Happenings Around the Neighborhood

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Apologies posting has been sparse this summer — but thanks to reader Brett for calling out some happenings around our neighborhood!

*Neighborhood favorite Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe — which closed after the owner passed away — is filled with a new business. It’s now Bunny, a Turkish restaurant. Menu looks really good.

*Warude is open at 385 Tompkins, between Jefferson and Putnam. It’s serving up Japanese-style rice bowls and tacos.

*Bed Vyne Wine & Sprits has moved to 385 Tompkins Avenue, right next to Warude. The new spot for this old favorite is beautiful!

*A new crêperie bistro Madame Poupon is located at 387A Nostrand Avenue, right off Madison. From their website: “Everything is homemade from the salted caramel, Nut’ella (our own take on Nutella with only the best ingredients) fruit compotes and a carousel of new and innovative specials.” Yum.

*Seven Restaurant and Bar is open at 470 Nostrand, between Jefferson and Hancock. Here’s their soft opening menu.

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Bed Stuy Flea Runs Weekends Until August 11th

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If you missed its debut last weekend, be sure to check out the Bedstuy Flea, a “newly curated boutique inter generational shopping experience” that’s happening at 380 Tompkins Avenue every Saturday and Sunday until August 11th. The market features vendors from across the New York tri-state area — selling sustainable goods, vintage, handmade items, jewelry, wellness products, food, arts and crafts — alongside open mic performances, DJ sets and workshop events.

Here are some more details from the event organizer:

Bedstuy Flea is an initiative founded by Kemba Bloodworth, owner of The Meat Market. The Meat Market is a safe space selling unique vintage and sustainable goods. Kemba states, “by creating Bedstuy Flea our entire community can actively support a burgeoning small business corridor while financially supporting organizations that have inclusive visions for sustainability, LGBTQIA rights and equality for all.”

The eight week series will donate a portion of proceeds made from vendor participation to support the Audre Lorde Project, NAACP, and Peace Boat – all community based organizations who make a significant difference.The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area.The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Peace Boat US works to build a culture of peace around the world by connecting people across borders and creating opportunities for learning, activism and cooperation. They achieve this through programs in which people from the US and around the world participate in voyages onboard the Peace Boat. Their Japan-based partner organization and one of the most unique and creative peace-building initiatives in the world.

For more information and current updates visit bedstuyflea.com. On IG and FB, check out @bedstuyflea and @ilovemeatmarket.

Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Markets Open Tomorrow!

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Starting tomorrow, Saturday, the annual Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Markets are open at Cliton Place and Marcy Avenue. The markets come from an initiative in 2009 when community advocate Yonnette Fleming led gardeners to revitalize and reclaim an abandoned parcel used to dump toxic materials for over twenty years. The space is now beautiful, thanks to thousands of volunteer hours from the community.

The markets feature a variety of community programs, including fresh local food (of course), mixed veggie basket pickups, compost drop off, cooking demos, youth programming, food for sale, a smoothie bike, fresh eggs and food justice education.

For more information on the markets, how to volunteer, or to learn about programs like the food basket, go here.

Neighborhood News: A Tenants Rights Workshop This Week and a Scholarship Opportunity

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A few things of note in the nabe!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11th at 6:30pm, the Brooklyn Movement Center is hosting its first-ever tenant’s rights training. Here are details:

Maybe you’re a tenant whose landlord is making it more and more difficult for you to live in your Central Brooklyn apartment.

Or maybe you’ve wondered how to go about getting repairs and improvements made in your building, or whether the rent you’re paying is legal.

The Brooklyn Movement Center, in partnership with the Community Development Project, is offering a training on tenants’ right so that you can answers these questions. During this session, we’ll also discuss BMC’s early efforts to strengthen the ability of long-time Black residents to remain in Central Brooklyn, and how you can possibly play a role in building tenant power in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

It will happen at the BMC’s headquarters at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue. RSVP here.

Secondly, applications are open to graduating high school seniors in Central Brooklyn for the Elsie E. Richardson Scholarship. Here are details on that:

Elsie E. Richardson was a community activist in Bedford Stuyvesant for a number of decades. She was born in 1922 in New York, NY and following high school, where she developed secretarial skills, she put these skills to work to serve her country in Washington D.C. during WWII. Following the war she married and relocated to Brooklyn. Elsie’s involvement and activism placed her in the forefront in supporting and/or forming the following well known organizations: Crown Heights Health Center, St. John’s Recreation Center, Pratt Institute Center for Community Development, Medgar Evers College, Boys and Girls HS, Weeksville Society, and Magnolia Tree Earth Center.

Elsie, a strong supporter of education, earned her BA from Pratt Institute and her MA from the New School for Social Research. As the Co-Chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant Housing Committee in the 1960s she escorted Senator Robert F. Kennedy on a tour of the area. Following the tour upon his recommendation she formed a committee which led to the formation of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

Her tireless energy led to her employment as a Broadcaster on Medgar Evers College Radio and a position with the NYC Board of Education. Her family is paying tribute to her commitment to community by offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who meet the criteria identified below.

To check out that criteria and submit an application, go here.

New Nonprofit Playground Youth is Hosting an Art Fair This Weekend

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Playground Coffee Shop is a local community space and cafe focused on “social and conscious awareness,” according to its website. It’s located at 1114 Bedford Avenue, between Lexington and Quincy. Here are more details: “In our neighborhood, we provide a space for local activists to organize around poignant issues. In aiding the community we exist in, we not only want to alter the thinking of the community but of the entire culture.”

If you’re interested in getting involved or seeing what they’re about, there’s a chance this weekend. Playground Youth, a nonprofit associated with the cafe, is hosting an event to promote the organization’s goal to “exchange art, cultural knowledge, and strategies for healthier, safer lives.”

An art fair — “A Midsummer Playground Art Fair” — is kicking of this Saturday the 7th, featuring work by local artists. Details are listed in the flyer above.

Then, this Sunday the 8th, they’ll host a night of art, tattoos, wellness, apparel and performances. They’ll also pass out information about Playground Youth’s work. Those details are below, or you can read more here.

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UPDATED: Bedstuy Flea Kicks Off June 23rd

UPDATE: The dates of this event have been changed, and reflected in this post.

Bedstuy Flea is kicking off next weekend and for the following eight weeks! It’ll be located at 380 Tompkins Avenue, between Jefferson and Putnam. Here’s what you can expect, from the event organizers:

Eight weeks, Two days of scavenger fun – featuring over 30 vendors of sustainable goods, eclectic vintage, handmade items, jewelry, wellness products, arts and crafts, and wares from the five boroughs and beyond weekly.This curated experience is immersed within exposed brick walls opening into a whimsically garden filled with a diverse and vibrant shopping experience that will tantalite all of your senses in the heart of Bedstuy, Brooklyn. Bring your inner child out to mingle, get a tarot reading, eat, dance and shop for a good cause. Meet fellow global citizens, community members, influencers, and bloggers. Let your money make a difference! Your participation goes to support the Audre Lorde Project, NAACP, and Peace Boat – all community based organizations who make a significant difference.

It’ll go down every Saturday and Sunday between June 23rd and August 11th, between 11am and 7pm. Admission is free.

Renovated Affordable Housing Opens on Bainbridge Street


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Last Thursday, the ribbon was cut on a renovated affordable housing project at 271 and 291 Bainbridge Street. It was the work of HPD, Enterprise Community Partners, Low Income Investment Fund, NYS Housing Trust Fund and New Destiny Housing. New Destiny is a nonprofit that works with low-income families and individuals at risk of homelessness and domestic violence by connecting them to safe, permanent housing and services.

The four-building, 36-unit affordable complex got $9.4 million in upgrades. Each renovated building now contains six apartments set aside for formerly homeless families, with rents affordable to very low and low income tenants.

Renovations also included new roofs, joist replacement, new and improved lighting in hallways, masonry cleaning, new boilers, additional security cameras, renovated lobbies, new landscaping in all backyards, and new children’s play equipment. Apartment upgrades included new bath and kitchen fixtures, new appliances, floor replacements, tiling and painting. Check out the apartments below!