Bed Stuy in the News This Week

Happening today! It may be rainy but try to check out Bed Stuy’s first Saturday Art Walk, which starts at noon and lasts until 9pm. There are eight participating galleries throughout the neighborhood. If you can’t make it today, the event will happen on the first Saturday of every month through October.

We’re getting a French wine bar in the old Celestino space. Brownstoner reports that the owner of Cafe Lafayette, in Fort Greene, will call it Stuy Restaurant and serve wine, salads, paninis and cheese plates.

More news from Brownstoner: a new construction condo at 353 Jefferson Avenue has hit the market with prices ranging from $899,000 to $1,150,000 (some real estate advice: don’t pay that much to live in a condo in Bed Stuy. Just don’t.) And the Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on designating the proposed Bedford Historic District within the next year. The district includes about 800 buildings in the western part of Bed Stuy, between Bedford and Tompkins.

Back in March, the luxury developer Bushburg Properties purchased the affordable housing development at 1711 Fulton Street, which is just off the Utica A stop. They paid $38 million, probably because the building’s Mitchell-Lama obligations will be up for renewal this year and Bushburg won’t have to maintain the affordable units. Now Gothamist is reporting that the developers fired nine of the building’s maintenance workers, “who saw their healthcare and pensions nullified and their hourly wages slashed from $22 to $12.”

Gothamist also has a video — which I didn’t watch — of a gunman opening fire in front near Malcolm X Boulevard near Halsey Street in broad daylight. He missed his intended target and instead hit a bystander, who made it to the hospital in stable condition.

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