Bed-Stuy’s ‘Downtown’ On the Move!

Shecter Lee. Gateway Through the Lens.

I was doing some research on the Fulton Street area and came across a really impressive report conducted by the Local Initiatives Support Council (LISC) which can be found here. Basically, Fulton Street is Bed-Stuy’s downtown. We always knew that Bed-Stuy was Brooklyn’s best neighborhood, but now we have the numbers to prove it!

Just to give people an understanding of how busy Fulton Street is, take a look at some of these facts:

  • There are over 67,000 residents within a 10 minute walk of Fulton Street (between Classon and Lewis).
  • There are over 35,000 Subway riders using the Nostrand, Kingston, and Utica stops everyday; and Nostrand is one of the most heavily used stops in the entire city.
  • 15,000 cars drive down our stretch of Fulton everyday and there are 3 major bus lines and a LIRR stop.

But, that’s not all: Bed-Stuy brings the green with 44% greater buying power (a.k.a. money to spend) than the Brooklyn average! Unfortunately, that money is not really spent in our community. There is a huge amount of retail leakage. That’s because residents are leaving the community to patron sit-down restaurants, bars, apparel and clothing stores, specialty grocers, and entertainment venues in neighborhoods like Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, and Fort Greene. Just read this New York Times article about how Bed-Stuy is a retailer’s dream: lots of local customers and cheap rents.

But I think there are a lot of hidden gems that residents don’t even know about. So this blog is going to prove that we have everything right here in Bed-Stuy: great food, unique entertainment, healthy groceries, and the best neighbors in Brooklyn. And with the investment of $10 million of streetscape improvements coming to Fulton Street, our ‘hood is going to shine even more than it already does!

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Categories: Arts and Culture, Bed Stuy, Fulton Street, Small Business

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2 Comments on “Bed-Stuy’s ‘Downtown’ On the Move!”

  1. April 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    great post…. you should write up the newest hidden gem and best reason to stay in the hood to dine.
    Check out Sud vino & cucina on Bedford Ave…. Just opened up about a month ago, and has been packed every time i go. This place is a diamond in the rough, literally. The front of the place is no indicator of the inside and the food is outstanding! Try the Gnocchi!

    check it out!

  2. April 30, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    mmmmm, that place looks tasty! I pass it all the time on the Bedford bike-path and have been really wanting to check it out. Right now, the blog is only focusing on the Fulton and Nostrand corridor of Bed-Stuy, but as we expand, we will be checking out places across Bed-Stuy. Thanks for the tip and keep sending stuff over our way. If you have any more recommendations, let us know!


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