Bedford Stuyvesant (colloquially known as Bed-Stuy) formed in 1930 is a neighborhood in the central portion of the borough.
The neighborhood name is a combination of the names of the Village of Bedford and the Stuyvesant Heights neighborhood. The name Stuyvesantderives from Peter Stuyvesant, the last governor of the colony of New Netherland. Bedford-Stuyvesant is actually made up of four neighborhoods: Bedford, Stuyvesant Heights, Ocean Hill and Weeksville.
There are beautiful historic brownstones and buildings scattered throughout Bed-Stuy. Bedford Stuyvesant and the Stuyvesant Heights historic district of Macdonough, Bainbridge and Chauncey is landmarked.
Bed-Stuy is bordered by Flushing Avenue to the north (bordering Williamsburg); Classon Avenue to the west (bordering Clinton Hill); Broadway to the east (bordering Bushwick); and Atlantic Avenue to the south (bordering Crown Heights).
For decades, Bed-Stuy has been a cultural center for Brooklyn’s Aftrican American community. More recently the neighborhood has become increasingly diverse. New condos and upscale housing developments have been constructed, and this is a strong area for renters. Lewis Avenue between Macdonough and Decatur was once named the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn”. Many of these highly coveted Bed-Stuy brownstones have original fireplaces, crown moldings, and shutters. Often they are set up as two- or three-family houses, so that Bed-Stuy renters as well as buyers can enjoy their historical charm.
With so many different kinds of homes available the neighborhood is becoming a popular choice with young professionals and students studying at Pratt, which is nearby.
There are diverse Zagat-rated restaurants and quaint stores, particularly on Lewis Avenue. There is great shopping at Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue.