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Welcome to Brooklyn

March 12, 2010

Welcome to Brooklyn, originally uploaded by photographsbyseon.

I am going to be honest here, I am not a huge fan of Brooklyn. Ever since living on Flatbush avenue introduced me to the hard knock reality of random shootings, larceny and garbage strewn sidwwalks, I daydreamed about living in the sugar candy skycraper city called Manhattan. If anyone asked where I lived, I said “East New York” which while technically true, wasn’t the whole truth. You see the area in Brooklyn I now hail from is called East New York, and it’s reputation precedes it. Yellow cabs go screeching away if you foolishly tell the driver ” East New York, Brooklyn” before first getting into the cab.

Despite my tepid relationship with this borough, it is not at all bad. In fact I graduated from Kingsborough Community College located ironically on Manhattan Beach, at the south of Brooklyn. Known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the CUNY system, KCC is the only college where you can legitimately say “The shark ate my homework” as the school has its own private beach.

However in true irony, Brooklyn is where I should feel most at home. Since I grew up in the islands, I am one of the millions that have migrated to these parts hoping to get a piece of that American dream.  The Flatbush Avenue  area really aught to be called Caribbean town, as people from not only my home country Trinidad, but Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and others form communities there. It is a melting pot of culture that allows me to get a taste of Trinidad whenever homesickness rears its hungry head.  Just yesterday I was able to enjoy a nice plate of roti and curry chicken, something I’d be hard pressed to find in that sugar candy skyscraper city called Manhattan.

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