Don’t Miss Bed-Stuy’s 5th Annual STooPS Art Crawl This Weekend

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The neighborhood’s annual STooPS Art Crawl–formerly known as STooPS Bedstuy– is taking place this weekend, August 5th and 6th. The awesome event will transform the stoops throughout Bed-Stuy into stages and pop-up art installations. Expect live music, poetry, theatrical performances and plenty of visual arts from more than 20 Brooklyn-based artists. The talented group includes Aleijuan Afuraka, Babay L. Angles, Clarivel Ruiz, Lisa Sikorski​, ​Najee Omar​, students from ​the Brooklyn Music School’s Summer Vocal Arts Program ​and​ the visual arts house ​Fulton Art Fair.​ There will also be a Kiddie Korner featuring story time, mural painting and puppet-making, plus evening performances at special pop-up locations to be announced. The entire event is free and open to the public.

Getting excited? For a full lineup of artists and activities over the two-day event, just check out the Stoops website.

Help a Bed-Stuy Resident Facing Eviction

There is a fundraising campaign up to help Ms. Augusta, a longtime resident of Bed-Stuy, who was evicted from her apartment on Halsey and Thompkins this month and is now facing homelessness. Here are details about the campaign set up for her:

We are frantically pulling all resources to get Ms Augusta a room that she can afford on her own for the time being, a mover/moving truck, and a storage unit for her belongings before anything is discarded by the current property owner. We are looking to raise $1800.00, as Ms Augusta is on a tight and fixed monthly income. Any and all support will be greatly appreciated from her, and her neighbors residing in the Bedford Stuyvesant block of Halsey St between Tompkins and Throop Avenue. Thank you

Over $500 has been raised of the $1,800 goal. The fundraiser will last until Monday, July 31st, and you can donate here.

Tonight! Learn About the Central Brooklyn Food Co-Op

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The Central Brooklyn Food Co-op is a member-owned and operated food store with membership open to all, now in development under The Brooklyn Movement Center. If you’re interested, there will be a new membership orientation and general meeting this evening. The group is just starting to get the co-op up and running, so now’s the time to get involved! The meeting is taking place between 7:30 and 8:30pm at the Brooklyn Movement Center’s HQ, 375 Stuyvesant Avenue. Here are details:

On Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30pm, the Brooklyn Movement Center (375 Stuyvesant Ave) will be hosting an Orientation and General Meeting for the Central Brooklyn Food Coop. The Orientation will take place first from 6:30 to 7:30 and will be designed to introduce newly-interested people to the coop. It will include a short presentation on the history of cooperatives in Brooklyn and our mission statement.

The General Meeting will be from 7:30 to 8:30, and we will update our existing members on our progress since the last meeting.

We are especially looking for folks to get involved as organizing members; people who are interested in working on committees such as Outreach & Membership, Business Development, and Fundraising to help move the coop through its planning stages. We’ll discuss this more in-depth at the General Meeting, and later in the summer we’ll be having a follow-up meeting for all who are interested in playing a more substantial leadership role with CBFC.

New Farmers Market Opens Tomorrow at Marcus Garvey and Broadway

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Debuting tomorrow is the Woodhull Medical Center Youthmarket, a farmers market run by GrowNYC through a partnership with the New York City Health and Hospitals/Woodhull and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The market will employ local youth to help teach them small business skills and nutrition education.

This green market will stock everything from veggies, fruits, grains, honey and more. It’ll run Wednesdays between July 12th (tomorrow) and November 22nd, from 8am to 3pm. More details on the market can be found right here.

UPDATE: Due to a permitting issue, the market will actually start on July 19th

One Week Left to Support Great Journalism in Central Brooklyn

One of the most popular blog posts on the Bed-Stuy Blog was about a radio show hosted by Bed-Stuy local Corinne Bobb-Semple entitled “Feeling Like an Outsider in Your Own Neighborhood.” It was excellent work tackling gentrification from the perspective of a student who has grown up here in Bed-Stuy.

That work was supported by Brooklyn Deep, which has its headquarters on Stuyvesant Avenue. Brooklyn Deep produces a lot of excellent work tackling issues of neighborhood change and gentrification, through reporting and its Third Rail Podcast. Most importantly, it is coverage told from the perspective of residents and those most affected by these changes. As the website states, “At a moment when residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights feel vulnerable in the face of changing demographics, rising housing costs, and cultural shifts, Brooklyn Deep seeks to pull back the curtain on the policies and practices that drive gentrification.”

And now, you can support Brooklyn Deep’s excellent work via Kickstarter. It is the *final week* of fundraising, and they’re at $13,742 of a $15,000 goal. They need to hit $15,000 to get any of the donations. Please head over to the Kickstarter website to watch a video, and read more, about the necessary journalism work happening right here in the neighborhood.

Celebrate Holistic Health Day in Bed-Stuy on Sunday, June 25th

This Sunday, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Community Board 3 will be hosting a Mind, Body and Health event to celebrate Holistic Health Day. The event, in its third year, will offer community bike rides led by Assemblyman Walter Mosley, wellness activities like yoga and meditation sessions, music, free healthy food, giveaways and financial counseling seminars right at Restoration Plaza. According to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, “In an effort to encourage healthy living and cycling, this event is just one of many scheduled at Restoration Plaza for the summer months.”

Here’s the full schedule for Sunday! Register for any of the events here.

. 10:45am: Girl Talk

· 11:00 am: Farmer Brown Tha MC

· 11:00am-3:00pm: Financial Counseling Sessions

· 11:30am: Street Skills Class

· 12:00pm-3pm: DOT Helmet Giveaway

· 12:00pm: Yoga with Imani

· 1:00pm: Mental Health Seminar with Department of Justice

· 1:30pm: Run2Live Nutrition and Juicing Presentation

· 2:00pm: Iron Chef Demonstration

· 2:00pm: Mental Health in Teens Seminar

· 2:30 pm: Building Credit Workshop

· 3:00pm: 5K and 10K Bike Rides with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and Assemblyman Mosley. Participants bring their own bikes or use a Citi Bike

Photo courtesy of Restoration Plaza

This Saturday: Support the Macon Library at the Juneteenth Sidewalk Party!

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This Saturday be sure to stop by the Macon Library, at 361 Lewis Avenue. The Friend’s Group, which is now fundraising for the library, is hosting a Juneteenth Sidewalk Party. Come for food, music and vendors, and be sure to say hello to the Friend’s Group and learn about our fundraising goals. We will be hosting a raffle and all the proceeds will go toward the library’s wish list of improvements. Raffle items include gift certificates to Hart’s, a Mediterranean restaurant at 506 Franklin Avenue, Sumner Cafe, the coffee and sandwich spot at 144 Decatur Street, and Life Wellness, which offers massages and acupuncture at 376 Tompkins. OMHH Beauty Oasis has set up a beauty box to raffle off, as well. And the big ticket item available will be one free week of summer camp at Camp Bed-Stuy.

The sidewalk will be full between noon and 4pm. Inside, the branch is also hosting a family day–more details on that here. If you can’t make it, but would still like to donate to the Friend’s Group of the library, there’s an online campaign still running.