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Billie Holiday Theatre Re-Opening

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After a $4.1 million upgrade, the first renovation in over 40 years,The Billie Holiday Theatre will reopen on May 9th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances during its debut weekend – in time for Mother’s Day.

Hundreds are expected to fill the 200-seat theatre now equipped with a new maple stage, control room, curtains, railings,
seats, lighting, catwalks, riggings, acoustic panels, dressing rooms with showers, air-conditioning, and boiler.

Watch Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Executive Director of Restoration Art, and Dyrnest K. Sinckler, COO and Executive Vice President of Restoration Art discuss the transformation of the Billie Holiday Theatre on BK Live.
For tickets to this week’s performances of “Their Eyes Were Watching God” among others, click here.

Bed-Stuy BID Launches New Site for Biz Owners

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The Bed-Stuy Gateway BID relaunched their website with new resources and opportunities for its 400 business members to maximize their earning potential within the commercial corridor.

The user-friendly online portal offers BID members and area residents a central location to explore the historic Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, local events, leasing and employment opportunities. One of the newest features is the local business coupons designed to incentivize visitors to dine and shop local.

With a new digital home, the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID has a new outlook towards economic development.

Ride and Explore Bedford-Stuyvesant

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Meet your neighbors and explore your neighborhood with Citi Bike! In 2016, the number of Citi Bike rides in Bedford-Stuyvesant more than doubled from 146,000 in 2015 to 319,000.

With 36 stations across the neighborhood, area residents can now ride and dock – anytime and anywhere. This month, Citi Bike and Bed-Stuy Restoration has partnered with Job Plus; Kweli C. and Brooklyn Neighborhood Health Action Center; Council Member Robert Cornegy; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and Interfaith Medical Center.

Every Wednesday and Saturday from February through October, you are invited to take a spin around the neighborhood. Save the date for these upcoming community bike rides on May 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, and the 31st. Our start and end point is Restoration Plaza adjacent to the Applebees. For more information on upcoming events or Street Skills classes, visit https://www.citibikenyc.com/explore/events.

Interested in learning how to ride a bike? Bike New York offers free classes for adults and mature teens across the city. Learn more: http://www.bike.nyc/education/classes/.

Join the United States Postal Service

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Did you know that the United States Postal Service is the second largest employer in the United States? Join a workforce of over 508,000 employees who help process and deliver more than 153.9 billion pieces of mail across the fifty states.

On Wednesday, May 10th from 2PM to 6PM, start the process of becoming a federal employee with free supplication assistance from Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration.

From mail handler to carrier or mechanic to operator, the United States Postal Service has a variety of positions available within Postal Operations. This is your opportunity to invest in yourself and your community by pursuing a rewarding career.

For more information, contact Willie Sanchez at (718) 636-6394 or via email: wsanchez@restorationplaza.org.

5 Hotspots in Bedford-Stuyvesant

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Immerse yourself in the the unique cultural experiences of the African and Caribbean Diaspora.

1. The Billie Holiday Theatre, founded in 1972 by Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, has been graced by renowned actors and artists including Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Allen, Tichina Arnold, and Bill Cobbs. http://thebillieholiday.org/

2. Known as one of the first parks in Brooklyn, Herbert von King Park is the backdrop for summer concerts and year-round performances in the dance studio or the outdoor ampitheater. https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/herbert-von-king-park

3. The Weeksville Heritage Center is Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville – one of America’s first free black communities. http://www.weeksvillesociety.org

4. Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street is better known as “Do the Right Thing Way” in honor of the 1989 Spike Lee film that was filmed on that iconic block.

5. Bedford Hall is a lounge that was custom built by restaurateur Calvin Clark to complement the historic look and feel of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community as a speakeasy mansion and century-old books on the shelves. http://www.bedfordhall.com