Bed-Stuy has maintained its essential character even as it welcomes waves of visitors and residents, attracted to the Victorian brownstones lining the streets and new shops and restaurants popping up nearby. But the area hasn’t lost touch with its past; you can still find old-school block parties, street art and historic spots where the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z got their start.
Experience the architecture, restaurants, bars and music clubs in this buzzing Brooklyn neighborhood.
A Bed-Stuy cultural cornerstone since 1972, the 200-seat Billie Holiday Theatre has served as one of the neighborhood's few venues for live theater, focusing on contemporary plays and musicals by Caribbean and African-American writers.
This eclectic bar has a little bit of something for everyone: an absinthe fountain for those who are out for an adventure; a miniature library of books and magazines for thinking types seeking a quieter evening; a dartboard for patrons with traditional pub-night interests; and a backyard patio for those hoping to simply enjoy the nice weather with one of the bar's classic (Sazeracs, old-fashioneds) or seasonally inspired specialty cocktails.
The creation of former Jean Georges chef Justin Bazdarich and casting director Todd Feldman (The Sopranos), Speedy Romeo specializes in Italian classics with a twist, like watermelon gazpacho, tuna confit and steak tartar crostini, and wood-fired pizzas like the “Saint Louie” (Provel, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and pickled chilis) and the “Casey Moore” (baked clams, spinach, Bechamel, and tarragon).