Brooklyn Brownstoners Tour

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[Business News]

The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant, one of the neighborhoods most active civic organizations, held its 30th annual House Tour and Bazaar Saturday, October 18.

Themed “Honoring Our Founders: The Legacy Continues,” proud brownstoners used this years event to pay tribute to its founding members Brenda Fryson, Reginald Shell, Clarence Jones and Clara McDonald, widower of the late Bernard McDonald.  Current President, Renee Turner Gregory thanked these visionaries for their leadership and commitment while borough President Marty Markowitz encouraged attending residence to continue to invest in Bedford Stuyvesant.

Prior to the kick off of the self guided house tour, visitors were able to participate in a Homeownership Workshop where they received professional advice and resources on surviving the current economy, how to maintain their current home and buying smart.  The annual Bed Stuy Bazaar was also in full swing offering a variety of arts and crafts while showcasing various neighborhood goods and services.

The highlight of the day was the house tour which historically draws thousands of visitors from all over offering the housing enthusiasts a sneak peek into some of New York’s most lavishly restored brownstone homes.  This year participants were not disappointed as they took to the tree lined blocks to personally experience the luxury and sophistication of Bed Stuy living as expressed in 10 homes and garden featured in this year’s house tour. The tour, which included traditional renovated and restored homes; modern décor, Victorian and African-infused designs and aesthetics, was an invaluable experience for homeowners and homebuyers alike as it provided the opportunity to speak directly to homeowners and learn more about restoration, landscaping, general maintenance and other practicalities of owning a brownstone.

The mission of The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant, Inc, which has been operating for 30 years, is to faithfully serve this Brooklyn community; Dedicated not only to instilling pride in Bed-Stuy residents, this non-profit, volunteer civic organization has performed a variety of community services which span from literacy programs to their annual Tax Lien Project. In fact, proceeds from the house tour will benefit the McDonald/Glee Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to college bound graduates of Boys and Girls High School. The Joan Maynard Scholarship is also benefited, which awards college bound graduates of the Historic Boys High School.

Keith L. Forest is a freelance publicist, writer and proud Bedford-Stuyvesant home owner who lives and works in the beloved community.  His current blog space  seeks to celebrate the people and places that make up this great community while addressing issues such as gentrification, predatory lending and other ill norms that seek to exploit, discredit and harm the area and its people.  

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