Bedford-Stuyvesant, known as Bed-Stuy for short, boasts a tight-knit community who take pride in the neighborhood’s historic residential architecture. Below are some Bed-Stuy highlights…and don’t miss our dining in Bed-Stuy article for more options.

Akwaaba Mansion Bed & Breakfast is a quaint b&b that looks like it should be in small town U.S.A., but it’s located right in the heart of Bed-Stuy. Akwaaba offers four guest rooms, each differently decorated and with private bathrooms. There is a guest library, TV and game room, a garden, glassed-in sun porch, and a shaded courtyard. The owners serve up a Southern breakfast every morning, as well as afternoon tea and refreshments.

7 Arlington Place | via PropertyShark

7 Arlington Place (GMAP)
7 Arlington Place is the famed Bed-Stuy townhouse where Spike Lee shot Crooklyn in 1994. The film takes place during the summer of 1974 and centers around a family interacting within the neighborhood. The theatrical release poster features the family all gathered on the brownstone stoop. But the neighborhood has dramatically changed since Spike Lee lived here: this Bed-Stuy brownstone last sold for $1.7 million.

The Pastrami sandwich at David’s Brisket House | Lex X. via Yelp

David’s Brisket House
The pastrami sandwich is considered a New York classic, and they do it just right at David’s Brisket House. The sandwiches, stuffed with either pastrami, brisket, or corned beef (best ordered on rye), are the real deal, and a real bargain compared to more famous pastrami joints. This is a nice casual lunch spot for your afternoon in Bed-Stuy.

Everything that you need for the kidsPipsqueak Children’s Shoppe via Facebook

Pipsqueak Children’s Shoppe
This locally-operated shop offers just about anything kid-related, including everything you’ll need for newborns. You’ll find a variety of toys, clothes, feeding supplies, and baby gear. There’s also a selection of organic items like infant clothing and skin care products. The folks at Pipsqueak strive to offer quality products at affordable price points. They also host a number of activities and workshops for children.

Green velvet topped with Hazulnut Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting| Brooklyn Baby Cakes’ Facebook

Brooklyn Baby Cakes
Brooklyn Baby Cakes specializes in cupcakes that are made to order from scratch. Their list of flavors is deliciously long, including such favorites  as Dulce de Leche, Red Velvet, German Chocolate, Carrot, Coconut, and Lemon. You can pick up a single cupcake from the store, or put in a larger order for pick up or delivery.

Simply Polished | via Facebook

Simply Polished
This cute and cozy salon promises hygiene, quality, and attentive customer service. They’re also open to customer suggestions, so if you’ve got a new type of manicure you’d like to try, ask them. A manicure costs $12, and a pedicure costs $23. The salon also does lots of nail treatment, waxing, and half- and one-hour massages. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated.

The famous Tip Top jukebox | Jeremy P. via Yelp

Tip Top Bar and Grill
This place, and its jukebox, are Bed-Stuy institutions. Cheap drinks, a back patio, and a deep selection of soul and R&B combine for a night (or lazy afternoon) to remember.

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