Janice Rodman

I am deeply saddened that we have lost our friend and upstanding community member, Janice Rodman, who passed away this week. Personally, this one really hurts. My little girls have grown up at the Y, where Janice gave them candy at every visit and gifts at every holiday. She always thought of the kids first. Janice contributed warmth and energy to the Y. Her greetings were a simple, but wonderful addition to every weekend. Janice was truly part of the character of the Y and she will be missed by many. @bedstuyy

Condo In Contract

We are so grateful to our wonderful sponsor, Nadia Bartolucci! Not only has she sponsored Bed-Stuy Local, but she also sold our condo.

I can honestly, with all sincerity, say that Nadia is top notch – the best real estate agent that we’ve ever worked with. If you have any real estate needs, I highly recommend that you reach out! You will not be disappointed.

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Retail in Bed-Stuy – The North/South Avenues

In Bed-Stuy, there are strips with retail that you should know about. Each strip offers a different vibe, different restaurants and bars, and different amenities.


Since Classon is technically the boarder, I’m not sure whether it is considered Bed-Stuy or Clinton Hill. Classon doesn’t have a ton of retail on it, but it has a few gems.

  • Speedy Romeo pizzeria – excellent pizza and food
  • Clementine – vegan bakery
  • Tailor Made, a small Jamaican eatery


  • G train at Lafayette


Franklin, like Classon, doesn’t have a ton of retail, but it has a few pockets.


  • Daily Press (coffee shop)
  • Hart’s – high-end, modern cuisine
  • Golda Kitchen (coffee and restaurant)
  • Calaca (sit down Mexican + Mezcal just off Franklin)
  • Nice Pizza (name says it all)
  • Chilo’s (outdoor taco truck and indoor bar)


  • Diamond Reef (bar with nice patio on Atlantic)\
  • Glorieta Baldy (basic bar)
  • Tip Top bar and grill (dive bar)
  • The Holler (NOLA kitsch)
  • Come on Everybody (Bar/Club)


  • Bondi Wine – (nice French-owned wine store)


  • C train at Fulton


Bedford has a great vibe, and just by the amount of construction, you can see how quickly it is changing. You could probably lump Franklin into the Bedford strip as well since it is only a short block away and has a similar feeling and style as Bedford.

On Bedford, we’ve got great restaurants like:

  • Swell Dive – Filipino tacos and surfer vibe
  • Pilar – Cuban eatery (beer and wine)
  • Black Swan – American
  • Tilly’s – Southern (+live music)
  • Baron’s (on Dekalb just off Bedford)


  • Do or Dive – cheap beer, dive bar
  • Dynaco – speakeasy, dark, cocktails
  • Brooklyn House of Comedy – name says it all


  • The Bedstuy Y (everyone should become a member)
  • Anglmid century furniture shop (great stuff and nicest owners)
  • City acupuncture (and massages)
  • Atlas wines and spirits
  • The Bishop – art gallery
  • Sanctuary – art gallery just off Bedfor


  • G train at Lafayette



  • Captain Dan’s Good Times Tavern – local resto-pub
  • Lucha Lucha – tacos
  • The Corners – bar
  • Angela’s – Caribbean
  • Sistas’ Place – coffee shop
  • Madame Poupon – French crepes
  • Bunny’s – casual eatery


  • A/C trains at Fulton
  • G train at Lafayette


  • Not a ton of retail on March, but a couple of cute coffee shops.
  • Doctor’s Cave Cafe
  • Cozy Coffee


Tompkins feels like it has the most authentic vibe in Bed-Stuy. It exudes proud local businesses, skewing towards art and creativity.


  • Peaches Hothouse – amazing fried chicken
  • Eugene and Company – contemporary restaurant
  • Nagle’s Bagels – bagels
  • kleinberg’s – contemporary
  • WARUDE – Japanese – taco fusion
  • Po’mi – Po boy / bahn mi sandwiches
  • Brown Butter Bar and Kitchen – coffee and biscuits


  • The Narativ – Concept store (fashion)
  • peace and RIOT – home and more
  • Bed-Vyne Wine and Spirits
  • Make Manifest – boutique
  • Meat Market – thrift shop
  • Chicky’s – general food provisions
  • Calabar Imports – African fashion, art gallery and more


Like Marcy, not a ton of retail on Throop

  • Anchor Coffee
  • Fish & Chips
  • Zion Gallery – art gallery just off of Throop


  • C train at Fulton

Marcus Garvey

  • Tepache – tacos, mexican
  • TreeHouse BK – bar and food
  • Sumner Wine BarBrown Sugar – Cajun comfort food
  • Pelican – bar
  • Fermento – Italian vegan eatery & coffee
  • Richard Beavers Gallery – art gallery


  • LunAtico – popular jazz and cocktail bar
  • Saraghina – fresh, homemade pasta and pizza
  • Peaches – the original establishment


  • Mama Fox – american


  • A/C at Fulton

Malcolm X


  • Chez Oscar – French Brasserie. Think Moroccan inspired French and fun, casual atmosphere
  • l’Antagoniste – Also French
  • Zabka Coffee – coffee and perogies
  • Nana Ramen
  • Trad Room
  • Cheri’s Bed-Stuy – comfort soul food


  • Casablanca cocktail lounge


  • J at Kosciusko

Congrats to our wonderful sponsor!!

Congratulations to our wonderful sponsor of Nadia and Rachel for a huge accomplishment – “6th year in a ROW πŸ₯‚πŸ’₯πŸ™ˆ Pinnacle Award Recipients – The highest achievable category at Douglas Elliman – NYC’s #1 Brokerage! In gratitude to our irreplaceable clients, friends and family for your continued trust & support- you are in the best of care always!”

5 Things to do in Bed-Stuy This Weekend (2-8-2019)

There is a ton going on in Bed-Stuy this weekend. So much more than I can fit on this list! Stay local this weekend, and enjoy the many activities. 

  1. Friday 6-8pm – Opening of the Black History Exhibit @ The Bed-Stuy YMCA
  2. Friday 6-8pm – Jonathan Hayden #NYFW Pop-Up @ The Narativ
  3. Saturday – Celebrate Bedford Hill Coffee Bar’s Last Day
  4. Saturday 2-6pm – Ivory B Love Pop-Up w Music by Stephanie Be @ Brooklyn Tea
  5. Sunday 3pm – Women’s Poetry Workshop @ Playground Coffee Shop

5 Things to do in Bed-Stuy This Weekend (Jan 31, 2019)

Good thing the weather is warming up this weekend because there are some great things going on in Bed-Stuy!

1. Friday Night 7-10pm – The Sewing Bar (Sip & Sew) @ Make Manifest

2. Saturday 2pm – Tables + Tea w/ DJ Monday Blue @ Brooklyn Tea

3. Sunday 4:30pm – Therapeutic Drum & Movement Circles @ TumbleWeed Gen Store ($15)

4. Sunday 6pm (party starts at 3) – Kimmy’s Super Bowl Birthday Party @ Cheri’s ($20)

5. Sunday 6pm – Super Bowl Party w/ 6 screens, $5 tacos, $5 32oz High Life @ Black Swa

Top 5 Venues for Live Music in Bed-Stuy

Bed-Stuy Live Music Venues

There is nothing quite like live music, and we have some of the best character establishments right here in Bed-Stuy. Here are a few of the best places to catch a live show in Bed-Stuy.



LunAtico is a Jazz club that everyone in (and out of) the neighborhood needs to check out. They have live music almost every night, and a Gospel brunch on the weekends. They bring in many different bands, have a full calendar, and they take their music very seriously. It is an intimate venue, so you will be close to the music, and the atmosphere is always vibrant. LunAtico exudes character, and is one of the best bars in Bed-Stuy. For quality, live music, LunAtico is a must.



Tilly’s is an upscale Carribean restaurant that often has live music to complement the cuisine. It is a large space and the band plays on an elevated stage. When we went, the three-piece band had a soulful vibe with amazing vocals that resonated through the whole restaurant. Tilly’s is great for date night, especially if you want that extra component of live music.

C’mon Everybody

Photo: Lauren Silberman

If it is a club/DJ vibe that you are looking for, C’mon Everybody is the place for you. They bring many different acts that you can find on Eventbrite, some free and some with a small cover charge. They have a front room with a bar, and then the main back room, where the DJ plays and the party thrives. If you are looking for a booze-filled fun night where anything goes, check out the very inclusive C’mon Everybody.

Casablanca Cocktail Lounge

Photo of Casablanca Cocktail Lounge - Brooklyn, NY, United States. Casablanca sign

The Casablanca Cocktail Lounge has a very cool vibe and decor that has recently been revamped. It’s got an industrial feel and is a great place to grab a drink and hang out late night. They have different DJs who bring different sounds and add variety to Casablanca. It is a great place to head after having dinner at nearby Chez Oscar.

Community Gardens

Last but certainly not least are our community gardens in Bed-Stuy. Often times in the summer, if you happen to be walking by on the weekend, you will be drawn in by live music and a crowd. The music is great, the crowd is always happy, and it just makes life slow down a little. It is so nice to stop what you are doing, step into a community garden, and appreciate your neighbors.