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

Trulia, bed-stuy noise

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

gates-condos-bed-stuy

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

empower-bed-stuy

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.

A Sad Goodbye to Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe

Ms. Dahlia's Cafe, Ms. Dahlia's Cafe closed

One of the best spots to get a coffee and breakfast in the neighborhood has been closed for at least a month now. We noticed the shuttered storefront at Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe–located at 449 Nostrand Avenue–and a tipster recently got in touch to report they believe the owner has passed away. (Here’s a profile of the owner, Margo Lewis, and how she made those amazing biscuits.) If you know more details about the closure, please leave them in the comment section. Ms. Dahlia’s was such a lovely, welcoming spot and a longstanding small business in Bed-Stuy. It’s terrible to say goodbye.

Photo via Yelp

Friends of Macon Library Meeting Is Tonight

Macon Library, Macon Friends

This evening the Macon Library will hold its second meeting of the year for all those interested in becoming a friend and advocate of the branch. Here are details from Ellen Weaver, the children’s librarian, when the 2017 friends group launched earlier this year:

This meeting is for anyone interested in advocating, engaging, supporting, and fundraising for your local branch! This is a great way to get involved in your local community and meet new people. Our goal is to gather a diverse and multigenerational group of volunteers who are dedicated to making positive changes in the library and help it reflect the vibrant community of Bed-Stuy. All are welcomed and please invite your friends. We look forward to seeing you at the library!

The library is located at 361 Lewis Avenue, on the corner of Macon.