don’t get to complain about a bathroom Read More »

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The Best Classes for Meeting New Yorkers

Admit it, sometimes New York can seem like a lonely place. How do you get to know anybody in such a big, fast-moving town? Well, taking one of the city’s Read More »

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