Word on the Street

Ms. Dahlia's Curry Chicken Salad

Back to back events took place in the Gateway this week: on Thursday night, Breukelen Cellars hosted the BID’s monthly Nothing But Networking event, and on Friday morning, the BID’s Town Hall Meeting was held at Restoration Plaza. If you haven’t been to any of the Networking events, you are missing out! Always jam packed with locals and business owners, with free food and drinks to get everyone in the mood. This month’s event was no exception with tastings of all types of wines such as a South African Pinotage and an Italian Nero D’Avola. Decadent red velvet cupcake minis and savory yet sweet curry chicken salad was provided by the always tasty Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe.  New faces and regulars chilled out and talked about neighborhood happenings and the wine flowed freely.

BID Executive Director Michael Rafferty discusses some of the planned improvements for Fulton Street.

On Friday morning, a vocal crowd of property and business owners turned up to not only hear about the new streetscape improvements for Fulton Street, but also to to talk about the latest opportunities and challenges for the BID. Of course the big news was about the highly anticipated street improvements and the start of construction in May. New planters, benches, bicycle racks, and pavers, but the biggest additions are 144 new street trees and the 8,000 sqft. plaza on the corner of Fulton and Marcy Avenue! The plaza will also feature a beautiful tile mosaic designed by a Brooklyn artist and have a 2 ft. granite planter for sitting, trees, and flowerbeds. New muni-meters will be replacing the old-school parking meters, heaps of new trash bins mid-block, and traffic-calming ‘bump-outs’ to help pedestrians cross the busy street. The BID was also able to insure that at least 30% of all of these improvements were contracted out to minority- and women-owned businesses. Coupled with at least two new affordable housing developments going up (the Garvey and the Bradford), and the improvements currently going on at Restoration Plaza, Fulton Street is getting an amazing new facelift! Expect the $9 million project to be completed by October or November of 2012.

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Categories: Bed Stuy, Community Event, Fulton Street, Merchant Meeting, New Development, Small Business

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2 Comments on “Word on the Street”

  1. April 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    I’m a professional event photographer living in Bed-Stuy. I just learned about the Nothing But Networking events and would like to attend the next one. I’d also like to volunteer my services as a photographer to cover the next event and provide photos to this blog and others who might be interested. Whaddya say?

  2. April 30, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Hi Jacques, thanks for your interest! Both the Town Hall meetings as well as the Nothing But Networking meetings are open to the public and we would welcome your attendance. Please check Bed-Stuy Gateway calendar for upcoming events. If you are interested in photographing events and the Gateway in general, we will be adding a special section to our website where volunteers can upload their photos. They will receive a small blurb about their photographic work and a link to their website or flickr account! Please check here for more information: http://www.bedstuygateway.com/Gateway_Gallery.html


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