Bed Stuy and Crown Heights Community Heroes

Local artists, youth and community members come together to celebrate those dedicated to strengthening and supporting the Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, focusing on long-term historic residents.
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Bed Stuy Community Heroes featured in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle's Ella Napack attended the closing celebration, and wrote a feature piece! Read the full article here:

Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst Program & Photoville Wrap Up Year-Long Public Art Installation “Community Heroes”

August 2, 2022 -- NEW YORK, NY -- Partnerships for Parks (PfP), a joint program of NYC Parks and City Parks Foundation, is pleased to announce a commemorative event recognizing the conclusion of public art installation “Community Heroes”. The installation is hosted with Photoville. Amplifying visual storytellers through activating public spaces, Photoville’s “Community Heroes” project showcases local heroes of Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights at St. Andrew’s Playground in Brooklyn. Through this public art project; local creatives, youth, and community members collaborated to celebrate those dedicated to strengthening and supporting Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights with large-scale banners featuring the vibrant and candid photographs and stories of community leaders; created entirely by local writers, youth, photographers, and artists. The community members behind the “Community Heroes” project will gather to de-install the works, with the “heroes” as featured speakers. They will comment on their personal stories and what St. Andrew's Playground and the surrounding community means to them. The event is a collaboration between Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst program—a long-term community development program working in historically under-served NYC parks—and Photoville’s “Community Heroes”, a community organizing and public art project celebrating everyday heroes in New York City, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Community Photo Booth by Luis Santana

At Make a way out Community Day, Community Heroes collaborating photographer Luis Santana hosted a Community Photo Booth taking free portraits of community members. Check out all the photos at this link: When posting these photos, please credit the photographer Luis Santana (IG: @luissantanaaaa | Website:   MAKE A WAYOUT COMMUNITY DAY (M.A.W.) is a collaboration effort between No Gun Smoke School Tour Inc., Community Heroes, Her-King Alagantic Block Association, and Friends of St. Andrews Playground that will be held on September 25, 2021 from 10- 11:30 a.m. at Kingston Park (St. Andrews Playground). 

August 2021 – July 2022
St Andrews Playground

(along Kingston Ave & Herkimer Ave)

Lead Neighborhood Organizers
with support from

This project was also supported in part by generous contribution of Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr, NYC Council Member for the 36th District, Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.