Category Archives: the bed-stuy neighborhood

October 5, 2015

The Brownstoners House Tour

The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant House Tour is back again this year on Saturday 10/17.  We went last year and it was awesome. Local brownstone homeowners open up their homes for the public to tour. Last year we saw about 7 homes. This year we will definitely go again!

Check out the details here.

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Cheers, Hayley

August 12, 2015

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

We have been in Bed-Stuy for almost a year now.  On moving day the very first thing we did once the moving trucks pulled away and all the boxes were inside was hunt for good coffee.  When we found a delicious, vintage coffee shop I knew everything was going to be ok.

Since last year some new places have popped up and and it feels like more places continue to open all the time.  These four places are my favorite coffee spots right now…

Georges-Andres is the coffee shop we went to on our first day in the neighborhood.  They have a vintage and french vibe and are also super kid friendly.  They have great coffee and espresso drinks as well as pastries.  They are on Halsey St. near the corner of Stuyvesant Ave.

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Manny’s is kind of my go to because it is the closest to our apartment.  They have a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu as well good coffee and a large selection of pastries and sweets.  They are on Patchen Ave near the corner of Macon St.

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Brunswick is a modern Australian cafe, particularly with a Melbourne vibe.  They have an awesome full food menu while brewing up Counter Culture coffee.  My favorite is a cappuccino and avocado toast, yum!  They are on Marcus Garvey Blvd near Decatur St.

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Anchor is a small coffee shop which also serves a few pastries.  Their espresso drinks are served to perfection.  It is Punit’s favorite because they serve Parlor coffee.  They are on Throop Ave near the corner of Jefferson St.

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So if you are like me and “need coffee in an I.V.” (to quote the great Lorelai Gilmore), these places all take their coffee pretty seriously.

Cheers, Hayley

Anyone have another favorite place in Bed-Stuy I should check out?

February 6, 2015

HOUSE HUNTING AND BIDDING WARS: Part II

This post is from guest blogger, Punit!  It is Part II in a five post series, you can read Part I here.IMG_3865We missed out on the first house in June and decided to put the search on hold, but at the end of August  we were back on the hunt.  We had not closed yet, but with a closing coming up very soon, we packed our bags, put most of our stuff in storage, and found a cheap rental in Bed-Stuy. This made open-houses so much easier and served to further solidify our idea of wanting to find a house in what we dubbed “the desired triangle” of Bed-Stuy. The triangle is not a true triangle but is the area bordered by Fulton Street on the south, Lewis on the east, Bedford Ave on the west, and Hancock Street on the north.

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The blue triangle represents our preferred area of Bed-Stuy while house hunting.

Offer 2: Hancock Street

House number two is up!  It was also in Bed-Stuy but on Hancock Street between Lewis Avenue and Marcus Garvey Blvd. This house was a smaller three story brownstone right around the corner from all the restaurants and bars on Lewis Avenue and it looked like it was in great shape. The asking price was sky high for the size of the house and we calmly did our math, came up with a good offer 14% under asking price. The seller countered asking for 7% under asking and at this point we started to realize some of the flaws with the house.  it was still running on oil heating.  It had new hardwood floors, but each floor of the house had a different type of hardwood. And across the street was a fire house.

At this stage we walked away, only to come back a month later when the sellers had a new broker. They said they would potentially take 10% less than the original asking price but we walk away a second time since we felt we had our numbers right and didn’t want to offer more than our original offer. Sure enough, the house closed in December for exactly what we had originally offered. If you haven’t realized at this stage, we spend an extraordinary amount of time on StreetEasy and ACRIS.

Cheers,

Punit

January 22, 2015

I don’t think we are in Williamsburg anymore, Jame-O (Renting in Bed-Stuy)

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This is our cute dog Jameson.  He is a 2 ½ year old Norwich Terrier.  We call him Jame-o for short sometimes.  Jameson’s quality of life has seen a bit of a decline since he moved to Bed-Stuy.  No more doggy daycare or dog run in the park for Jame-o!  He does have a really lovely Bed-Stuy based dog walker though and sometimes she loads a bunch of the dogs in her van and takes them to the dog run.  So please don’t feel too bad for Jameson he still lives a very charmed life.

Here are some other ways in which Bed-Stuy is NOT Williamsburg*

Noisy – The streets are a lot less crowded but somehow much more noisy, more people making noise at night and more annoying car sounds like alarms, sirens, and beeping.

Not as many restaurants – There are some really great places to eat in Bed-Stuy but not anywhere near the density of Williamsburg. This was an adjustment for us because we were always eating out.

Wider Streets and Trees – The streets here are so wide and there are hundred old trees lining them.  It’s lovely.  And so much parking!

Friendly people – Our first morning in Bed-Stuy I went out to walk Jameson and everyone started greeting me “Good Morning.” At first I was like, “Omg what’s going on? why are people on the streets of New York making eye contact and talking to me?” But overtime I have realized how much more neighborly it is here.  There is a much deeper sense of community.

So while I am missing my cappuccino on every corner (the fancy hipster kind where they steam the milk perfectly and make you foam art), I am really starting to like Bed-Stuy.  There are more shops and bars opening up all the time.  I love Sundays here where everyone is out walking around, you can hear music from the churches and you can stroll while admiring all the beautiful architecture.


*This list is not all-inclusive.  I realize I have only been here for a few months.  Also if anyone has some cool suggestions of places to go I would love to hear about it!

Cheers,

Hayley