Speakeasy-Style Cocktail Bar Now Open on Marcus Garvey Boulevard

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The owner of Clinton Hill bar Hot Bird has opened a speakeasy-style cocktail bar called Pelican at 382 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, on the corner of Hancock. The owner, who lives in the neighborhood, designed much of the bar himself over a two-year period. There’s a small bar–only four seats–accompanied by cozy seating nooks and a big window looking out onto the street. It’s still in soft-opening mode (and accepting cash only), but more artwork and decor will go up in the coming weeks.

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“Wealth Building Wednesday” Series Launches Today

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is kicking off its “Wealth Building Wednesdays” series with a lineup of personal finance speakers. They will be talking about growing savings, reducing debt, improving credit scores, saving for college or home buying, asset building, and more. It’s an initiative of Restoration’s Economic Solutions Center, which is working to reduce the racial wealth gap in Central Brooklyn.

The kickoff event–happening tonight at 7pm!–will be “Money Talks: Are You Listening?” presented by Vanessa A. Lindley, CEO of The Lindley Consulting Group LLC. Then next Wednesday, May 16th, Restoration will host a speaker on “Zero Balance Budgeting.”

Follow the events over at Restoration’s calendar, where you can also RSVP for Wealth Building Wednesday talks. You can also call the Economic Solutions Center at 718-636-6994 for info.

Don’t Forget to Vote for Particpatory Budgeting!

Bed-Stuy residents represented by Council Member Cornegy have until April 15th to vote on participatory budgeting proposals. Nine proposals address improvements in parks, schools, street safety, public housing and more. Go here to read what’s on the ballot and stay tuned for polling places. Or–and this means you have no excuse not to vote–you can do it online! The process is simple and quick. You must be at least 11 years old or at least in the sixth grade and live in the district. Eligible voters must sign an affidavit to confirm age and residency.

Pop-Up Gallery, Featuring the Exhibit “Haiti tran•scend” Opens This Friday

This Friday, the pop-up art gallery “Haiti tran•scend” is debuting at The Malcolm, located at 106 Malcolm X Boulevard between Lexington and Greene. Two Brooklyn artists will be featured in the group show. Jerry Mc Georges, a traditional landscape and portrait artist, is from Haiti and his work depicts everyday life in the Caribbean. (He’s also an alumni of Boys and Girls High School.) Florine Demosthene, born in the United States and raised between Port-au-Prince and New York, has work at the University of South Africa and the Lowe Museum of Art of Miami.

The opening reception of the show is free, and will be held this Friday, March 16th from 7 to 10pm. Find event details here.

CB3 Will Hear Proposal to Add Five-Story Apartment Behind the Stuyvesant Heights Mansion

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It’s hard to miss the freestanding Stuyvesant Heights Mansion, at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue, given its stately presence and large lot. (Read about the building’s incredible history here.) Now, renderings have surfaced for a proposal to erect a five-story apartment building at the back of the property. The property once held a stable house used by Bread Love as a cafe, but it was destroyed in 2014 due to a fire. DXA Studio first applied for permits to build the separate 7,386 square-foot structure, to be divided among seven units, last summer.

Now the actual design proposal will be presented to Community Board Three’s Landmarks Committee. Their meeting will be held at CB3’s board office, on the second floor of 1360 Fulton Street, this upcoming Monday February 12th at 6:30pm. The meeting is open to the public, and board members will have the opportunity to voice either concern or support of the proposal. After that, DXA Studio will need approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission before moving ahead with construction. Below, an image of the site as it currently looks.

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Images via DXA Studio

Marcy Library Reopened This Week After an 18-Month Renovation

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Earlier this week Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. joined the Brooklyn Public Library to celebrate the re-opening of Marcy Library, located right off Dekalb. The branch had been closed for 18 months. During that time, there was a $1.5 million renovation to install a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. On top of that, the BPL refreshed and modernized the library with paint, new tables, chairs and shelving, additional computers, enhanced lighting and signage. There’s also a modernized children’s area with new furniture and an interactive activity wall.

According to the BPL, over the next 10 years one third of BPL’s system (including Marcy Library) will have been rebuilt or renovated.

Councilman Cornegy, who kicked off the re-opening celebration by reading a story to kindergarten and first grade classes from PS 54, called the Marcy Library “a great resource to the people of Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights for over 100 years,” adding, “It was important to me to ensure the funding necessary to make these upgrades was provided. I am extremely pleased to see it reopened today with improved facilities and even more tools to facilitate learning.”

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Photos by Fritzi Bodenheimer for BPL

Whose Your Landlord is Hosting a Speed Roomating Event This Thursday

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The landlord review site Whose Your Landlord, which just happens to be a start-up based in Bed-Stuy, is hosting an event this Thursday for folks hopeful to find roommates and meet other renters in the neighborhood.

The company’s Speed Roomating event is designed to “Meet other young renters in Brooklyn; Make new friends and meet your next roommate; Get your rental questions answered; Sip on wine and craft drinks; Enjoy the amazing foods by Chef Day.” It’s happening this Thursday, from 6:30pm to 9pm, and the location (which will be local) will be revealed upon RSVPing. Tickets just cost $7.

Interested? You can RSVP and buy your tickets here!