Bedford-Stuyvesant has an above average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for New York City.
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Known as Bed-Stuy to New Yorkers, this Brooklyn neighborhood of 153,000 residents is the latest to be transformed by gentrification as people escape the more expensive areas of the city. Many of these people are attracted by the neighborhood's regal brownstones and brick rowhouses which – while still pricey – are cheaper than in other parts of town.
But there is more to the neighborhood than just brownstones. This is a diverse neighborhood with a large historic district that is going through only the latest round of gentrification. Long-time residents speak of the tight-knit community here. Newcomers love the influx of restaurants, cafes, bars, stores and (relative) affordability.
Housing-wise – in addition to brownstones of course – you'll find large brick apartment buildings, squat rowhouses, tracts of public housing (Jay Z grew up here), and several new apartment and condo developments.
It's important to know that while crime has been dropping, Bed-Stuy hasn't entirely escaped its recent past of drug dealers and poverty and some parts of town are still unsafe.
Bedford-Stuyvesant is bordered on the north by Williamsburg and Bushwick, on the east by Cypress Hills, on the south by Crown Heights, and on the west by Clinton Hill.
Wall Street: 5.1 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 6.9 miles / 35-80 minutes by car / 45-55 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 11.2 miles / 35-75 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 2.8 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
This is the spot for donut junkies. This chain offers the basic flavors plus more exotic options like Hibiscus, Passion Fruit, and Poppy Seed.
The HotHouse features Southern regional classics such as Shrimp and Grits, Shrimp Po’ Boys, and Gumbo, but the star of the show is their Hot Chicken.
This spot was once an auto shop. Now it's a cool gastopub with solid cocktails and food.
This local bakery has great break, cookies, sauces, coffee, and prepared food.
Soft, succulent, and juicy sandwiches await you at this popular Bed-Stuy deli.
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