Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide
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.
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:
|Studio||1 Bedroom||2 Bedroom||3 Bedroom|
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
- A C
IND Eighth Avenue Line
IND Crosstown Line
|B52||Gates Av/Throop Av|
|B43||Throop Av/Gates Av|
|B44||Nostrand Av/Lafayette Av|
|B47||Ralph Av/Av L|
|B38||Lafayette Av/Nostrand Av|
|BM1,2,3,4||Ralph 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Brooklyn House of Comedy offers both comedy and good musical vibes!
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:
|Bedford-Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School||Public Charter - K-8 - 600 students||Spacious building, multiple community service programs, indoor urban farm|
|Leadership Preparatory Bedford Stuyvesant Middle & Elementary Academy||Public Charter - K-12 - 776 students||Challenging academics, long school day, strict discipline code, teacher-parent involvement|
|Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1||Public Charter - K-7 - 433 students||Dedicated staff, close student-teacher bonds, very high performing school, diverse student body|
|La Cima Elementary Charter School||Public Charter - K-5 - 370 students||Emphasis on character development, 5th grade trip to Paris, students take yoga|
|Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate||Public Charter - 5-8 - 477 students||Motivational merit-based system, high test scores, curriculum is rigorous, current and practical|
|Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School||Public Charter - 9-12 - 404 students||High college acceptance rate (100%), high standards, highly structured|
How Safe is the Bed-Stuy Neighborhood?
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.