‘Little Caribbean’ Designation Comes to Flatbush

Shelley Worrell, founder of cultural advocacy group Caribbeing, spearheaded the movement to designate parts of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush as “Little Caribbean.” (Photo by Caleb Caldwell via Brooklyn Paper)

New promotional signs along sections of Flatbush Ave., Empire Blvd. and Nostrand Ave. will soon mark the Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush areas as “Little Caribbean,”  reports Alexandra Simon in Brooklyn Paper. While this will not be a landmark designation, it will acknowledge the long history and influence of Carribean-born residents and, proponents hope, help preserve that influence.

“Our communities are rapidly changing, especially in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, and it’s very important now to put our stake in the ground and make a collective effort to preserve and protect Caribbean culture for generations to come,” said Shelley Worrell, the founder of cultural advocacy group Caribbeing.

Kings County’s Caribbean population is second only to that of the region itself and formally recognizing it will increase awareness of the local community, ensuring it continues to thrive, Worrell said.

“Brooklyn has the largest and most diverse Caribbean population outside of the region,” she said. “One of the goals of Little Caribbean is to increase visibility and sales for small business along the corridors, in addition to showing Caribbeans back home that we are united here.”

Go to Brooklyn Paper to learn what Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams had to say about the value of this “branding.”

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