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At any given moment in Flatbush you can hear the sounds of reggae, soca or kompa music, see flags from every Caribbean country in apartment windows or on store awnings and hear accents from locals who have roots in Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Barbados and Guyana.
The aromas from Caribbean bakeries, fresh fruit markets, street-side jerk chicken stands and roti shops fill the air—and the goods taste even better than they smell.
The connection to the West Indies is so strong that you may feel you’ve been transported to your favorite island—minus the palm trees and views of the Caribbean — or, better yet, that you are island-hopping as you walk around.
It’s no wonder the neighborhood has been nicknamed Little Caribbean.
Little Caribbean is home to the best Caribbean food in the Americas, as well as trend-setting boutiques, barber shops, beauty salons, bakeries, juice bars, and shipping companies that connect Caribbean-Americans to each other, back home, and their rich heritage while enriching the fabric of our city.
Come support local Black-owned businesses, savor incredible foods, celebrate, discover, and share this gem in our city.
The bustling neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn has been home to the Flatbush Caton Market for more than 20 years, serving up world-class Caribbean and global-themed goods.
NYCEDC partnered with the City and a coalition of community organizations to transform the site into Flatbush Central, a mixed-use development that will retain and improve the market, while supporting the long-term growth of dozens of local vendor businesses.
The new Flatbush Central offers upgraded amenities, expanded space for food vendors — inclusive of a Caribbean-themed food hall, shared commercial kitchen, bar, and lounge — and new programming to engage entrepreneurs and the broader community in building connections and celebrating the cultures of Flatbush and Central Brooklyn.
A section of Brooklyn offers a piece of the Islands in NYC. Officially called Little Caribbean, this area is home to the largest and most diverse Caribbean-American-LatinX community outside of the West Indies.
From restaurants to barbershops to markets, Little Caribbean bustles with Caribbean/Black-owned businesses.
CaribBEING founder Shelley Worrell takes The Infatuation island hopping from borough to borough.