Pushing out from the windy water’s edge in Sheepshead Bay, Bedford Avenue cozies up to mosques, churches and synagogues. It careens past dive bars and tennis courts, NYCHA buildings and spacious mansions before dead-ending at a business triangle in Greenpoint. Extending 10.2 miles and 132 blocks, Bedford Avenue is the longest street in Brooklyn and arguably its most varied.

When I was 14 years old, my family moved to Crown Heights, half a block from Bedford Avenue. I often biked to my Lower East Side high school by traveling north on Bedford three miles to cross the Williamsburg Bridge. It was during these daily rides, I began to understand how this Avenue acts as a portal through a multitude of neighborhoods. This project aims to connect it’s audience to the cultural, ethnic and economic worlds that exist and thrive, if you simply make your way a bit further down the street.

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