we’re in the midst of my favorite brooklyn holiday, ‘bed-stuy alive’!
kicking off last saturday, ‘bed-stuy alive’ is a week full of concerts, workshops, a 10k run, and most importantly….. the brownstoners of bedford-stuyvesant’s brownstone tour!
for any of my early readers, you know that my biggest dream as a child was to live in a brownstone in brooklyn. i was obsessed with the bed-stuy aesthetic and that hasn’t let up in my seven years of living here. every year, the brownstoners host a tour of some of the best homes in the neighbs. i’ve been going for a few years now as a cute day date with my girlfriends and we’re back at it this year.
the brownstoners of bedford-stuyvesant is an organization founded in 1978 by a few neighbors grappling with real issues of displacement, negligence from the city, and southern flight of longtime residents. their goals were to combat the bad press surrounding their area, renew resident pride in bed-stuy, and encourage black home ownership. besides being the sure shot to actualizing their vision of an ideal bed-stuy, the annual tour also raises money for a scholarship fund for local teens. this year, the brownstoners’ tour will be celebrating 36 years of epicness!
from backyard koi ponds to hardwood floors engrained with harriet tubman’s face, it’s really fun to step into your neighbors’ homes and see how they’re livin’ (no bet). whether you leave inspired or jealous, it’s always a great time. tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at brooklyn swirl, bed-vyne, emiline’s or online here.
in a time when bed-stuy is gentrifying at a dizzying pace, it feels good to celebrate the history and the black excellence that made me want to move to this neighborhood in the first place. as the brownstoners of bedford-stuyvesant’s motto says, this saturday is the perfect time to ‘come on home to bed-stuy‘!