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Bedford - Stuyvesant

Bedford - Stuyvesant

Bedford-Stuyvesant is big. So big it can be many places at once?a real estate investors haven, a renters dream, or an architectural lover's value neighborhood. Everyday, change comes to this large tract of land smack in the middle of central Brooklyn. New coffee shops, salons, big box retail, and restaurants join the boroughs culinary renaissance. This historic neighborhood is a long-time home to some and a fringe area on the move to others.

Transportation defines the neighborhood as much as the sturdy brownstones. It's easy to get to on all sides. Subways are everywhere. The A/C train moves up and down Fulton Avenue. The G train takes travelers to Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, and Long Island City. The J/Z gets you into downtown Manhattan and emerging Bushwick.

Opportunity is available here. Large multi-family apartment dwellings built by some of the city's major architects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries draw developers. New construction is popping up again bordering Clinton Hill.

The neighborhood, which has beauty parlors, antique stores, and hip-hop clothing shops, is beginning to redefine itself as the next frontier for mainstream but diverse urban culture.

CLASSICS AND INSIDE TIPS:

See: Stuyvesant Heights. One of the city's more beautiful historic districts with attached limestone mansions.

Dine: Ms. Dahlia's Cafe. Arguably the best fried chicken and waffles in New York City. Great pastries, pies, cookies, coffee, and people watching.

Shop: Stoop sales throughout the summer, just like the old days in Greenwich Village. Antique stores on Bedford Avenue near Gates Avenue moved from 13th Street in Manhattan.

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