God is Great: A variety store on Nostrand Avenue catering to a Haitian clientele. Photo Credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre
God is Great: A variety store on Nostrand Avenue catering to a Haitian clientele. Photo Credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

After months of controversy over Little Haiti, the designation is a reality due to the leadership of Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte. While the designation is a political win for the rising official, the real test of victory will be determined by what’s to follow.

In his latest column, Garry Pierre-Pierre examines whether the political star is underestimating what it will take to turn the current unkempt business district that is now officially “Little Haiti” into a treasured tourist attraction and Haitian cultural mecca.

When I used to imagine the next generation of Haitian elected officials, Rodneyse Bichotte was my prototype.  The early candidates were unaware of the issues, didn’t reach out outside the Haitian community and had no political experience.

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