This week’s neighborhood focus is on the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, also known by locals as “Bed-Stuy.” Bed-Stuy is a neighborhood that became a hub for African-American families looking for a place to live in the ’20s and ’30s. During this period, many of these families left the South and initially relocated in Harlem, but soon left in order to establish themselves in this Brooklyn neighborhood. The same can be said today, as young professionals and artists are looking to relocate to this unique area. With the arrival of these new tenants, Bed-Stuy is seeing restaurants, bars, and cafés pop up across its streets.
One of the biggest draws in the neighborhood is the brownstone homes which are some of the cheapest in New York City. Many of these homes represent various styles of architecture, like Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival. It is this unique mélange of architectural style that has many residents pushing for the area to be designated as a Historic District.
Rental prices: What you can expect
Finding the perfect place to call home in NYC means accounting for your housing budget and the type of area and housing that suits you best. At New York Habitat, we offer a range of furnished housing options including full private apartments and rooms for rent in shared apartments all over New York City.
We all wish we could live in a beautiful, luxury apartment, perfectly located near our university or work, but sometimes our finances can hamper these dreams of opulence. Knowing which areas of New York you can afford is an important step in finding an apartment that fits your needs (and don’t worry, the impressive NYC views are always free!). For many millennials, apartment shares (i.e., renting a single room in an apartment) are the way to go! They can help curtail some of the costs associated with moving to New York City, and they are a great way to test an area before making a long-term commitment. But how exactly will living in Bed-Stuy affect your wallet? The following infographic will break it down for you.
Sharing the rent and utility expenses on an apartment can allow you to live in an area that might otherwise be out of your budget, and still leave you with pocket money so you can enjoy all that New York City has to offer. Why live paycheck to paycheck footing the bill for your own apartment when you can split the costs and have spending money to go out on the town? After all, you came to NYC for a reason, and we doubt it was to sit at home wishing you could afford a night out! Plus, many people find it less isolating to live with other people with whom they can socialize, especially when you are new to town. Apartment sharing is a win-win situation, which is why you’ll often see New Yorkers of all ages, from young people who just arrived from out-of-town to senior citizens who have lived here their whole lives, sharing apartments in the Big Apple.
Reviews: See what people are saying about Bedford-Stuyvesant
What are some of Bed-Stuy’s former residents saying about the area? Below, we break down our clients’ feelings about the neighborhood to give you a general idea of what you can expect as a future tenant.
Thinking about moving to Bed-Stuy? Take our video tour and see what this part of Brooklyn is all about. Then, get to know the area a bit by checking out our list of some of our favorite local spots that make this neighborhood an exciting place you’ll want to call home. From recreation and shopping to entertainment and dining, Bed-Stuy has a bit of everything you could want in a neighborhood!
1. ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE
Maybe you will always be upset that you never got to see Studio 54 at its prime, but worry not, because C’mon Everybody is the bar-lounge that will make up for it. This is the perfect space for those of us who lean towards the creative side. While up-and-coming musicians will bring the place to life, special events such as burlesque shows will keep you coming back. Also, don’t forget to indulge in the straight-out-of-Mexico, spicy pear-jalapeño margarita called The Nile Rodgers.
Herbert Von King Park
Herbert Von King Park is the perfect place to spend a Sunday morning and was one of Brooklyn’s first parks. Aside from the green landscape, the park provides fitness equipment, a baseball field, a recreation center, and an indoor dance studio. For a more relaxing time, an outdoor amphitheater provides the neighborhood with free concerts and artistic performances. If you love the outdoors, spend a day visiting some of NYC’s other beautiful parks as well!
3. LOCAL CUISINE
There is never a bad time to pig out on some good southern comfort food – it’s probably the best way to deal with a stressful week. While the whole menu at Peaches is extremely appetizing, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to eat some shrimp and grits (don’t forget the collard greens and cornbread on the side!).
A&A Bake & Doubles Shop
Whether you’re running out the door heading to work or need something for the morning after you go out, A&A Bake and Doubles Shop will always be the right choice. This Trinidadian restaurant is famous for its doubles, a snack that consists of curried chickpeas stuffed inside fried bread. You may not be from the island, but you better believe that this will become your go-to spot in a pinch. Two doubles are only $3; how can you beat that?
When you’re in a hurry, but don’t want to skip your morning coffee, make a quick stop at Daily Press! Both of their locations are conveniently located next to metro stops. Not only is it convenient, but the taste will have you coming back every morning. If it’s not the rich coffee, then the flaky, warm pastries will have you hooked. If you’re serious about your coffee addiction, don’t forget to check out our list of the best coffee shops in NYC too!
When you think of Bed-Stuy, farm-to-table French cuisine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. L’Antagoniste is looking to change that. A seasonal menu ensures that your palette embarks on a new culinary journey year-round. Not looking to break the bank on dinner? Enjoy one of their daily specials, from B.Y.O.B. to $1.50 oysters.
Tired of the same old doughnut flavors? So are we. This is why Dough needs to be your new go-to doughnut shop. While their most popular flavors stay year-round, some seasonal concoctions will have you wondering what flavors they’re going to dream up next. There are enough unique flavors (like hibiscus, café au lait and dulce de leche) to have you coming in more often than you probably should! If you’re craving a little more than a doughnut, try one of the top 10 brunch spots we found in NYC!
Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen
If you need a place to get some work done, but also need some good coffee and food to keep you going, head to Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen. The organic, seasonal produce they use guarantees that you’re getting the highest quality meal every time. With the holiday season on its way, Stonefruit is also the place to order a delectable, eye-catching cake or pie to please all your guests and win over every member of the family.
As much as we love the New York life, sometimes we just want a little taste of Paris. At Le Paris Dakar, you can get the best of both worlds. Their selection of savory and sweet crepes is pretty extensive, making your choice all the more difficult! Although the slew of warm, sunny days is drawing to a close, the outdoor area of Le Paris Dakar is perfect for enjoying a crepe-filled brunch in the summer. Don’t forget to enjoy every last bit of the crisp autumn weather in NYC before it’s over with our tips on the best ways to enjoy the fall in NYC!
Harold and Maude – Vintage Store
A trip to a vintage store can be hit or miss depending on the store’s current selection. Harold and Maude Vintage is the exception. A quick scroll through their Tumblr or Instagram will have you falling in love with what they have to offer (a Wizard of Oz-inspired denim jacket is hard to pass up). Peddling pieces from the ’50s, ’60s and ’80s, Harold and Maude is the place to fulfill all your vintage fashion dreams.
Bed-Stuy residents are proud of their community and work hard to make sure that the best of Bed-Stuy shines through. This past year, an area of Bed-Stuy was awarded the title of “The Greenest Block in Brooklyn” from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This title is meant to honor the work of community members as they strive to enhance the area’s streetscape. If you love greenery and gardens, Bed-Stuy has plenty of brownstone apartments with coveted garden access, or check out these amazing community gardens just a short subway ride away in lower Manhattan!
Invigorated with new development, booming with local businesses, and still affordable, Bed-Stuy has a lot to offer the millennial apartment-seeking crowd. If this will be your first time in NYC, we have some tips for getting acquainted with the Big Apple so it’s less of a culture shock. You’ll want to check back for our next blog on apartment shares in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where you’ll get a local perspective from one of our hosts with a room for rent in the area and take a peek into their apartment.
You can browse through other Bed-Stuy apartment share options on our website. Submit a request online, or call +1-212-255-8018 if you need assistance with your request and we’ll connect you with one of our apartment share agents to guide you in your housing search!