Bed-Stuy Named 'Aging Improvement District'

By DNAinfo Staff on April 28, 2012 5:10pm

An initiative to make New York City more senior-friendly has set its sights on the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, home to more than 13,000 residents 65 or older.

"Age-Friendly NYC," a program created by the Office of the Mayor, the City Council, and the New York Academy of Medicine, named Bedford-Stuyvesant an "Aging Improvement District" – the first AID district in the borough. Two others have been set up in East Harlem and Manhattan's Upper West Side.

The program, which is being run by the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford-Stuyvesant, will provide seats for seniors in supermarket checkout lines, more sidewalk benches, seniors-only hours at area banks to help the elderly learn electronic banking, and other measures to make the neighborhood more navigable for the elderly, the Daily News reported Thursday.

“The community was built on the backs of our seniors,” Melissa Lee, of CIBS, told the Daily News. “It’s important that now they reap the fruits of their labors and are able to age in place.”

The Bedford-Stuyvesant AID program was launched in November 2010, the program's website states.