Eastern Parkway, the dividing line between north and south Crown Heights. (Photo by Shawn Hoke via City Limits)

Crown Heights, 25 Years Later

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, History, Jewish August 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Twenty-five years after tensions gripped Crown Heights, numerous media outlets take a look both at the events and the lessons learned, and how the neighborhood has evolved.

Migration and Separation: Stories of ‘Barrel Children’

Migration and Separation: Stories of ‘Barrel Children’

Caribbean family members separated by migration are telling their stories in the Barrel Stories Project, an initiative that offers both solace and resources to help navigate the experience.

(Photo courtesy of Bazodee via Ditmas Park Corner)

The Brooklyn Filmmakers Behind ‘Bazodee’

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture August 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Ditmas Park Corner speaks to two local filmmakers behind “Bazodee,” a movie set in Trinidad and Tobago and described as “a neo-Bollywood musical with Caribbean island flavor.”

“Come on, dad. Smile. You’re retiring,” soon-to-be owner of Emcon Pharmacy Caesar Bhagroo (r) said to his dad, Naresh Bhagroo, while posing for photos. (Photo by Donny Levit via Park Slope Stoop)

Park Slope Pharmacy Owner Retires to Teach in Guyana

Brooklyn, Business, Caribbean August 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Naresh Bhagroo, who is retiring and returning to his native Guyana to teacher school kids after being the longtime owner of Emcon Pharmacy, reflects on his nearly three decades working at the pharmacy, in Park Slope Stoop.

NYC Dept. of Health Warns About Zika

NYC Dept. of Health Warns About Zika

As Zika cases rise, the NYC Department of Health is launching a new campaign to urge pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant, and their partners, to defer travel to Zika-affected areas.

Mother and son co-owners of  Suzy’s Roti Parlour, Narvin and Suzy Seemungal (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

A Caribbean Restaurant Stays in the Family After a Chance Meeting

Brooklyn, Business, Caribbean, Food July 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

When Narvin Seemungal and his mom Suzy looked to open a roti shop in Brooklyn, little did they know they would end up taking over a restaurant run by a long-lost cousin, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

New voter registration forms in an additional five languages on display  at the city's July 14 briefing at the Homescrest Library in Brooklyn (Photo by Alex Ayala for voices of NY)

NYC Voter Registration Forms, Soon in 10+ Languages

New York City plans to expand the number of languages in which voter registration forms will be available by adding Russian, Urdu, Haitian Creole, French and Arabic to the existing English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bangla forms.

Ingrid Stewart (Photo by Melissa Noel for Voices of NY)

A Home Skincare Business, Thanks to a Micro Loan

Ingrid Stewart used a $1,200 micro loan to start a home business as an aesthetician. She got the help through the Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group (TDWIG).

Phedy Pierre

Haitian Musician Gives Back to the Community

As part of the free piano lessons he offers to low-income students in Brooklyn and Yonkers, Phedy Pierre also provides mentoring.

Council member Mathieu Eugene (Photo courtesy of The Office of Council Member Mathieu Eugene via The Haitian Times)

Oct. 9 Established as NYC Haitian Day

Caribbean, Culture, Government, New York July 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm

The City Council passed a resolution introduced by Mathieu Eugene that declares Oct. 9 NYC Haitian Day and recognizes the contributions of Haitians to the city and the U.S.

Dionne Davis mixing some ingredients for her line of lip care products. (Photo by Melissa Noel for Voices of NY)

Starting a Natural Lip Care Biz in Brooklyn

Brooklynite Dionne Davis started “Darker Shade of Ebony,” her natural lip care product line, with financial help and moral support from the Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group.

Members of the Trillion Dollar Women's Investment Group turn out to support each other at a meeting or Purple Power, organized by Nicole Sharpe,  third from left.
Sharpe used her micro loan in order to aid her in staring the non-profit Purple Power to aid survivors of domestic abuse. (Photo courtesy of Alishia Goodridge)

Women Blaze Small Biz Trails in Brooklyn

The Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group strives to empower women, particularly in the Caribbean community, through the microfinance group lending model.

Bay of Pigs survivors told their story in a documentary. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Bay of Pigs Veterans Unveil Documentary in Union City, NJ

Caribbean, History, Latino, Metro Area May 31, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Six survivors of the failed attempt to invade Cuba in 1961 united in Union City, for the screening of a documentary about their story, Reporte Hispano reports.

Culinary ‘Calypso’ in Brooklyn

Culinary ‘Calypso’ in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Featured Posts, Food, Voices' Picks May 23, 2016 at 10:54 am

In Flatbush, a mother from Trinidad is joined by her daughter and son in the family roti business.

Eighty percent of the workers at the nearly 3,000 laundromats in New York are Hispanic and Caribbean women. (Photo by Pedro F. Frisneda via El Diario)

Waiting to Clean the City’s Dirty – and Dangerous – Laundry

Caribbean, Government, Labor, Latino, New York May 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

As a bill to increase work safety in laundromats is stalled in the City Council, thousands of laundry workers – mostly Latina and Caribbean women – are exposed to harmful substances, El Diario/La Prensa reports.