Bedford-Stuyvesant

Photos by Paul Frangipane

Bedford-Stuyvesant is the largest black neighborhood in New York City and became what it is today through years of grassroots efforts.

Busy Fulton Street is filled with passing cars but this dancer doesn’t seem to mind.

Men converse outside a mosque on Fulton Street.

The busy intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Fulton Street.

A mural of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. on the side of a building off Bedford Avenue pays homage to the rapper that put the neighborhood on the map for many and gave the youth of Brooklyn the gift of rap as a political tool.

A child douses herself in a fountain at Herbert von King Park.

Hattie Carthan, a grassroots organizer who helped revitalize Bed-Stuy, inspired the creation of a landmarked environmental and cultural center with the Magnolia Grandiflora tree at its heart.

The landmarked Bridge Street African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest African-American church in Brooklyn. The church is generally known to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The Stuyvesant Heights section of the neighborhood holds some of the longest sections of historic brick and limestone houses in Brooklyn. The area was designated a historic district in 1971.

The sun shines through the trees of Bed-Stuy.

The former St. John’s College.

Pedestrians walk in front of a mural near the eastern border of the neighborhood.

The Bed-Stuy streets are covered with street art.

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