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Vendors sell their wares in Brooklyn's Little Haiti on July 13, 2021. Photo by Sam Bojarski.

BROOKLYN — Nearly four years ago, Little Haiti BK in Flatbush became the 18th micro-ethnic neighborhood across New York City. At the time, politicians and community leaders made promises of forming a Business Improvement District (BID) to promote measures like business development, public safety and sanitary streets. 

Now, efforts to turn the idea of a BID for Little Haiti BK into a reality are underway, local partners and politicians say, albeit slowly. Some see the timing as opportune with the city's newly-installed administration in place, and are looking for guidance from the Small Business Services, SBS, the agency that would approve the BID.

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.