BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Bed-Stuy’s culture and history take center stage this fall with the return of an annual neighborhood celebration.
Bed-Stuy Alive! spotlights the community and its residents starting with festivities beginning on Oct. 8 in an effort to promote the “unique heritage and diversity of the people,” according to organizers.
An all-day Gala Kick-Off Street Festival will take over Fulton Street between Brooklyn and New York avenues, including a children’s village, food court from local chefs and a market place.
“The essence behind Bed-Stuy Alive! is promoting and lifting up what has been the heart of the growth of our neighborhood, that this is really a community that’s working together,” said Brenda Fryson, vice chair of the event.
“We revere culture, we revere our history, we revere our vital business community, so Bed-Stuy Alive! sort of wraps up those wonderful things in one great big bundle of celebration.”
During the kick-off, three area residents will receive the Tohma Y. Faulkner Award to be honored for their work in the community.
“This is always a very moving and uplifting program,” Stephanie Faulkner Brabham, chairperson for Bed-Stuy Alive!, said in a statement.
“We hope our neighbors will come out to say thank you to those champions who have done so much for Bedford-Stuyvesant.”
Among this year’s honorees are an Arts and Culture Trailblazer, Economic Development Trailblazer and New Entrepreneur, and an Outstanding Educator.
The event’s theme is “Women of Strength, Courage and Honor,” Fryson added.
A music festival will also bring tunes to Fulton Street for the 10th Annual Restoration Rocks!, followed by a Soul Summit House Music Party.
A month of events will follow the Oct. 8 kick-off with free fitness classes, community bike rides, resource services, a neighborhood brownstone tour, weekly jazz performances, and more.
For more information on Bed-Stuy Alive! and a schedule of events, visit the website here.