Bichotte to Bring ‘Little Haiti’ to Flag Day

Haiti’s champion: Haitian-American Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte is lauching a Little Haiti district that will include parts of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Ditmas Park, and Midwood. The designation will be announced on May 18 — Haitian Flag Day. (Photo by Photo by Caroline Ourso via Brooklyn Paper)

As part of her efforts to have sections of East Flatbush, Flatbush, Ditmas Park, and Midwood designated as the “Little Haiti Cultural and Business District,” Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte of Flatbush will bring her naming campaign to the area’s Haitian Flag Day festivities the weekend of May 18.

Bichotte wants to preserve the community, especially with the onset of gentrification, as well as spread awareness of the area’s offerings, reports Alexandra Simon in Brooklyn Paper.

“For a very long time, this community has been concentrated by Haitians, and it’s a place where people can come find the cultural resources other areas lack,” the pol said. “We have the people, businesses, language, and institutions here.”

Bichotte — an East Flatbush native and the first Haitian-American elected to represent the city in the Assembly — will begin the events with a gathering at the corner of Nostrand and Newkirk Avenues, where she will reiterate her plan to form a Little Haiti before unveiling a sign for the recently designated Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard — named for a leader of the Haitian revolution — on Nostrand Avenue between Newkirk and Flatbush avenues.

The festivities will include a flag day celebration, an art exhibit and a street fair.

Simon notes that Bichotte had opposed the city’s designation of the “Little Caribbean” cultural district nearby. Find out why, and what the next step is for the “Little Haiti” proposal, at Brooklyn Paper.

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