Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn has changed a lot since Bayli’s schoolyard days, but this break-out musician is still living and making music a few blocks from where she grew up.
“NYC is a place where creativity is a constant,” she says, “you’re smacked in the face with inspiration every morning on the subway just listening to buskers.”
With the launch of her new solo music career—signed on Adrien Grenier’s Wreckroom Records—BAYli has established herself as an eclectic artist with rock and R&B influences. Rooted deeply in her local community, there’s no doubt BAYli has the inside knowledge of all the best Central Brooklyn destinations. Below, some of her neighborhood favorites.
"It’s so easy to shop for cheap, healthy, and ethically sourced foods in Bed-Stuy. Playground Cafe on Bedford Ave is currently my favorite—it has good Wi-Fi, chill vibes, and is WOC-owned."
"I’ve also loved Speedy Romeo ever since they opened up on Classon Avenue. It’s basically just fancy, wood-fired pizza with locally-sourced ingredients in a dark and intimate space. I love it for dinner, but it’s also super lively in the daytime (go for their Bellini brunch)."
"I’m a second-hand clothing type of girl. L Train Vintage is the best! It’s a real hidden gem of NYC."
"Soul Summit is the best and most classic Brooklyn party. It’s a giant dance party in Fort Greene Park with DJs spinning club music from all over the world, plus reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, and Top 40 hits. It takes place a few times every summer."
"They have beautiful exhibits, and as a descendant of the African diaspora, I’ve found it to be a really informative space. It’s pretty niche; very classic Fort Greene, classic Brooklyn type of place. Magic."
"My favorite deli is the one that I grew up next to on the corner of Bedford and Dekalb. I’m a vegetarian which makes it a little challenging to order food from delis, so I usually just stick to snacks."
"Honestly all my Fort Greener’s are going to hate me but my favorite park is actually Prospect Park. Simply because it’s vast and green and has so many secret trails—even waterfalls—to explore. It’s this great dose of nature and privacy (sort of) in the concrete jungle."
"There’s a strip of great, cheap African food spots in Bed-Stuy, like Ghanaian and Senegalese. You can find really dope West African or West Indian food. I like A&A, it’s great for Doubles—it's roti with chana and chickpeas and herbs and tomato. There, you can get Trinidadian Doubles for like, $1.50. It’s still very much a hidden gem; a little hole-in-the-wall."