What is LITTLE CARIBBEAN?
For over 100 years, Caribbean people have been settling in Brooklyn, making the New York City borough home to one of the largest populations of Caribbean immigrants in the world. Now, it’s time to make this vibrant area an official cultural hub known as LITTLE CARIBBEAN. The designation of Little Caribbean will stimulate the promotion and development of food, culture, and small businesses in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Little Caribbean’s commercial corridors will be home to numerous events throughout the year, including walking tours, food crawls, art walks, studio visits, pop-ups like CaribBEING’s Holiday Market, and more. Special events will be held to coincide with the annual celebrations of J’ouvert and the West Indian Day Parade. The initiative also offers maps and merchandise for visitors, available at littlecaribbean.nyc.
Where is LITTLE CARIBBEAN?Located in the heart of Brooklyn, the footprint of Little Caribbean will run along Flatbush Avenue from Empire to Nostrand Avenues (known as the Junction), Church Avenue from Ocean to New York Avenues, and Nostrand Avenue from Empire to Flatbush Avenues. The area is easily accessible via the 2, 5, B, and Q subway lines, the B41, B35 and B44 bus lines, and dollar vans.
Why LITTLE CARIBBEAN?
Brooklyn is a globally-recognized city that boasts 2.5 million residents, with 15 million annual visitors—many of them eager to experience the borough’s ethnic enclaves. The establishment of Little Caribbean will increase cross-cultural understanding of Caribbean culture and heritage by welcoming visitors from near and far to the district. This increase in traffic will stimulate small businesses and cultivate an appreciation of Caribbean food and lifestyles. The organizers hope that the designation of “Little Caribbean” will help sustain Caribbean businesses, create jobs, and attract tourists to the area, benefitting the borough, the city, and the state. The district will also serve as a point of cultural pride for Caribbean-Americans, who make up 20 percent of New York City’s population.*
Who is behind LITTLE CARIBBEAN?
Little Caribbean is a community-driven initiative spearheaded by caribBEING, a Flatbush-based cultural organization and leading presenter of “all things Caribbean.” CaribBEING is partnering with local artists, entrepreneurs, public officials and thought leaders who want to recognize the rich cultural and economic contributions West Indians have made to New York City.
The initiative has received support from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Flatbush Nostrand Junction BID, local businesses, and many others.
How can I support LITTLE CARIBBEAN?
You can support Little Caribbean primarily by patronizing the Caribbean-owned businesses in the Little Caribbean district. These local establishments depend on your support to thrive.