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1st Annual Bed-Stuy Alive! Features Three Community Happenings, Oct. 15-16

New Collective to Show Off Community=s Best with Artists= Strut,  
               Restaurant Taste and Annual House Tour
(Brooklyn, NY) On Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16, a consortium of community organizations will play host to an exciting three-part event which will  include the Second Annual Artists= Strut, the First Annual Bedford-Stuyvesant Restaurant Taste and the 27th Annual House Tour of Bedford-Stuyvesant.
The Artists= Strut will display works of local artists in several shops, restaurants and studios around the area. 
The Restaurant Taste will introduce visitors to the great food at some of the community=s diverse eateries. 
The House Tour will again showcase some of the most outstanding residential treasures in the city. All three activities will kick off between 11:00 a.m. and 12 noon.
According to Tohma Faulkner, chairperson of the Bed-Stuy Alive! Collective, AThis exciting venture is our way of showing off  the best of our neighborhood.  This is economic development in action.  We will be  showcasing  a number of outstanding businesses, as well as introducing  our rich  arts scene. We hope that our own neighbors will come out and join in the fun. We invite visitors to shop, eat and see the works of our talented artists.@ The major objective is to help broaden  the  base of regular customers who come to Bedford-Stuyvesant for goods, services and leisure activities.
While feverishly putting the finishing touches on his new restaurant, Bushbaby, Milton Jemmott   said, AI think the Restaurant Taste is a great idea.  Other neighborhoods have done it, and I am glad to see that small business owners in our own community are willing to take part. In addition to new enterprises like Bushbaby, the Taste is designed to shine the spotlight on long-established restaurants like Ricky=s Eatwell and the Royal Rib House.  The restaurants represent a rich cross-section of cultures that reflect the diversity of the community. Other eateries in the Taste of Bed-Stuy include: Bread-Stuy, Lewis and Ruby, Buccoo=s Reef, Shakoor=s Sweet Tooth,     Linbert=s International Restaurant, New Millennium, Juke Joint Juice Jaffe, Subway, Sugarhill Restaurant, Yolele African Bistro and Madison Cafeteria.  Some restaurants may be open for breakfast, but all will be offering everything from inexpensive take-out treats to full sit-down meals at reasonable prices.  Many will have outside tables and chairs set up especially for the day. 
The Second  Annual Studio Strut,   sponsored by the Bedford-Stuyvesant Artists= Association, brings the art to the people.  Visitors can see works on display in the Macon Branch Library, Ibo Landing, Misu, Brownstone Books, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Bread-Stuy, Carver Federal Savings Bank, Leroy=s Framing and Gift Shop, Freestyle Kids, Retreat, Victorian Antiques and Mind, Body and Soul. Fedrecia Hartley, a BESAA founder, explained that the members of her organization are proud to live and work in Bedford-Stuyvesant. AWe are the next generation in a long line of artists who are responsible for the community=s unique cultural heritage. This is a free event so that everybody can take part.@ The Studio Strut  continues on Sunday, October 16th.
In order to make it easy for people to find the art venues and restaurants,  maps will be available at all participating sites. There will also be Bed-Stuy Information Stations set up in front of the Restoration Complex on Fulton Street, at the corners of Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue, and  Lewis Avenue and Decatur Street.  House Tour guests will be given maps at the high school. 
The Bed-Stuy Alive! Collective is a group of  local community-based organizations and civic groups that have banded together in order to promote the best of Bed-Stuy.  T Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc.;  the Bedford-Stuyvesant Artists= Association, Bridge Street Development Corporation and Community Board 3. Major  funding is being provided by Council member Albert Vann and local artist TRUE.
For more information on the Restaurant Strut and Studio Street, call the Community Board at (718) 622-6601.  For information on the House Tour, call 718 574-1979.

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