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Bed-Stuy BID Announces New Executive Director

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The Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (Bed-Stuy BID) , a public-private partnership created to stimulate economic development and improve the overall quality of life for merchants, residents, and patrons within BedStuy since 2009, has announced the appointment of Medina Sadiq as its new Executive Director.  Medina will fill the vacancy created by Michael Lambert’s departure in February to join the office of the NYC Comptroller, Scott Stringer.  The decision was made after an extensive search and selection process, during which Medina served as the Interim Executive Director for the organization.

“We are very pleased and excited to announce this appointment,” reported Joyce Turner, owner of Cross Boro Business Services, and the BID’s Board Chair.  “Medina will bring leadership and creativity needed for the BID’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our business community here in Bed-Stuy. She has served organizations at various executive and leadership levels, and has a breadth of new perspective and experience.”


Medina’s resume includes over 30 years of executive planning, administration,and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector.  She holds a Juris Doctorate degree conferred by Northeastern University School of Law.  Since 1985, Medina has dedicated herself to social and economic justice.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sadiq worked as a Project Officer at the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA. Immediately after Law School, she became the Founder and Executive Director of A Better Bronx For Youth Consortium, a CBO that provided technical and financial assistance to Bronx youth serving organizations that did not have such access.  After developing programs that reached thousands of Bronx youth, Ms. Sadiq went on to serve as the CEO of a community based security service with over 700 employees. Medina later spent some time in the Caribbean where she honed her craft in the area of economic development and commercial revitalization. There she brought entrepreneurs from various island nations to develop joint business ventures.


In 2008, Ms. Sadiq went on to be the founding Executive Director of the Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District.  There Ms. Sadiq was extremely successful at improving that commercial corridor and made it into a local destination. Continuing to strengthen urban commercial districts, Medina has moved on to become the Executive Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Business Improvement District.


“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the area’s merchants and organizations in this new capacity,” remarks Medina.  “I am dedicated to this sector because it provides vital services, cultural enrichment and economic growth to our community — this BID plays a key role in supporting it.”


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Bed-Stuy Fights Rat Infestation With New Trash Cans

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The primary mission of the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID is to keep the commercial district clean, safe, and attractive to shoppers. The district is comprised of more than 400 small businesses along the Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue commercial corridor. Within Brooklyn and throughout the City of New York, residents and business owners have had to face the same issue – the infestation of rats.  As a result, sanitation will continue to remain at the top of our priority list. Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $32 million neighborhood rat reduction plan targeting Bedford-Stuyvesant among other areas with the highest activity. From new solar-powered trash compactors and frequent trash pick-ups to new legislation for better trash management and increased enforcement, we can look forward to cleaner streets.  Ten of these solar powered garbage cans, also known as Big Bellies, will be sited throughout the BID in September 2017.

Starbucks Coming to Bed Stuy!

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Coffee lovers rejoice! With the first ever Starbucks in Bedford-Stuyvesant slated to open in 2018, you will no longer have to travel far for a latte, frappucino, or macchiatto. The new store, sited for the intersection of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Broadway, will serve as both a cafe and training ground for local, unemployed and out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 who are interested in developing their entry-level skillset. This unique combination of offerings will help create new opportunities over the next ten years that will further the mission of the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID by bolstering the economic development of our community. Whether you need a shot of espresso or a quick bite, the 2,500 square foot Starbucks will be designed to help you recharge daily. Let the countdown begin as we await the sweet aromas of freshly brewed coffee and iced tea during the grand opening of our very own coffee headquarters at 774 Broadway.

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