Billie Holiday Theatre 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY11216 Founded in 1972 by the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Billie Holiday Theatre is located on Fulton…More Street and Marcy Avenue. It is dedicated to providing entertaining and uplifting programs for the African/Caribbean American community, and presents three or four dramatic performances each season. It also offers programs for children and teens, as well as special shows that celebrate such holidays as Kwanzaa and the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Visit the Billie Holiday Theatre website for a schedule of upcoming events.
In 1964, Senator Jacob Javitz, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Mayor John Lindsay sponsored the Special Impact Program,…More an ammendment to the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This community development plan in 1967 birthed the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the first and now oldest community development corporation in the country.
The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation today sponsors an array of community development programs, including mixed-income housing rental and ownership, energy conservation, college preparation and job placement, youth development, financial literacy and planning, entrepreneur education and micro lending.
In addition, the Corporation owns and manages Restoration Plaza. Formerly an abandoned milk bottling plant, Restoration Plaza today is home to the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation, Billie Holiday Theatre, Youth Arts Academy, College of New Rochelle, Skylight Gallery and a number of other small retail businesses and restaurants. Also, there is a community large community meeting room available for rental.