News From Around Bed-Stuy

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*Some tense signage appeared on the former Rabbit Moon storefront at 334 Marcus Garvey Boulevard. The cafe closed last year and is now up for rent again. I heard they got booted after the landlord jacked the rent–a story that this sign certainly supports.

*Down the block, on the corner of Putnam and Marcus Garvey, pizza spot Bravi Ragazzi Pizzeria is moving into the old sports bar. The pizzeria is from South London (hmmmm) and serves Neapolitan style.

*Cakeboi Shop is now open at 624 Throop Avenue, right outside of the Kingston/Throop subway. The space used to be a hair salon. The cake looks amazing!

*A gigantic Bed-Stuy rental is planned for 553-569 Marcy Avenue, 833-869 Myrtle Avenue and 90-134 Stockton Street. According to The Real Deal, the “340,000-square-foot complex would include two 10-story buildings, one nine-story building, one eight-story building and three six-story buildings. The inclusion of a 20,000-square-foot supermarket allowed the developer to expand the residential component by that much space through a city incentive.” The first three buildings are expected to be complete in the next six to eight months and the rest of the project should wrap by the end of 2018.

And get this: the developers plan to ask between $1 million and $2 million for the majority of all 301 apartments! Holy cow.

*Finally, don’t miss this Brokelyn interview about a new documentary now in the works: The Scooter Cops of Bed-Stuy. The doc will chronicle two beloved beat cops, Joe Willins and Kenny Kaufman, who “used their relationships with the community to make the 78th a safer neighborhood for all — and without once firing either of their guns in their 20 years of service.”

This Week: Local Art Auction at Kava Shteeble

Kava Shteeble, art auction

Coming up on Thursday, February 23rd, the local art collective Salomé ArtHaus is hosting an art auction at Kava Shteeble, a cafe located at 94 Ralph Avenue. Through the event, Salomé ArtHaus hopes to “create a platform for people to purchase art by local artists in the neighborhood.” I’m all in support of that. If you are too, you should attend the auction this week, which is coinciding with the cafe’s Kava Musik night. The evening will include performances by local singers Eleni Arapoglou and Shilpa Ananth, followed by a silent auction of the works on display at Kava Shteeble right now.

Also, there’s another Salomé ArtHaus event to look forward to next month, on March 31st. The group paired over 20 artists of varying disciplines to create a chain of art–meaning that each pair created a piece that was inspired by the work of the preceding link in the chain. These works will premier at a gallery in Bed-Stuy on March 31st. Stay tuned for more details!

Over the Last Year, Bed-Stuy Made the Most 311 Reports in City

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The real estate website Trulia ran an article recently about What Locals Hate. One biggie: noise. (But I thought that came with the package of living in NYC?) Anyway, Trulia looked at a year’s worth of 311 complaints and compiled its findings into several interactive heat maps which you can see an example of above. The website found that loud music and parties make up more than half of the 311 reports for noise in New York City. Furthermore, both Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem contributed to the highest number of 311 calls in the last year. Trulia also discovered that New Yorkers are more likely to complain when their building does not have heat or hot water–a legal right we all have here in the city. Callers also like to call about blocked driveways and street conditions.

Bed-Stuy New Development Round Up

the Dekalb, 740 Dekalb

Take a look: these are some new Bed-Stuy developments that have hit the market in the past week or so. Feel free to debate the insanity of prices in the comment section.

The Dekalb (pictured above)
Location: 740 Dekalb Avenue, between Tompkins and Marcy
Details: 37-unit luxury rental in a new building
Amenities: Landscaped roof deck, virtual doorman system, bike storage, fitness center, resident lounge, billiard room, laundry room, package room and on-site parking
Pricing: One- and two-bedroom no fee apartments start from $2,200/month

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Gates Condos
Location: 368-370 Gates Avenue, between Nostrand and Bedford
Details: Eight-unit condo in a new brick building. All units have two bedrooms
Amenities: Each apartment comes with a large storage unit and has access to a shared roof deck
Pricing: Four units are up for sale and start at $999,000

415 Herkimer Street, 415 Herkimer, Ideal Properties

419 Herkimer
Location: 415 Herkimer Street, between Kingston and Albany
Details: A small condo apartments in a new construction building. Many apartments are duplexes, while some come with balconies and private outdoor spaces
Amenities: 15-year tax abatement, onsite bicycle storage, laundry room and video intercom. The penthouse apartment comes with a private roof deck space
Pricing: A one-bedroom, one bathroom apartment starts at $499,000

Bed-Stuy Organization Hopes to Raise $25K to Empower Youth

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Here’s a worthy cause for donation, and it’s doing good right here in our neighborhood. Empowering Ourselves, Inc. is a non-profit based in Bed-Stuy with a mission is to empower at-risk youth, reduce violence, and encourage young people to engage with their community differently through youth programs. To that effect, Empowering Ourselves recently launched a fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $25,000 for summer programming. The program they are funding is known as the “Summer Enrichment Academy: Empowering Youth to Succeed,” and it has helped kids improve their academic performance, learn life-skills and facilitate healthy social and emotional development. If the full $25K is raised, the organization can expand the 2017 Summer Enrichment Academy from 3.5 weeks to six weeks. Any extra donations would help fund the 2017-18 school year.

To read more about the program, the budget, the goals and accomplishments of Empowering Ourselves–and most importantly TO DONATE!–please check out the Indigogo Campaign. So far the campaign has brought in a little over $4,000.

New Yoga Studio Is Open on Lewis Avenue, With a Grand Opening Party Next Sunday

Namastuy, Bed-Stuy yoga, 325 Lewis Avenue

Last week I snapped a photo of a yoga studio slated to open at 325 Lewis Avenue, between Jefferson and Hancock. That was soon followed by an email from Lisa Scholtz, the founder of the the new establishment, Namastuy Healing Collective. A full class schedule has already kicked off ahead of the studio’s grand opening on Sunday, February 12th. According to Lisa, offerings include “various types of yoga classes including Vinyasa, Rest and Restore, Fundamentals Flow and Power Vinyasa… taught seven days a week.” There will also be a full range of massage services, as well as nutrition, health, meditation and yoga workshops to come.

For the grand opening–happening next week between 3 and 7pm–you can stop by for “afternoon mimosas, commUNITY building, and the unveiling of a new exhibit – ‘Asana’ – by painter and designer Luciano Fontanez, our next featured artist.” Namastuy will also be giving out vouchers for fifty free yoga classes.

Check out the schedule here. Drop-in classes cost $18, but there are also donation-based classes a few times a week that offer a sliding scale between $8 and $18. New students can also get two weeks of unlimited classes for $30.

Check out a few more photos of the studio

The Fulton Ale House Sports Bar Soft Opens Tomorrow Night

Fulton Ale House,  1446 Fulton Street

If you don’t have plans this Friday night be sure to stop by the Fulton Ale House, soft opening tomorrow at 5pm. (Here’s the Facebook event.) The new sports bar is located at 1446 Fulton Street, near Tompkins. The bar will be headed by Jimmy Grimason, the owner of Highbury Pub on Cortelyou Road. This location will have beer, cocktails, and television screens to watch games. In the summertime, the 1,000-square-foot outdoor space will host pop-up food vendors. (Summer, where are you?) At least the interior looks cozy to enjoy a beer while the weather’s cold.