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Spa Week 2017

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Life in a big city means very little sleep time, especially for everyday New Yorkers. Well, you’re in luck! After working 30+ hours every week, it is time for some pampering.

Spa Week in New York City is scheduled for October 16-20, 2017. This is your opportunity to toss that briefcase, kick off those shoes, and unwind with a massage or a trip to the sauna. In Bedford-Stuyvesant, there are quite a few spas ready to schedule your appointment for some overdue rest and relaxation. So reward yourself, you deserve it.

For information on exclusive deals or to locate the nearest participating spa, visit https://www.spaweek.com/.

How Would You Spend $1 Million to Improve Bedford-Stuyvesant?

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How would you spend $1 million in our community? That’s the number one question that members of the New York City Council throughout the five boroughs have been asking community residents and stakeholders.

Through participatory budgeting, New Yorkers have the opportunity to submit ideas to improve “schools, parks, libraries, public housing, and other public or community spaces” with capital money to fund “brick and mortar” projects.

Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. who represents Bedford-Stuyvesant and serves as chair of the Committee on Small Business,  launched participatory budgeting earlier this month with neighborhood assemblies within the 36th Council District.for a third consecutive year.

The next event will be held on Wednesday, October 4th at 5:30PM in the Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School, 82 Lewis Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11206.

For more information on participatory budgeting or to get involved, call Council Member Cornegy’s office at (718) 919-0740 or visit https://council.nyc.gov/pb/.

Halloween Tips and Events

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Trick or Treat!

For one night only, children of all ages will be dressed as their favorite characters and go door to door to fill their bags with lots of candies.

Halloween, unlike any other holiday, is full of pranks and mystery. As a result, it requires extra vigilance of your surroundings and proper screening of treats to avoid becoming the victim of a crime. Additionally, Halloween is among the top three dangerous times for pedestrian injuries and fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

With residents and small business owners along the Fulton and Nostrand commercial corridor expected to participate in this annual tradition, here are some tips from the NYPD for a safe Halloween: http://nypdnews.com/2016/10/halloween-safety-tips-2/.

Happy Birthday Restoration!

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The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, more commonly known as Restoration, is celebrating fifty years of community and economic development in Brooklyn’s most iconic neighborhood.

On October 30th, community stakeholders and distinguished guests will convene at Cipriani for the 50th Anniversary Restore Brooklyn Annual Benefit hosted by CBS 2 News Anchor Maurice DuBois.

Since its founding in 1967, Restoration has provided a wealth of services and resources to “improve the quality of life in Central Brooklyn,” such as job readiness, financial literacy, education, small business services, while attracting new businesses to Restoration Plaza to spur job creation.

As the nation’s foremost community development corporation, Restoration is a model of how public-private partnership can successfully revitalize a neighborhood with dilapidated buildings and lack of opportunities. Five decades later, residents, small businesses and cultural institutions are thriving in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

To date, the corporation has several accomplishments including the construction or renovation of 2,000 housing units; provided nearly 1,500 homeowners with $60 million in mortgage financing; was the second largest real estate owner in Brooklyn after the City of New York; brought more than $500 million in public and private investment to Central Brooklyn; served over 1,400 preschoolers in partnering childcare centers and Head Start programs with nutritious meals to curb diet-related illnesses; and showcases local talent in the Skylight Gallery while welcoming 30,000 visitors.to the Billie Holiday Theatre annually for special performances.  

For more information on the upcoming festivities, visit http://restorationplaza.org/.

Wake Up With Furman’s Coffee

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Start your day with a nice cup of rich, gourmet coffee from the newest shop to join the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, Furman’s Coffee. Just three months ago, Dominican-born Emanuel DeJesus opened his doors for the very first time excited about reinvesting in his community not just as a resident, but now as a small business owner. His shop, located at 547 Nostrand Avenue, serves pastries and coffee made from exclusive beans harvested worldwide and locally roasted in Bushwick.

Coffee, paired with some toast, has been a part of his daily breakfast routine since the early age of 4 or 5 in the Dominican Republic. After an excursion in Costa Rica, where he visited a coffee plantation, DeJesus became nostalgic and was inspired to bring back the unique aroma of freshly brewed coffee and morning dew to Bedford-Stuyvesant. The most popular menu item has been their Japanese iced coffee to beat the summer heat. Customers have already been raving about their experiences on Facebook, citing the “friendly owner,” “chill vibes,” and “great customer service.” So whether you’re on the go or searching for a new remote workspace, explore Furman’s Coffee.


Their website, furmanscoffee.com, will be launched in a week.

Discover the Flavor of Bed-Stuy

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Thanksgiving Day may be two months away, but the mouthwatering bean pies at Abu’s Bakery have been flying off the shelves daily due to customer demand in store and soon online. Idris Conry, a husband and father, was an educator by day and a baker by night. Inspired by the rave reviews of his cheesecake by colleagues, Conry finally decided to pursue his entrepreneurial dream in the same community where he was raised. Nearly twenty years ago, Conry opened the bakery at 1184 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which offers baked goods such as cakes, cupcakes, and pies in a wide array of flavors.
 – bean, sweet potato, coconut custard, and pecan.
The name Abu means father in Arabic; and its significance is evident in this family-owned and operated bakery that is now managed by Conry’s son, Idris Braithwaite. In an effort to expand their footprint, he launched a new business venture – securing shelf space for his pies in the local bodegas. Every week, an estimated 6,000 pies are sold from 150 locations across the city.
Both bakers share more than family ties and love of community, but also the desire to mentor today’s youth. Hiring locally was an unforeseen challenge for this growing business, but Braithwaite who was a dean at Boys and Girls High School and once operated a nonprofit organization that provided youth with professional development, knew the solution.
Through a partnership with the bakery and the Brooklyn Frontiers High School Learning
to Work program, students are offered a paid internship opportunity to explore potential careers, develop professional skills, and ultimately succeed in the workplace. With the help of these young bakers, Abu’s will become a household name. Their website, www.abusbakery.com, is currently under construction to provide customers with the opportunity to place orders online and is expected to relaunch early October.

Taco Bell Cantina Comes to Bed-Stuy

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Foodies rejoice! One of 50 new Taco Bells expected to open throughout New York City’s five boroughs will begin taking orders in early 2018 at the former Checkers located at 491 Nostrand Avenue.
The Mexican-style fast food giant has announced that this storefront will be one of a handful cantinas, or exclusive locations serving alcoholic beverages alongside their famous tacos.
Patrons can look forward to “live mas in a modern, energy-efficient space with architecture reflective of the local neighborhood, an open kitchen, digital menu boards, TV monitors, an app for mobile orders and pick up. The restaurants will also feature “a new tapas-style menu of shareable appetizers.”
The new Taco Bell will be a welcome addition to the commercial corridor – joining Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, KFC, Golden Krust, and McDonald’s. To date, there are only three Taco Bells in the City and Bedford-Stuyvesant will be the second Brooklyn neighborhood to host the millenial eatery.

Unprecedented Economic Growth in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYS Comptroller Says

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Bedford-Stuyvesant is open for business, according to a new report released on Friday by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli providing an economic snapshot of the community that is now thriving after the recession.

Known for its beautiful brownstones and rich African-American culture, this historic neighborhood has experienced significant growth in new businesses, jobs, and population. More than 150,000 people and nearly 2,000 businesses call Bedford-Stuyvesant home, Through the service and hospitality industries, more than 17,000 jobs have been created in the private sector.

As businesses continue to flourish, crime has steadily declined by 44 percent. Despite the many years of progress, many of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s long-term residents are facing several challenges including chronic illnesses, poverty and displacement due to rising rents. Through its vast network of businesses and service providers, the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID remains committed to creating opportunities for residents and entrepreneurs, cultivating strategic partnerships, and providing the resources that will propel this community to higher heights.

In partnership with our member organizations and city officials, we will strive to surpass Bedford-Stuyvesant’s current ranking as the fourth fastest growing New York City neighborhood out of 55.

To read the full report, click here. (https://osc.state.ny.us/osdc/rpt5-2018.pdf)

The Bed-Stuy Gateway BID seeks Deputy Director

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The Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway BID, seeks a Deputy Director to join our team to assist in the management, oversight, and execution of our day to day operations.

This dynamic position touches on many aspects of economic and community development in the heart of one of Central Brooklyn’s busiest commercial corridors.

The ideal candidate will be a fast learner, comfortable both working in a fast paced environment and interacting with our stakeholders at all levels (i.e., property/business owners, board members, customers, area residents, community leaders and representatives of City agencies).

Salary is commensurate with experience and education. The incumbent will also receive a benefits package including health plans, paid leave, and retirement plan.

Please click here or on the link below for a comprehensive overview of the position.  Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume, including salary requirements, by email to info@bedstuybid.org by 5:00pm, Friday September,22, 2017.

Please include “Deputy Director Position” in the subject line of your email.


Position Description – Deputy Director Bed-Stuy Gateway BID

National Preparedness Month

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For more than a decade, September has been observed as National Preparedness Month in the United States. Despite the media and community outreach  to increase awareness, small business owners are not prepared for an emergency.

In fact, four out of 10 small businesses will never reopen after experiencing a disaster. It is time to protect your investment!

Communication with your employees is vital when faced with a hurricane, fire, flood, or blackout. Through Business PREP, a program sponsored by the NYC Department of Small Business Services, business owners can receive a free risk assessment, assistance with developing an emergency communications plan and applying for emergency readiness grants.  

This year’s theme is disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. It is a quick reminder of how important it is for small business owners to secure their property and documents before disaster strikes. Now is the time to make sure that your livelihood is fully protected by your insurance policy so that you can avoid out-of-pocket expenses to repair any damages.

For helpful tips and resources from the Department of Small Business Services to help you stay on track or quickly get back on your feet, visit http://on.nyc.gov/2dH7Xcy.