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"Building on our dream" is the theme of the 26th annual Bedford-Stuyvesant house tour, which showcases both meticulously restored brownstones and those turn-of-the-century architectural gems still in the renovation process. With new shops blooming on the main drag of Lewis Avenue, the neighborhood has been undergoing a renaissance, so the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant (the non-profit group organizing the tour) want Brooklynites to see first-hand how homeowners can help turn a place around.

"The theme reflects the hope and dreams that we have for our neighborhood," says Brenda Fryson, president of Brownstoners. "We want to encourage people to stay and bring young families in."

The self-guided tour departs from the Brooklyn Academy High School, at 832 Marcy Ave. at Putnam Avenue, beginning at 11 am on Sept. 16, with 10 homes to visit. Houses close promptly at 4 pm.

Also inside the school, there will be a homebuyers’ seminar at 9 am, as well as a bazaar of crafts and home decor goods, from 10 am to 4 pm. Proceeds from the tour help fund a number of neighborhood initiatives, including scholarships and adult literacy programs.

Tickets are $20, available in advance or on the day of the tour at Brownstone Books, 409 Lewis Ave. between Decatur and MacDonough streets, (718) 953-7328; The Juke Joint Juice Jaffe, 1585 Fulton St. between Albany Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard, (718) 778-0777; and Lewis Gallery, 525 Atlantic Ave. between Third and Fourth avenues, (718) 624-8372. For more information visit the Web site events_housetour.html.

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Andre Mille from Bed-Stuy says:
This is a wonderful event. I just so happen to be talking to a City MTA Bus driver, about how Brooklyn has the best Brownstones. He said yeah, but did u know there's a yearly tour of the brownstones in Bed-Stuy. I said really? Unfortunetly i missed it this year, but i will be buying my ticket early for next year. CAN'T WAIT!!!
Sept. 23, 2011, 6:27 am

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