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Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

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Community development corporation founded in 1967 and still active today

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Bedford- Stuyvesant
Institution, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Education

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Founded in 1967, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC) was the nation's first community development corporation, and was a model for hundreds of similar groups that followed around the country. In its local community, the BSRC has served as a linchpin organization, providing a vast array of services and building community capacity through its focus on economic, physical and social progress for Bedford-Stuyvesant.


The community organizing efforts of a broadbased coalition, the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council, aided by Pratt Institute, laid the groundwork for the BSRC. Many of these activists accompanied Senator Robert F. Kennedy on his historic 1966 walking tour of Bedford-Stuyvesant. They challenged him to take action to improve the beleaguered neighborhood, not just study its problems. The BSRC was initially funded through a bi-partisan congressional "Special Impact Program." Moving quickly, in 1967 the newly formed BSRC purchased a full city block of industrial buildings on Fulton...

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Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. "Restoration: Investing in the Life of Our Community." Brochure.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. "Building a New Bedford-Stuyvesant: A Report for the Fiscal Years 1969-7--71."

Borders, William. "Mrs. Kennedy Tours 'Superblocks' Renovated in Bedford-Stuyvesant." New York Times, October 31, 1969.

New York Times. "Bedford-Stuyvesant Renewal: A Spurt in the Local Economy." June 7, 1987.

Roberts, Steven V. "Brooklyn Ghetto Given $7-Million Federal Regeneration Grant." New York Times, June 25, 1967.

Roberts, Steven V. "City Seeking End to Poverty Split." New York Times, April 8, 1967.

Shirey, David L. "Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Center Is Bringing Art to Its Community." New York Times, October 19, 1975.

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Mildred Clarke

This was the site of the Old Sheffield Milk Factory and now is houses, banks, cultural centers etc.

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