Historic Brownstone Walking Tour Returns to Bed-Stuy

By Paul DeBenedetto on August 13, 2014 8:33am 

 The Bed-Stuy Brownstoners are offering tours of some of the classic homes around Stuyvesant Heights.
The Bed-Stuy Brownstoners are offering tours of some of the classic homes around Stuyvesant Heights.
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Landmarks Preservation Commission

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Homeowners in historic Bed-Stuy brownstones will open their doors to the public again this year as an annual community house tour returns to showcase the neighborhood's iconic housing stock.

The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant on Tuesday announced their 36th annual house tour, which gives would-be homeowners and fans of classic architecture a peek inside the elegant homes.

The tour showcases the neighborhood's classic brownstone and limestone architecture and offers up tips to homeowners on renovation, restoration and maintenance of historic homes.

In addition to the walking tour, vistors can also take part in a free home ownership workshop from Bridge Street Development Corporation, mingle with vendors and artists at the "Bed-Stuy Bazaar" and take part in the annual Bed-Stuy Alive! festival.

The tour kicks off at Boys and Girls High School, on Fulton Street near Stuyvesant Avenue, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.

Much of the walking tour takes place inside the Stuyvesant Heights historic district, which was designated in 1971 and expanded last year.

The district features row houses built over a 50-year period in the 1800s, made of brick, brownstone and limestone, as well as larger four-story apartment houses built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, according to the Historic Districts Council.

The 825-building district almost tripled in size last year, a victory for preservationists like the Brownstoners who are also pushing for two other historic districts in the neighborhood: the Bedford historic district currently under consideration to the west and Stuyvesant East.

Tickets for the 36th Annual House Tour of Bedford Stuyvesant are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Brooklyn Swirl, 445 Marcus Garvey Boulevard

Bed-Vyne Wine, 370 Tompkins Ave.

Peace & Riot, 492 Nostrand Ave.

Tickets will also be available Bed-Stuy Alive! Gala Kickoff, Oct. 11 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Fulton Street between Marcy and New York avenues.

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