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Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, A Place That Matters

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, at 1380 Fulton St., in Brooklyn. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration is the nation’s oldest community development corporation. Founded in 1967 and lodged in a former Sheffield Farms milk bottling plant, its two boards of directors — one made up of community leaders, the other of professional and business leaders from throughout the city — aimed to rescue Bedford Stuyvesant from the troubles then besieging it. The origins of Restoration are usually attributed to a famous walk through the neighborhood with Senator Robert Kennedy in 1966, but organizing started with a local coalition called the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council, aided by Pratt Institute. Restoration became a model for hundreds of similar groups that followed around the country, and is part of a long history in NYC of coalition building for community improvement. To learn more, log onto Restoration’s website http://www.restorationplaza.org, or read the Place Matters entry in the PlaceExplorer.
  • Saturday, May 12th, 9:30am-5pm, join the free activities celebrating “Brooklyn Rising: The Roots of Modern Brooklyn” — a Neighborhood Day at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Features several panel discussions with activists, historians, reporters, and writers about the revival of Brooklyn neighborhoods in the 1970s and ’80s; a live TV town hall forum led by author Pete Hamill (with call-ins); and a photo exhibit about the era. Record your own “Brooklyn Neighborhood Story” at a special oral history studio. For more about the full day of events, log onto: http://library.brooklyn.cuny.edu/about/initiatives/2007/modern_brooklyn/.