Bedford Corners
Historic District

Weatherizing Historic Buildings

Retrofit Bedford Stuyvesant Block by Block is a holistic strategy to make the Bedfrod Stuyvesant community greener more energy efficient and sustainable, on a block by block basis. Our aim is to make it easy for residents to achieve home and neighborhood improvements: to reduce housing costs, fight asthma, allergies, and other health issues caused by poor indoor and outdoor air quality, improve housing conditions, decrease dependence on polluting energy sources, and improve the environment.
For our pilot, we engaged 2 blocks of Herkimer Street, from Nostrand to New York.  There, we retrofitted 47 units of housing, planted 49 trees, upgraded a community garden, and provided hands on job training to 8 unemployed local residents through Restoration’s Justice Corps. Program, a re-entry program for young adults.
We have launched our second round of the program with 11 local blocks, including 8 blocks of Bedford Corners.  Should YOUR block be interested in participating in our next round and you know that 51% of residents on your block are interested in participating, please contact Jedidah Baptiste at 718-646-6973 or by emailing
Retrofit Bedford Stuyvesant Block by Block is an initiative of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation,  Pratt Center for Community Development, and the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant.

National Trust for Historic Preservation provides comprehensive information on weatherizing histroic buildings including a downloadable guide, links to financial incentive programs and resources.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Weatherization Assistance Program 
Energy efficiency services for low-income households.

NYC Cool Roofs is an exciting collaboration between NYC Services, NYC Department of Building and Community Environmental Center to promote and facilitate the application of cool, reflective surfaces to New York City's roooftops.  Cool roofs decrease the city's carbon footprint, lower energy consumption and fight the Urban Heat Island Effect. 

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

NYSERDA's residential programs are programs that work - programs that help homeowners and renters reduce their energy costs; programs that help multifamily building owners provide energy-efficient apartments for their tenants; programs that reduce the impact homes have on the environment; and programs that provide training to contractors on how to provide quality energy efficiency services to their neighbors.

Neighborhood Housing Servicers of Bedford Stuyvesant, Inc.

NHS is a participating lender with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which provides interest rate subsidies for approved energy efficiency home improvement projects. The NYSERDA subsidy means an interest rate reduction of 4-6.5% on your home improvement loan from NHS. In addition to the interest rate subsidy, NYSERDA also provides grants to qualified low and moderated income homeowners to cover up to 50% (Maximum of $5,000 household or $10,000 for 2-4 family homes) of the costs of approve energy saving improvements. Click here for income limits.

Con Edison 
Rebates and incentives for residential customers implementing energy efficient changes in their homes or buildings.

Green NYC

New York City's guide to reducing carbon emission, energy efficiency, saving the planet and saving money.

New York City Department of Buildings

To meet the City's goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2030, the New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) sets energy-efficiency standards for new construction and alterations to existing buildings.