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Longtime Bed-Stuy residents feel alienated after promotional video highlights gentrification

Posted at 10:53 PM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-26 00:02:16-04

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn -- Some Bedford-Stuyvesant residents are upset after the release of a real estate company’s promotional video aimed at attracting high-end renters and buyers to the neighborhood.

The "This is Bed-Stuy" video shows artisan pizza, gourmet donuts, and lattes -- a far cry from the diverse community many identify with. It was produced by Highline Realty.

Highline Realty Human Resources Director Zachary Evans told PIX11, "we received some backlash from the video and I think it’s because of the tag line ‘this is Bed-Stuy.’"

"The tag-line wasn't meant to be all encompassing of Bed-Stuy or a history lesson, it was in hopes of drawing eyeballs to our inventory."

Longtime neighborhood resident Kathleen Grosvenor told PIX11 she was disappointed in the video because there was "no mention of those institutions that are our Bedford-Stuyvesant."