All About Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Brooklyn neighborhood is full of stunning brownstone architecture and leafy sidewalks.

The large, diverse Brooklyn enclave of Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy, to locals) has drastically changed since Spike Lee set his groundbreaking film "Do the Right Thing" here more than 25 years ago.

The fair-trade coffee shops and draft-beer bars that you might expect to find in a rapidly gentrifying area have arrived in spades, but the leafy sidewalks, stunning brownstone architecture and neighborhoody feel remain, making this an ideal place to take a walk on a crisp fall day.

Where to Shop

If you’re drawn to simple, nature-inspired design, peace & RIOT is a must-see home goods and gift shop selling African baskets and faux-fur pillows. Fashionistas looking for one-of-a-kind wardrobe upgrades need look no further than Miss Master’s Closet, a meticulously curated vintage shop featuring high-quality, lovingly restored clothes and accessories. Stylish, contemporary dressers will love Sincerely, Tommy, a café/retail shop with cutting-edge clothing by indie designers.

Where to Drink

One Last Shag

You can close out your day in Bed-Stuy with a drink or two at one of the many hipster-friendly hot spots popping up all over the ‘hood. Relative newcomer Beast of Bourbon has over 40 beers on draft, whiskey cocktails, live music and a chill atmosphere. Beer nerds will also love Glorietta Baldy. And if you want to dance your face off to 1990s hip-hop and more recent tunes, One Last Shag is one of the best places in the city to do so.

Where to Eat

 

Interior of L'Angatoniste

If you venture out to Bed-Stuy and have a sweet tooth, you’d be remiss to skip a trip to Dough, a coffee shop and bakery serving doughnuts in flavors like hibiscus and café au lait that will completely blow your mind. And if you take a short walk to Bedford Ave. and Quincy St., you’ll happen upon a mural bearing the likeness of hometown hero, rapper Notorious B.I.G.

The character of Bed-Stuy is heavily influenced by its Caribbean-American population, and you can find exceptional representative cuisine at Ali’s Trinidad Roti Shop (1267 Fulton St., 718.783.0316) and A&A Bake and Doubles Shop (481 Nostrand Ave., 917.892.9562).

Relative newcomer Saraghina serves up wood-fired pizzas in a cozy setting; and diners seeking rustic, seasonal fare will be impressed with the exquisite, inventive dishes at L'Antagoniste.

Kate Hooker
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Kate Hooker is a lawyer and writer who fled the East Village for Brooklyn a few years ago in search of outdoor ...