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Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

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Editors Rating (2.5 stars out of 5)
5.2 Overall
Average Rent Prices 5
Public transportation 6
Schools 5
Lifestyle 6
Crime 4

Similar to other parts of Brooklyn like Bushwick, Greenpoint and Jackson Heights; Bedford Stuyvesant (or Bed-Stuy) is experiencing an influx of young professionals and artists.

As one of the larger neighborhoods in the Borough, Bed-Stuy is subdivided into smaller neighborhoods--Stuyvesant Heights and Ocean Hill.

Rapid gentrification is taking effect and demographics are indeed changing.

The neighborhood is has gone from hip-hop to hipsters and high prices in a matter of years.

This historically black community is now experiencing a change in ambiance with rising real estate prices and its very first Starbucks.

Centrally located, it is surrounded by Crown Heights and Brownsville to the south, Bushwick to the north, Clinton Hill to the west and East New York to the east.

More Manhattan and Brooklyn residents living in pricier areas are discovering the unique architectural significance to the brownstones and townhouses.

In fact, the city voted to designate over 800 Renaissance revival style row houses and Neo-Grec brownstones as a historical district.

Preservationists have helped to keep Bed-Stuy one of the most picturesque communities in Brooklyn.

Fun Fact: The neighborhood is home to many hip-hop stars like Jay-Z, Mos Def, Kid Cudi and Biggie Smalls who all incorporated the experiences of growing up in Bed-Stuy in their lyrics.

Average Rental and Sales Prices

As one of the most gentrifying areas in the United States, real estate in Bed-Stuy is experiencing tremendous growth.

Along with gentrification comes an influx of new rental and condo projects.

Luxury rentals and condo developments will be located on the more popular areas like: Bedford Ave, Fulton St and Lexington Ave (just to name a few).

In other parts of the neighborhood, residents enjoy elegant historical brownstones and Victorian architecture.

Due to the abundance of historic housing, the market for co-ops is limited.

Here are the current average rental and sales prices in the neighborhood:

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom
$1,836$2,129$2,454$2,930

Public Transportation

Central Bed-Stuy does lack in public transportation options since most trains are located on the borders of the neighborhood.

Due to this, many of the stations are more spread out than other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

For those living in the middle of the neighborhood, a network of bus routes and local stops are available.

For those lucky enough to live in walking distance to a main subway line, it is 10 stops and about a 45 minute commute to midtown on the A and C trains.

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • S

    Shuttles

  • A C

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • G

    IND Crosstown Line

Buses

BusLocation
B52Gates Av/Throop Av
B43Throop Av/Gates Av
B44Nostrand Av/Lafayette Av
B47Ralph Av/Av L
B38Lafayette Av/Nostrand Av
BM1,2,3,4Ralph Av/Av L

Bikes and Bike Safety

With poor public transportation options for many residents located in central Bed-Stuy, biking has become a way of life.

Although CitiBike ridership was low when it first arrived, since many residents saw it as a precurser to gentrification expansion, membership has increased faster here than anywhere else in NYC!

In addition to CitiBike stations being situated within a block of the subway stations, coverage is decent from Nostrand to Flushing.

Bedford Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Marcy Avenue, and Tompkins Avenue have bike lanes and the city is looking into providing more bike lanes since ridership is continuing to increase.

Restaurants

Bed-Stuy has a diverse array of cuisines to choose from and the best part of all is that, in addition to being delicious, they are super affordable!

The number of great restaurants are almost too many to name!

Saraghina is the go-to for amazing brick-oven pizza. This joint does it all as a bakery, tapas bar and restaurant, and pizzeria!

Nearby enjoy some southern cuisine at Peaches and Peaches Hothouse.

Local jazz musicians liven it up while you indulge at Sugarhill Supperclub.

This family-owned and operated (since 1979) southern soul food restaurant offers outstanding crab cakes.

If you're in the mood for French, stop by at L'Antagoniste for some fine cuisine or Chez Oskar for a more laid back approach.

Po'Mi offers both Po Boys and Bánh Mì under one roof. Started by two female culinary chefs, this recently opened counter-service restaurant is the talk to the neighborhood.

If you've got a sweet tooth, Bed-Stuy is the place to be!

Just a few neighborhood favorites include Doc D's Southern Desserts, Sweet Pistachio and Brooklyn Doughnutry, and the famedDough.

Attractions and Nightlife

One thing Bed-Stuy does lack is green space.

If you're lucky enough to live by Herbert Von King Park, then you might get to see a tree now and then. The park is equipped with a playground, baseball fields, fitness equipment.

The park's amphitheater hosts the annual Bed-Stuy music festival and other free concerts.

The first annual Bed-Stuy film festival was hosted in 2018 at Richard Beavers Gallery.

Many locals find peace and relaxation in hip candle-lit bars like Doris, which also offer backyard seating and ping-pong tables.

Casablanca Cocktail Lounge offers a full bar and DJ music. It embodies the chill Bed-Stuy neighborhood vibe throughout.

If you love live music, check out Sista's Place where you'll experience live jazz, LunAtico (killer food and a musical brunch), and C'mon Everybody.

You'll find DJ's spinning at Lovers Rock which is known for its authentic Caribbean party and Bed-Vyne Brew, where you'll find craft brews and dj's.

Brooklyn House of Comedy offers both comedy and good musical vibes!

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Public and Charter Schools

Bed-Stuy contains 55 schools and belongs to District 13 or District 16.

The area has historically struggled with failing schools but has been improving as The Department of Education brings in several new charter schools.

The area's education is improving so much that wealthy families from Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo are going out of their way to make sure their kids get admitted into these more racially diverse charter schools.

In particular, Success Academy Charter Schools is the largest and highest-performing free, public charter school network in New York City.

Here are some of the better performing public and charter schools in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood:

SchoolInformationNotes
Bedford-Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter SchoolPublic Charter - K-8 - 600 studentsSpacious building, multiple community service programs, indoor urban farm
Leadership Preparatory Bedford Stuyvesant Middle & Elementary AcademyPublic Charter - K-12 - 776 studentsChallenging academics, long school day, strict discipline code, teacher-parent involvement
Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1Public Charter - K-7 - 433 studentsDedicated staff, close student-teacher bonds, very high performing school, diverse student body
La Cima Elementary Charter SchoolPublic Charter - K-5 - 370 studentsEmphasis on character development, 5th grade trip to Paris, students take yoga
Bedford Stuyvesant CollegiatePublic Charter - 5-8 - 477 studentsMotivational merit-based system, high test scores, curriculum is rigorous, current and practical
Uncommon Collegiate Charter High SchoolPublic Charter - 9-12 - 404 studentsHigh college acceptance rate (100%), high standards, highly structured

How Safe is the Bed-Stuy Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 7 out of 10
Approximately 24.5394 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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Latest Updates

November 23, 2018

According to reports, a massive high-rise will be built on the former location of Bed-Stuy's iconic Slave Theater.

The Theater was once the epicenter of African American cultural events and rallies led by Al Sharpton.