Exploring the Beautiful Bedford Stuyvesant Neighborhood

This will be a stroll through the historic area of Bedford Stuyvesant, which contains some of the city's most beautiful townhouses and brownstones, magnificent churches, along one of New York's's oldest free African-American community.  The neighborhood has been attracting people far and wide due to its beauty, affordability and developing food and nightlife scene.  Over the years Bed Stuy has been home to musicians Eubie Blake, Lea Horne, Richie Havens, jazz drummer Max Roach and Congressmember Shirley Chisholm. Writers Isaac Asimov and Norman Mailer went to High School here as well as composer Aaron Copeland. 

Our adventure will include a visit to the Hunterfly Road Historic District in the Weeksville part of the neighborhood with its unique wood frame houses.  Options for brunch or lunch afterwards.

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  • Paulette

    The tour, the people, the neighborhood, the weather - just wonderful. Thank you, Hank, for this delightful day!

    April 29, 2014

  • Leah

    A lovely and interesting walk in one of my favorite neighborhoods.

    April 26, 2014

  • anna

    Thanks Hank for sharing your time and knowledge with us. It was a beautiful day and a great tour. Look forward to the next one!

    April 26, 2014

  • CLARK

    Hank,
    Thanks so much for a great day!
    Enjoyed meeting you and the folks who attended.
    Until soon!

    April 26, 2014

  • Mimi

    Great walk! Wonderful, informative guide, beautiful neighborhood. Hank, thanks for providing the map and being such a great guide!

    April 26, 2014

  • Aurelia S.

    Wow, I got the notification at 4:40pm. The tour was over.

    April 26, 2014

  • Stephanie

    Wonderful tour! Thanks, Hank!

    April 26, 2014

  • Maggie P.

    Saw the confirmation email too late, sorry. Next time for sure. Enjoy!

    April 26, 2014

  • Stephanie

    On bus. Almost there!

    April 26, 2014

  • Rubi

    Just returned from the gym and I see that I am now off the waiting list. It is too late for me to get there so I will take my name off the list. Have fun. Wish I was off the wait list before I went to the gym.

    April 26, 2014

  • Mary Fleming S.

    I've seen a couple of people cancel this morning. How do you notify people off the wait-list? Just curious--for future reference.

    April 26, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Hi All, this is the email I sent last night in case you did not get it:

    The A train will not go beyond Jay Street/Metrotech in Downtown Brooklyn. You must change there outside for the free shuttle bus which will follow the A/C line. You can take the express shuttle bus which stops at Nostrand Avenue by our meeting place in front of Walgreens at 1281 Fulton Street. Please allow extra time -- around 30 minutes. This link has the basic info. Click on the "A" below where it says Weekend Service Notice for the instructions.
    http://web.mta.info/weekender/lineview.html?r=a
    Feel free to call me at[masked] or email me at [masked] if you have questions.

    This will be an adventure -- and you won't want to miss it!
    Thanks from Hank

    April 26, 2014

    • Bete N.

      Due to extra 30 minutes travel time I will not be able to make it there on time so I am cancelling.

      April 26, 2014

  • CristinaG

    I just read the confirmation email, I can not make it today, sorry

    April 26, 2014

  • Hank O.

    I sent everyone attending the Bedy Stuy meetup Saturday an important email with instructions.

    April 25, 2014

    • Aly

      Hi Hank ... I never received the email, could you resend?

      April 26, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Also I believe you you can take the #3 train to Eastern Parkway and Nostrand - it is about 15 blocks North to Fulton and our meetup location. Might be a bus as well. You will have to do your own research there.

    April 26, 2014

    • John K

      People can also take the 2,3, or 4 trains to Franklin Ave. Then they can transfer to the Franklin Ave shuttle train north to it's Franklin & Fulton Street terminus. The Nostrand Ave meetup location will then be two blocks east from that location.

      April 26, 2014

  • Hank O.

    If the G train is convenient for any of you, you can get off at the Nostrand/Bedford stop and then take the bus down Nostrand to Fulton, or it is around a 12 block walk. You'll need to check a map.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • John K

    Hank, the A/C trains will not be running to Nostrand ave this weekend. Folks coming by subway will have to connect to a bus.
    No A trains between Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av No C trains between W 4 St and Euclid Av

    Where will the walk end? I would like to know so I can plan my return trip allowing for the service disruptions.

    April 25, 2014

    • Hank O.

      Thanks so much John! People should take teh A train to jay Street/Metrotech in Downtown Brooklyn and take the free Express Shuttle Bus to Nostrand. It will take a good 20-30 minutes longer than the subway. Link to MTA to these MTA directions: http://web.mta.info/w...­

      April 25, 2014

    • Hank O.

      John the tour will end on Fulton Street where the free shuttle bus is running. Eating out options not to far.

      April 25, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Hey Ryan, on the weekend, I would allow at least one hour from the Upper West to the Nostrand Avenue Station of the A/C.

    April 25, 2014

  • Mary Fleming S.

    I've never done this before--just signed up on "Meet-up." I gather there's a limited number of people who can do these excursions, and thus, the waitlist? How is one notified if one gets off the waitlist?

    April 22, 2014

    • Aly

      You will get an email...you can also go back to your meetup calendar- all events that's you've signed for will be highlighted & the 'waited listed' ones noted

      April 25, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Here's my cell phone number:[masked]-3005. Please allow extra time for weekend subway travel. For those in need of coffee there's a nice coffee/pastry shop very early in our walk. Try to take care of business before we start out. Hopefully no rain!

    1 · April 25, 2014

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  • Paulette

    The comment below equating walks getting filled up with "crowded free events where people put their coats bags papers next to them to prevent others from sitting there" makes absolutely no sense to me. No one is doing anything to prevent anyone from attending the walks. DO THE MATH - this group has ONE organizer and nearly 1800 members - of course not everyone can get into everything! (Not to mention the fact that ALL groups on Meetup run their events on a first come, first served basis and limit the number of people who can attend them.) I personally find the recent spate of complaining very tiring and would much prefer CONSTRUCTIVE comments (and suggestions) to destructive ones. For starters, what about appreciating all the time and effort Hank has put in to running this group and bringing so many wonderful events to fruition?

    8 · April 24, 2014

    • Renee

      I agree!

      3 · April 25, 2014

    • Cynthia

      Yes, this is an excellent group led by someone who is knowledgeable and extraordinarily generous with his time. Thank you, Hank.

      3 · April 25, 2014

  • Carol

    I think I'm doomed to not taking this tour. I've been sick since last Wed and I don't think walking around for hours on Saturday is in my best interests. I can't believe I actually stepped out of a Broadway show to register for this event, finally got in, and now I have to cancel.

    April 22, 2014

    • Carol

      Thank you, Mary! You're sweet! I actually went to the doctor today and he said it's allergies. It sure doesn't feel like it.

      April 24, 2014

    • Mary Fleming S.

      I don't know, Carol ... 'tis the season. The dogwood outside my third floor apartment window is flowering these days and my allergies are in full bloom right along with it!

      April 24, 2014

  • John S.

    I agree with Carol. It reminds me of crowded free events where people put their coats bags papers next to them to prevent others from sitting there

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Hi Mary, the wait list works automatically as people change their RSVP status if they cannot attend. The reason for the limited number of people as these meetups are narrated and their would be quality and safety issues if there it was a larger group. I will be having some events like NYC Trivia Nights that can accommodate more people.

    April 22, 2014

  • Heidi

    Unfortunately I have to work. Next time. Enjoy

    April 21, 2014

  • Paulette

    Many of us who have signed on for themselves "+1" - myself very much included - DO bring people who are already members of this group.

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Carol

    I noticed that therr are ten "+1's" on this tour. Considering how very difficult it is to get in, perhaps it would be fair if only members of the group could attend?

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Carol

    Hank, thank you for changing the signup method so that everyone has an equal chance of getting in. I hope to do this tour, as well as the Harlem tour!

    2 · March 25, 2014

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