On Saturday, The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant will hold its 42nd Annual Bedford Stuyvesant House Tour & Scholarship Fundraiser.
Adjusting to the pandemic, the event will be moved online and will be hosted by Brownstoner Monique Greenwood (owner/innkeeper of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns and star of Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Checked Inn” reality TV show.)
This year, the tour will showcase six architectural gems in the neighborhood, including a fully remodeled, previously abandoned Brownstone; a modern urban rooftop; and a glamping garden.
Over its 40 year history, the event has attracted thousands of visitors and has allowed The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant to collaborate with residents, business owners, local politicians, educators and community-based organizations to support, showcase and rejuvenate the community.
Despite the pandemic, the organization pushed ahead with this year’s event to support college-bound youth and their families who have been academically and financially impacted by COVID-19.
Proceeds from the house tour will go to Bernard McDonald/George Glee Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Joan E. Maynard Scholarship Fund. Both funds award college-bound graduates from Boys and Girls High School and Brooklyn Academy, respectively.
During the virtual tour, homeowners will show their homes, talk about renovations, design choices, cost and the neighborhood, and will share tips ranging from small repairs jobs to large renovation projects, House Tour Chairperson Marguerita Fletcher said.
The organization’s theme is Preserving Our Legacy Through Challenging Times, and the goal of the house tours is to introduce and reintroduce Bed-Stuy as a viable place to live, work, own a business and raise a family, the organization said in a press release.
Ticketholders are able to attend a first time homeowner workshop presented by The Bedford Central Community Development Corporation. A panel of experts will discuss a variety of resources to facilitate homeownership.
Tickets to the event are $15 and are available here.