Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bed Stuy Alive! Street Festival Is Decidedly Different

What do you say to a street festival that puts the Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant yards away from a stage ablaze with the best in Afro Punk? One may say, ‘smart,’ when you know that the Brownstoners are one the sponsors of the weeklong Bed Stuy Alive! 2008. Reggie Shell, founding member of the Brownstoners says, “Bedford-Stuyvesant has always been a great place to live and raise a family. We have a [solid] community.” Bed Stuy Alive! is about beckoning people home to Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The street festival played on Fulton Street between Marcy and Brooklyn Avenues, Saturday, October 11, from 9:00 am to 5:30 PM. Vendors fascinated shoppers with their decidedly distinctive wares. Beauloni Headpieces and Accessories sold beautiful tiaras made of freshwater pearls crystal, cowry shell and beads. Kids enjoyed the Parks Department’s mobile unit. They played with Playstation Dance Revolution, Nok Hockey, and Wii Sports.

Rather than rap or gospel, Co-emcee and president of Black Rock Coalition Laronda Davis introduced such rock bands as ’68, Funk Face, and Faith. While the neighborhood had mixed reactions to the rock guitar and vocals, People like WBAI’s Esther Armah were in a deep groove. Can this music be the beat of the community’s changing socio-demographics?
Bed Stuy Alive! 2008 continues through Sat, Oct 18, 2008. Events include the Bed Stuy 10K Race, Sunday, Oct 12, Restaurant Taste October 11 – 18, and the Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant House Tour, Sat, October 18.

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