The Bed-Stuy Blog has been around for 4¼ years. When I started the blog I did it because at the time I felt that Bed-Stuy’s blog presence was non-existent. That’s not totally true. Bed-Stuy was being mentioned on blogs, but it was often by people whose only knowledge of Bed-Stuy came from that one time back in the 10th grade when they rented “Do the Right Thing” from Blockbuster. Now, times have changed. I’m seeing Bed-Stuy being blogged about the way it should be, and as such it’s time for the Bed-Stuy Blog to end.
I absolutely hate long goodbyes, but I do have some people to thank.
First I need to thank everyone who was a contributing writer for the blog. No matter how many (or how few) posts you wrote for the blog, I was grateful for your contribution. Among the Bed-Stuy Blog reporters, there are four who deserve a special mention because of the size of their contribution to the blog. I want to thank Joanna (aka Alexa11221) who worked on the blog pretty much from the start, and who offered lots of great posts. Many thanks to Kel (aka The Progressive Southside), who came to the blog after writing his own neighborhood blog in Queens. He moved into Bed-Stuy and began churning out some of the most interesting stories about the things going on in the southwest part of the neighborhood. Kel has kept me laughing since the day I met him. I also want to thank Rosie (aka Inquisigal) for her stunning photos of Bed-Stuy residents as well as her hilarious only-in-Bed-Stuy tales. I also appreciate her taking me along for her pub crawl posts. Of course I’d like to thank Michael Corley of Corley Realty Group and My Brooklyn Report. Michael’s posts on real estate in Bed-Stuy sparked some of the liveliest conversations on the blog. And last but not least, I also have to thank all of the people who sent in tips. You were the ones who helped us keep our fingers on the pulse of the community.
I gotta send a huge thanks to Carmen de Jesus (aka Zengine) who set up this blog for me. I came to Carmen and told her that I wanted to blog about Bed-Stuy and she put together the site for me and began to teach me more than I ever wanted to know about how things work on the back end.
Thanks to all of the businesses that advertised on the site. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the biggest business supporters, Irving Boyce-el of Ironwork NY and Nikima Frenche of Le Chateau de Frenche Day Spa and Private Tea Room.
And finally, thanks to the readers! I’ve met so many of you through this blog. I enjoyed getting to know you and learning about the neighborhood from you.
Even though the Bed-Stuy Blog will be no more, I’m leaving you in capable hands. If you’re not already reading these blogs, then you should check them out. They’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on in Bed-Stuy:
I’m not sure when (or if) I’ll take the Bed-Stuy Blog down, but you can be sure that it won’t be anytime soon. Keep us in your reader, because, who knows, after spending some time in non-blogger mode, I just might decide to start blogging again.
Wanna know what I’ll be doing with all of the extra time I’ll have now that I’m no longer blogging? I’ll be spending it offline. Enjoying the neighborhood.
Petra (aka The Changeling)