What is LITTLE CARIBBEAN?
For more than a century, Caribbean people have been settling in Brooklyn, making the New York City borough home to one of the largest, most diverse populations of Caribbean immigrants in the world. In September of 2017, this vibrant area was introduced as an official cultural hub known as LITTLE CARIBBEAN. The designation of Little Caribbean stimulates the promotion and development of food, culture, and small businesses in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Today, Little Caribbean’s commercial corridors are home to numerous events throughout the year, including walking tours, food crawls, art walks, studio visits, public art and more. Special events coincide with the annual celebrations of J’ouvert and the West Indian Day Parade in late August, early September. The initiative also offers maps and merchandise for visitors, available at littlecaribbean.nyc and Caribbeing House.
To date, the organizers behind Little Caribbean have curated and hosted over a dozen Food + Culture + Rum tours, including a thematic Holiday Food Crawl and boast partnerships with AirBnB, Jane's Walk, Municipal Arts Society, Link NYC and Kings Theatre. Events in Little Caribbean have seen visitors from all five boroughs as well as the Tri-State/New York Metropolitan area, Washington State and as far away as Switzerland, France, and Canada. Since launching the tours in 2016, all have been sold out.
In Summer of 2018, Little Caribbean will see the addition of nine site-specific murals on Flatbush Avenue and one at the Caribbeing House at Parkside Plaza in partnership with 100 Gates and Flatbush Nostrand Junction BID as well as Carnival tours highlighting musical and mas traditions of the Caribbean.
Where is LITTLE CARIBBEAN?
Located in the heart of Brooklyn, the footprint of Little Caribbean runs 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/Q subway lines, the B41/B35/B44 bus lines, and dollar vans.
Who is behind LITTLE CARIBBEAN?
Little Caribbean is a community-driven initiative spearheaded by CARIBBEING, a Flatbush-based cultural hub and leading presenter of “all things Caribbean.” CARIBBEING partners with creatives, small businesses, 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 received support from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Flatbush Nostrand Junction BID, NYC & Company, local businesses, and many others.
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 immigrant corridors. The establishment of Little Caribbean increases cross-cultural understanding of Caribbean culture and heritage by welcoming visitors from near and far to the district. This increase in traffic stimulates community development and cultivates an appreciation of Caribbean food, culture and lifestyles. The Little Caribbean designation was intended to help sustain Caribbean businesses, create jobs, and attract visitors to the area, benefiting the borough, the city, and the state. The district also serves as a point of cultural pride for Caribbean-Americans, who make up 20 percent of New York City’s population.
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.