The proposal calls for naming an area bounded by Avenue H, Brooklyn Avenue, Parkside Avenue and East 16th Street the Little Haiti Business and Cultural District to “foster a strong sense of belonging, security, and pride among residents, businesses, nonprofits and community groups in Flatbush,” the group wrote in a letter to members of the City Council seeking their support. The district is designed to help promote Haitian-owned businesses, but also includes proposals to create a Haitian cultural center, rename streets and erect a monument. Members of the group backing the idea acknowledge that they can’t stop gentrification but want “to leave a legacy behind, something that says we were here and that our ancestors will be proud of,” said Jackson Rockingster, president of the Haitian-American Business Network.
(Story by Jeffery C. Mays)
Read more at The New York Times: In Brooklyn, Push for a Special Haitian District Hits Resistance
I spent some time exploring Flatbush, Brooklyn and documenting a meeting with Assemblywoman, Rodneyse Bichotte, about the process of designating a section of Flatbush as Little Haiti.