Plan would designate official Little Haiti district in Flatbush

April 18, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Flatbush-Ditmas Park) is leading an effort to designate an area bordered 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,” according to The New York Times.

Many prominent members of the community are still angry about President Donald Trump’s slights about Haiti (“a s—hole country”) and believe the designation could be a rebuke to his policies. Others in the area, however, feel such a designation would be redundant, since the city last year designated an area bounded by Flatbush, Church and Nostrand avenues as the Little Caribbean Cultural District, the Times reported. Brooklyn has 90,000 Haitian-American residents, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

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