Wondering who lives in Bedford Stuyvesant? How long they’ve lived here? What they do for fun? How they make a living? What they like about Bed Stuy? Dislike about Bed Stuy?
“Meet Your Neighbors” will be an on-going Bed Stuy blog feature, introducing you to other people who live or work in Bedford Stuyvesant. Ready to meet a new neighbor?
Name: James C. Breland
Resides: Jefferson Avenue between Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues
Age: 76 years old
Born: St George, South Carolina
Cultural or ethnic heritage: southern United States, South Carolina
Lives with: Wife
Years lived in Bed Stuy: 57 years total in Bed Stuy, 48 years at current residence.
Renter or home owner: Home owner, of a three story limestone
Important aspects of your home and the community: My home is comfortable and the community is peaceful and quiet.
Do you participate in community events?: Yes.
What did you do for a living?: N.Y.C.T.A bus operator.
Did you enjoy your work?: Yes.
What are some of your favorite hobbies?: Bowling and fishing.
What is your favorite household chore?: None.
What would you change about the neighborhood if you could? Nothing.
On average, how much time do you spend in Manhattan?: Very little.
Are you religious, and if yes, do you attend local worship services?: Yes and yes.
How does your religion effect your life or your identity? None at all.
Photography by Bed Stuy resident and photographer Rosie McCobb. To see more of Rosie’s work, click here or visit her website at: www.pbase.com/mccobb1969