A New Name for ‘Little Pakistan’

Here’s how the street signs would look. (Photo from PAYO via Bklyner)

“Little Pakistan,” on Coney Island Avenue between Avenues C and H, will be co-named “Muhammad Ali Jinnah Way” after the founder of Pakistan, a project more than 15 years in the making, reports Bklyner’s Zainab Iqbal. The resolution, sponsored by Jumaane Williams, recently passed in the City Council.

Amid the Islamophobia faced by the community, the co-naming is the “first step to bringing change within the community” and lets Pakistani-Americans “find a home within another home,” said Waqil Ahmed, president of the Pakistani American Youth Organization, which has been involved in the process.

“As a team, PAYO observes ‘Little Pakistan’ to feel segregated, as if they are intruders not only to the community but also the country,” Ahmed said. “PAYO wants to break cultural barriers, get rid of Islamophobia, and have a fusion of nationalities and culture.”

“Over the years, the community has tremendously grown,” he said. “The street co-naming is going to bring the community closer, strengthen relationships within other ethnicities.”

An official ceremony will come later this month.

Go to Bklyner to find out why district leader candidate Kashif Hussain said his campaign may have contributed to community achievements like the co-naming and why a PAYO member credits the second generation for making this project a reality.

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