Renovated Affordable Housing Opens on Bainbridge Street


Photo by Ben Gabbe

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!

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Pop-Up Exhibit Happening This Friday at The Malcolm

Carlos Mateu, Art De Coeur

This Friday between 7 and 11pm, a pop-up art exhibit will be on view at The Malcolm, located at 106 Malcolm X Boulevard between Greene and Lexington. The show, “Pop Geometric” is by the artist Carlos Mateu. Here are more details on Carlos:

Carlos Mateu calls his art style “geometric realism”. His paintings fuse elements of cubism with realism, using straight lines and perspective to create a geometric and three-dimensional effect, while subtly deforming the images. Intense colors of acrylic are applied in layers like silkscreen, creating clean and precise divisions between tones, textured further with oil pastel. His subject matter incorporates surrealism and mysticism to reflect the Afro Cuban life and religions, memories of Cuba, his life in the United States and his own creative perspective on the world around him.

The event is being hosted by Art du coeur, which represents both emerging and established artists and shows their work in various venues around New York City.

Atlanta Celebration at Bed-Vyne Brew This Weekend

This Saturday, June 2nd, there will be a a celebration of all things Atlanta at our local beer and wine bar Bed-Vyne Brew. The bar’s regular DJs will be playing tons of music from the ATL, including favorites like Outkast. Also, Atlanta’s craft beer king, Sweetwater, will be doing a tap takeover. Expect new beers alongside merch giveaways and prizes.

Interested? The tap takeover is from 4pm to 9pm and there’s no cover.

DanceAfrica Kickoff Happening This Saturday at Bed-Stuy at Restoration Plaza

This Saturday marks a pre-opening celebration of a 21-Year Partnership between Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and BAM’s DanceAfrica program. Check out the event this Saturday, May 19th, between 10am and 3pm at Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street). This year the theme focuses on “Living Your Best Life,” and there will be artisans, healthy living vendors, dance classes, music, yoga and performances by RestoratonART’s Youth Arts Academy.

According to the event press release, “Midway into the day, the DanceAfrica Council of Elders will pay homage to the ancestors with a procession throughout the campus of Restoration with community leaders and members. All are welcomed to participate.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more details, check out the Facebook event.

Zaca Cafe Opens Tonight in Former Jeffrey’s Spot

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This evening, get ready to welcome a new business to Marcus Garvey Boulevard, a stretch that’s seen some openings as of late. The great commercial space once occupied by Jeffrey’s is now home to Zaca Cafe. The location is 426 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, between Macon and MacDonough. The owner is chef Inoussa Campaore, who you can read more about here. Inoussa immigrated to Brooklyn from Burkina Faso and worked his way up from dishwasher at Clinton Hill’s Choice Market. Here are some more details:

After a long year of planning and hard work, Inoussa is opening the doors of Zaca Cafe in Bed Stuy this Friday, 5/11 from 4-8pm. [Facebook event here.] Having spent the last 10 years as head chef at Choice Market in Clinton Hill, we’re excited to have his menu in the neighborhood. Stop by if you can to give his menu a try.

The name “Zaca” means “house” in Moore, one of the common spoken languages in Burkina Faso. It’s also a reference to Zaca Restaurant, a restaurant in Burkina Faso which played live music every night. Can’t wait to try it out!

Photo via Facebook

Open Houses Kicking Off for the Urban Dove Team Charter High School

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A local charter school for high-school students is kicking off open house events this Friday, May 4th. The Urban Dove Team Charter High School, according to its website, “energizes at-risk students through a program consisting of sports, health and fitness that focuses on developing teamwork, healthy competition and self-confidence for academic and life success.” The school accepts students 16 and younger with eight core credits or less. The charter also accepts under-credited students who may have not made it through the 9th grade.

The open houses are a chance for potential students and parents to tour the school, talk with teachers and get a feel for the environment. (The students can also bring in their transcript or an IEP, if applicable.) Open houses will be held every Friday between 2:30 and 4pm, just call the school at the number listed above to schedule a visit.

Also, on Saturday, June 2nd, the school will host “Dove Day,” a community fair that’s open to the public. There will be health screenings, a basketball tournament, dunking tank, rock climbing, a student talent show and more. Urban Dove will also set up a recruitment table for families to sign up. That’s happening at Banneker Playground (Lafayette and Marcy) between 12 and 4pm.

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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.

Click through for interior photos and more details!

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