For an event held on a cool and rainy Thursday evening, the Discover Bed-Stuy Resource and Safety Expo had a tremendous turnout. The expo was held on Thursday, June 6 at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn and attracted politicians and participants from all over the city.

The expo has been held every year in Bed-Stuy for the past seven years in an attempt to make Bed-Stuy more of a self-sufficient, community-reliant neighborhood and to show residents all of the useful resources available right in their own community.

Among the participants in the expo were the New York Fire Department, National Grid, Veterans Services Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, among others. There was also CPR training and free job preparation programs, elder care programs and GED programs. For parents with small children, there was the Children’s Village, which offered face painting and rock climbing. The NYPD and NYPD Explorers were also in attendance and spoke about stop-and-frisk and advised residents to know their rights. The Vendor’s Row was also filled to capacity with an abundant array of goods.

From the beautiful, weather-resistant handbags made from bicycle tires by the women of the company Alchemy Goods to the colorful, handmade jewelry made by Evelyn Durrell to the fresh fruits, vegetables and seeds brought in by the organic farmers of Brooklyn and Queens, this year’s Bed-Stuy expo had a little something for everyone.