Here are a few things to know about Brooklyn Heights:
Located in the northern section of the borough of Brooklyn, Bedford-Stuyvesant (/*bdf*rd*sta*v*s*nt/) is a neighborhood referred to as Bed-Stuy. As it runs east–west through the neighborhood and intersects high-volume north–south streets including Bedford Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, and Stuyvesant Avenue, Bedford–Stuyvesant is bordered to the north by Flushing Avenue (which borders Williamsburg), to the west by Classon Avenue (which borders Clinton Hill), and to the east by Broadway (which borders Bushwick and East New York). The main shopping street is Fulton Street that runs east–west through the neighborhood. Stuyvesant Heights, Weeksville, and Ocean Hill (which are also parts of Crown Heights) are all smaller neighborhoods within Bedford-Stuyvesant. Bedford-Stuyvesant used to include parts of Clinton Hill.
There are approximately 8,800 structures built before 1900 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, making it the largest collection of Victorian architecture in the nation. During the 1890s and 1910s, the upper middle class expanded and these homes were constructed for them. Architectural details within these homes include brackets, quoins, fluting, finials, and elaborate friezes and cornice bands that adorn the interiors.
Brooklyn’s African American community has been centered in this neighborhood since the late 1930s. In 1936, African Americans fled Harlem for Bedford-Stuyvesant because the Fulton Street subway line (A and C trains) enabled them to live in more spacious housing. East New York, Crown Heights, Brownsville, and Fort Greene are some of the Brooklyn neighborhoods that have moved from Bedford-Stuyvesant since then.