Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City
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Bedford-Stuyvesant (also known as Bed-Stuy) is a neighborhood in the central portion of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is part of Brooklyn Community Board 3 and they define the boundaries from Flushing Avenue on the north, Broadway and Saratoga Avenue on the east, to Atlantic Avenue on the south, and Classon Avenue on the west. It is officially bordered by Flushing Avenue (On the Williamsburg border) to Classon Avenue (bordering Clinton Hill) to Atlantic/Kingston Avenues to Eastern Parkway (bordering Crown Heights), crossing over to Pitkin Avenue (also bordering Crown Heights), to East New York Avenue (Bordering Brownsville), and Van Sinderen Avenue (bordering East New York). Over the years, it has been the cultural center for Brooklyn's African American population. This has occurred since the 1930s when Blacks left an overcrowded Harlem upon the opening of a new subway line and more housing availability in Brooklyn. From BedStuy, Blacks have since moved into and became the predominate ethnic group in surrounding areas of Brooklyn such as East New York, Brownsville, Canarsie and Crown Heights.
Bedford-Stuyvesant in the popular media
Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of the neighborhoods in New York City (including Harlem of the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age, the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, the East Village, Greenwich Village, Coney Island, Boro Park and Flatbush) to possess an identity and culture that is known to audiences outside of New York City.
Bedford-Stuyvesant's prominent neighborhood identity is due in part to the neighborhood's portrayal in a variety of popular media. Director Spike Lee has prominently featured the streets and brownstone blocks of Bedford-Stuyvesant in his films, including Do The Right Thing (1989) and Crooklyn (1994). Chris Rock's UPN (later CW) television sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris, portrays Rock's life growing up as a teenager in Bedford-Stuyvesant in 1983. Billy Joel's 1980s hit single, "You May Be Right" mentions the neighborhood with the lyrics "I was stranded in the combat zone / I walked through Bedford-Stuy alone / even rode my motorcycle in the rain" when discussing crazy things the singer had done in his life. The neighborhood was also the setting of Dave Chappelle's 2004 documentary Block Party, in which Chappelle and many prominent Rap and Soul artists performed an impromptu concert at the Broken Angel house.
A large number of well-known rap, R&B and hip-hop artists have come out of Bedford-Stuyvesant, including such notables as Deemi,Aaliyah, The Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Big Daddy Kane, Lil Kim, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Maino, Fabolous, and Papoose.
In "Scan," an episode of the television show Prison Break, fugitive Fernando Sucre flees to Bedford-Stuyvesant to meet his friend, only to find out that his sweetheart will be getting married in Las Vegas.
In Billy Joel's song, You May Be Right, there is a reference to how Joel "walked through Bedford-Stuy alone" in a list of irresponsible actions such as riding his motorcycle in the rain and driving under the influence.
In a YouTube.com video , a little girl haunts a house on Bainbridge St. It was accepted to the 2007 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
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