Why I love... Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
A TONY staffer explains her obsession with this NYC neighborhood.
Tue Sep 22 2009
Copy editor Dara Stewart is a Long Island girl, born and bred. But when she decided it was time to move cityward seven years ago, there was only one place she wanted to live: Bed-Stuy. "I love the hip, urban, gritty, but not seedy feel of the neighborhood," she says. "You can find any type of West Indian or African food, music, oils or clothing you might be looking for on Fulton Street. After I started a family, I gravitated toward the more family-friendly part of town, Stuyvesant Heights, with its historic homes, manicured blocks and great parks."
Her favorite bars and restaurants
Peaches (393 Lewis Ave at Macdonough St; 718-942-4162, peachesbrooklyn.com) "Mmmm. Catfish and grits."
Tiny Cup Cafe (301 Clifton Pl at Nostrand Ave, 718-399-9200) "I love breakfast. Especially Tiny Cup's breakfast. Delectable pancakes, toothsome omelettes and breakfast panini, and tasty baked goods.... It also offers some great-looking sandwiches and salads for lunch, and has free Wi-Fi and cute picnic tables to sit at."
Her favorite places to hang
Brownstone Books (409 Lewis Ave between Decatur and Macdonough Sts; 718-953-7328, brownstonebooks.com) "Brownstone has a great selection of multicultural books, especially for kids. In addition to regular author appearances and events and a monthly poetry-reading night, the store holds a well-attended story time for children every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon."
Bread Stuy (403 Lewis Ave between Decatur and Macdonough Sts; 718-771-0633, breadstuy.com) "Neighboring Bread Stuy has free Wi-Fi, making it the perfect place to take your laptop and get some work done while noshing on a yummy sweet treat and coffee (that is, if you can nab a coveted table in the small joint)."