Bed-Stuy Stories: Gloria Sandiford, Advocate and Real Estate Broker

GloriaBed-Stuy Blog’s newest contributor, Mikhal Weiner, is profiling interesting residents from our community for her column, Bed-Stuy Stories. Next up is Gloria Sandiford, a community activist, Real Estate Broker at Flateau Realty Corp, and president of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Real Estate Board.

If you open Gloria Sandiford’s StreetEasy profile you’ll find yourself looking into her intelligent eyes, as they beam at the camera. Underneath, a short blurb explains that she is a “Brooklynite for Life! Community advocate and activist. Deep respect and admiration for arts & culture,” but most importantly: “My service policy: knowledge, trust, honesty, integrity & top-notch service, with a little humor!” In truth, Sandiford is all this and more. We met recently at Grandchamps, a local Bed-Stuy haven of Haitian cuisine. Sandiford walked in, shaking off an umbrella, and immediately took in the room with a warm smile. Calling the servers ‘honey’ and asking how they are, she made everyone’s day brighter.

Our conversation covered a wide swath of topics, but throughout her eclectic adventuresGloria2 one thread has remained consistent and strong: people, and the connections between them. “[The] word community encompasses so many different things,” she told me, considering the idea as she spoke, “The people, the processes, the leadership. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Schools, education, children, seniors, it’s all a part of that word community.” That’s where her passion lies, in helping the public become it’s best self, whether through advocacy, outreach, education, or simply buying groceries for an elderly neighbor.

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Local Artist Collective Presents New Exhibition in Bushwick

ED NOTE: This post is by the Bed-Stuy Blog’s newest contributor, Mikhal Weiner!

Imagine a game of telephone that uses works of art instead of a phrase or word. That’s what ArtLinks is– an ongoing collaborative project that brings together artists across disciplines and countries to create a continuous thread of innovation and artistry. The project creates a chain of pieces, each one responding to the preceding piece. Each pair or trio had ten days to create something new that responds to the work of the pair that preceded them. None of the artists had worked together in the past, and all of the works are multidisciplinary.

With 24 artists from Israel, USA, Serbia, Holland, Mexico (to name a few) who have worked together to create 10 works of art, Salomé ArtHaus is happy to present the ArtLinks 2 exhibition on Sunday, November 12th at 5pm in Bushwick. The venue, Powrplnt, is at 562 Evergreen Avenue.

Tickets are available online for $7 (purchase them here) and at the door for $10. More information is available at Salomé ArtHaus.