Partygoers celebrate the Toast of Brooklyn.

Wine Country … in Bed-Stuy?

The Toast of Brooklyn celebrated the history and potential of the neighborhood, where some hope a $20 million revitalization project will spur an economic revival.

Bernard Gassaway is in his third year as principal at Boys and Girls. He was a teacher there from 1988 to 1991.

Fear of School Closure Is Personal for This Principal

Whether Bed-Stuy's Boys and Girls High School—with its declining enrollment and F ratings—survives is not just a professional concern for Principal Bernard Gassaway. His classroom roots, his former marriage, his career ambitions are all tied to the building on Fulton Street.