Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York
A 15 minute drive from Manhattan’s towering financial district takes you into the heart of Brooklyn, to the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, better known as Bed-Stuy.
Located in Kings County, New York, Bed-Stuy was once called the largest ghetto in the nation. The area is gentrifying quickly, but as rental prices rise, poverty remains rampant in many neighborhoods.
- 35% of individuals live below the poverty line, and the number of households with incomes below the poverty line is up 13% since the end of the recession.
- Gentrification has also brought greater income disparity to the area; the median income for new residents is $50,200, compared with $28,000 for long-term residents.
In Brooklyn overall:
- 30% of children under 18 live in food insecure households.
- Almost 22% of all residents live below the poverty line.
Bed-Stuy’s population is 62% African-American, 18% white and 14.5% Hispanic; the area is home to many recent immigrants to the United States.
Family-to-Family’s community partner here is the The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH), a Super Pantry and social service agency that provides food and other vital assistance to more than 9,000 needy New Yorkers each month.
Rev. Melony Samuels
The Campaign Against Hunger
2010 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11233
To learn more about the hardships facing the Bedford-Stuyvesant community:
- Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy experiences big economic turnaround, but poverty and crime remain a concern
- Despite Gentrification of Bed Stuy, Poverty Still on the Rise
Data Source: Snapshot of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Neighborhood Office of the NYS Comptroller; United States Census Bureau Poverty Estimates (2017)