Photo: Chris Kreussling
The Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of famous rappers like Jay-Z, The Notorious BIG, and Mos Def (now known as Yasiin Bey). But, Bed-Stuy’s contributions to African American and pop culture go even deeper than simply giving birth to hip-hop giants.
The historic neighborhood is home to the first free African American community, is the birthplace of many prolific African American poets, serves as the backdrop to many of Spike Lee’s movies, and was the breeding ground for Civil Rights victories in the late 1960’s. Bed-Stuy’s little known history is often obscured by its tough reputation for which the phrase coined in the 90’s “Bed-Stuy, Do or Die” speaks to its rugged way of life. While the hype has kept many would-be tourists at bay it hasn’t diminished the cultural and artistic significance of the neighborhood.
As the neighborhood tastes continue to shift under the influence and interests of its new residents, Bed-Stuy will soon be able to claim another important cultural achievement: home to an amazing culinary scene. Sadly, Bed-Stuy doesn’t ever make the list for neighborhoods to visit for neighborhood to go to get your foodie fix; and that’s where we come in! Here we shed light to a few artisan purveyors, ethnic eats, and date spots located in Bed-Stuy that deserve recognition Read More