Jumaane D. Williams
Little Haiti BK Coalition
To Announce Little Haiti Designation in Flatbush, Brooklyn
(BROOKLYN), Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams and the Little Haiti BK Coalition have moved to establish a Little Haiti in Flatbush, Brooklyn with an upcoming Press Conference and Street Co-name unveiling of Toussaint L’Ouverture BLVD. The Little Haiti Designation would establish a business and cultural district, that would promote economic development, culture and arts along with neighborhood programming and tourism. Furthermore, this designation would revitalize the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, an area with a high concentration Haitian-Americans, by attracting tourists who will consume Haitian and Caribbean culture.
Recently, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte laid out her vision for Little Haiti in an Op-Ed in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, noting that New York State possesses the highest concentration of Haitians outside of Haiti. Currently, there are almost 200,000 Haitians living in New York State, over 75% of which live in New York City, with the majority living in Brooklyn. She also highlighted the contributions Haiti made to the U.S., such as the role Haiti played in the Louisiana Purchase and the hundreds of volunteer Haitian Soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. A monument in Savannah, Georgia was erected for their heroics.
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The Little Haiti designation in Brooklyn is supported by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Assemblymember Nick Perry, Assemblymember Walter Mosley, Assemblymember Diana Richardson, Council Member Mathieu Eugene and many other elected officials, community organizations, businesses, constituents, unions, stakeholders and community leaders such as Dr. Ron Daniels.
Invited speakers include Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Speaker Corey Johnson, and other city and state elected officials. The Press Conference, which takes place on Haitian Flag Day, will kick off a series of celebratory events over the weekend.
FRIDAY MAY 18
Press Conference Announcing Little Haiti Cultural & Business District
Nostrand Avenue and Newkirk Avenue
Unveiling of the Street Co-Naming of Toussaint L’Ouverture (Nostrand Ave)
Brooklyn Haitian Flag Day Selebrayson
by Haitian Cultural Exchange
495 Flatbush Ave. b/w Empire Boulevard & Lefferts Avenue
SATURDAY MAY 19
Art Showing of Ayisenne Patricia Brintle at Meet & Greet with Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
1312 Flatbush Ave. b/w Foster Avenue & Farragut Road
SUNDAY MAY 20
Haitian Flag Day Street Fair & Performance by Kagie Inc.
Nostrand Avenue b/w Clarendon Road & Avenue D
For more regarding the coverage of this historic designation:
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte makes the case for Little Haiti in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The time for Little Haiti Brooklyn has come
In the New York Times
In the Brooklyn Paper
In Caribbean Life News
In the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In the Philadelphia Tribune
In Kings County Politics
In the Haitian Times
For more information regarding Little Haiti BK please visit: