This Sunday, April 28, Bridge Street Development Corporation, CIBS and other partners will celebrate the 4th Annual Empowerment Sunday at more than 30 participating churches in Central Brooklyn.
Clergy at participating churches will deliver a unified message of financial and spiritual empowerment while organization representatives will provide information on the free resources available to the community to help build and sustain wealth.
In a community meeting on Saturday, the Interfaith leadership and members of the Bed-Stuy Works Alliance of Block and Tenant Associations, came together to discuss how to repair and strengthen the relationship of the hospital with the surrounding community. The alliance, an organization of about 70 block and tenant associations, have been participating in once-a-month training sessions– conducted by the Bridge Street Development Association and funded by Councilman Al Vann–on how to turn their individual complaints into community-wide agendas for change.
The following profile on Bridge Street Development Corporation was published in the Fall 2012 issue of the DDC Journal.
As a faith-based non-profit organization, Bridge Street Development Corporation works to form partnerships with businesses, government agencies and other community stakeholders to offer civic and economic opportunities for central Brooklyn residents.
According to Kenneth Mbonu, the Bed-Stuy boulevard is poised for economic growth.
A lot of businesses along Malcolm X Boulevard have closed because of the recession, according to Kenneth Mbonu, director of economic development at Bridge Street Development Corporation.
In fact, before the recession, a staggering 30 percent of the buildings along Malcolm X Boulevard – a street that runs north-south along the eastern end of Bed-Stuy – were either closed down, condemned or abandoned.
The Board of Directors of Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) announced today that they have appointed Emilio Dorcely, who until now held the position of Chief Operating Officer, as the organization’s Acting President & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dorcely succeeds Rhonda A. Lewis, who resigned at the end of 2011 after more than a decade at the helm of BSDC. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Dorcely had already assumed most of the day to day responsibilities of running the organization upon Ms. Lewis’ departure.
Senior citizens are learning to surf at Bridge Street’s Quincy Senior Residences—surf the internet, that is! Through a continuing partnership with Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) offers Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Computing classes for older adults throughout the year. The goal of the classes is to empower and support older adults in living successful, independent lives by using technology to connect them to resources, services, communities, and one another.
The construction of Noel Pointer Court, Bridge Street Development Corporation’s (BSDC) newest, 23-unit, affordable housing building at 790 Lafayette Avenue, is now 80% complete, with all major construction work done and all mechanical systems installed.
On Thursday, June 21, Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) hosted nearly seventy concerned community residents, business owners, and representatives from local nonprofit organizations at Fashion Rock Hall for Mapping the Road Ahead: Living in a Rapidly Changing Community.
On Saturday, June 16, more than 300 people flocked under the tent at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza for Bridge Street Development Corporation’s third annual Fresh Start Home Resource Expo, emceed by WWRL radio’s morning show host, Mark Riley.
On November 5, 2011 at Boys and Girls High School, Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC), in recognition of National Family Caregivers Awareness Month, hosted our first Family Caregivers Awareness Day, a daylong event meant to thank, support, educate and empower the numerous, unsung family caregivers of Central Brooklyn. Family caregivers are people who provide for the physical and psychological well-being of older parents, chronically ill spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones unable to fully care for themselves.
On Tompkins Avenue near the corner of Hancock, pampered clients spend the afternoon receiving pedicures, facials, massages, haircuts, and more. Some also opt for the flea and tick dip. At The New Bed-Stuy Animal Spa, owner Joseph Foster has been beautifying Bed-Stuy’s beloved pets for more than 13 years and, with assistance from BSDC, his family business has thrived.
In 2006, after saving every dollar she could from her earnings as a retail manager with a national department store, Sharon was finally able to make one of her life’s dreams come true by purchasing a two-family home. She delighted in being a homeowner—whether it was painting and redecorating, planting flowers, fixing a leaky sink, or otherwise making the house her own, she knew she was investing in her future and adding to the value of her home. She rented out the second unit in the house, the income from which covered about half of her monthly mortgage payments.
Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC), a mainstay of affordable housing in Central Brooklyn, recently broke ground on Noel Pointer Court, a new residential building at 790 Lafayette Avenue that will provide twenty-three apartments to low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
Bridge Street Development Corporation was featured in the NY Daily News in an article about our successful transformation of 300 Putnam Avenue from a neglected, crime-ridden apartment building into 300 Joshua Court, a clean, safe home with 52 units, solar paneling and eco-friendly building materials.