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.

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“Wealth Building Wednesday” Series Launches Today

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is kicking off its “Wealth Building Wednesdays” series with a lineup of personal finance speakers. They will be talking about growing savings, reducing debt, improving credit scores, saving for college or home buying, asset building, and more. It’s an initiative of Restoration’s Economic Solutions Center, which is working to reduce the racial wealth gap in Central Brooklyn.

The kickoff event–happening tonight at 7pm!–will be “Money Talks: Are You Listening?” presented by Vanessa A. Lindley, CEO of The Lindley Consulting Group LLC. Then next Wednesday, May 16th, Restoration will host a speaker on “Zero Balance Budgeting.”

Follow the events over at Restoration’s calendar, where you can also RSVP for Wealth Building Wednesday talks. You can also call the Economic Solutions Center at 718-636-6994 for info.

First Full Production for the Newly Renovated Billie Holiday Theatre Opens This Month

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The newly-renovated Billie Holiday Theatre is launching its 46th season this month with the production of The Old Settler, which was written by Brooklyn-born playwright John Henry Redwood and features veteran performers of the theater like Pauletta Pearson Washington (of Two Trains Running, Autumn), Denise Burse (Brownsville Song: b side for Trey, House of Payne, Black Mirror, Greenleaf), and Warner Miller (Luke Cage). The team is joined by newcomer and Juilliard graduate Maechi Aharanwa (of An Octoroon). Here’s the synopsis offered by the theater:

Set in 1943 Harlem, The Old Settler focuses on two sisters’ struggle to afford their rising rent. Faced with a choice between giving up their apartment and renting out their extra room to a stranger, they decide to take a chance on a boarder, newly arrived from the South. In equal measures funny and poignant, The Old Settler is a glimpse into the heart of an American City.

The Old Settler will run from October 20th to November 19th of this year. Tickets are available at TheBillieHoliday.org. Subscriptions to the 2017-2018 season are also on sale by calling 718-636-6995 or by visiting the website.

The Billie Holiday Theatre (aka The Billie) was founded in 1972 by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and showcases works by and about people of African descent, with three to four productions annually. It’s located at 1368 Fulton Street, between Marcy and Tompkins.

The Annual Cycling Circuit, Scheduled for This Month, Raises Money to Combat Health Disparities

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The Brooklyn-based collective LifeCycle Biking has partnered with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation to kick off its yearly meditation and bicycling event. The event, scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd, will begin with a collective meditation, followed by 15, 31, or 62 mile guided rides through Brooklyn and Queens. Participants will then return for a complimentary “Wellness Wrap Up,” with music, food and yoga instruction.

All the funds raised through the event will go toward program development to improve access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity, with a focus on Central Brooklyn.

This year’s goal is to host 100 riders and raise $10,000. There’s also a “Sponsor a Saddle” option, which enables donors to purchase a registration slot for a low-income rider who is unable to make a financial contribution.

LifeCycle Biking is currently seeking participants, donors, sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested in supporting LifeCycle Biking and The Annual Cycling Circuit, just shoot an email to hello@lifecyclebiking.com, or go here. Happy riding!

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