Crown Heights is a Caribbean and Jewish residential neighborhood in central Brooklyn.
It’s the home of the West Indian Day Parade Labor Day Carnival, Panamanian Parade, Weeksville Heritage Center and Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Culture in Crown Heights
NYC’s Panamanian Parade is the biggest Panamanian parade outside of Panama. It marches through Crown…
The West Indian Day Parade, Labor Day Carnival or New York Carnival is a Carnival…
WeeksVille was a Historic Free Black Community
Weeksville was one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America.
It was founded by African American longshoreman James Weeks in 1838 as part of an effort to establish citizenship by owning land. To be eligible to vote in those days, non-white men had to own land and pay taxes on it.
This once vibrant community slowly faded and was forgotten as the city grew. It was only rediscovered in 1968. Four homes were found on Bergen St. They are now known as the Hunterfly Road Houses.
The Weeksville Heritage Center preserves the neighborhood’s history.
[Editor: Always heard about Weeksville, but never realized it’s right in the middle of Brooklyn. There is so much history right under our feet]
Crown Heights rocks!