|Marc Avarette, Wikipedia.org|
|Little Haiti's Caribbean Market|
Newly renovated storefronts painted brightly in pastels and the Caribbean Marketplace, recreated in the likeness of the homeland's Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, are a few of the sights to take in. New bike lanes and ample parking facilitate event-goers who are encouraged to carpool and pedal together as they visit the designated "hotspots" in participating locations scheduled for the Stroll, including the Little Haiti Community Garden, local bookstores, restaurants, Fusse Studios
, and of course Sweat and Yo Miami, which will be hosting another one of its signature Average Joe Art Sales
at Yo Space. If:Miami
, an open source entrepreneurship project, will also be on the grounds introducing their team and what they've been working on as a non-profit. Los Chamos Food Truck
will also be serving up delicious arepas and empanadas, and although their cuisine is Venezuelan, it just adds to the cultural coming togetherness that Miami inspires.
|Big Night Little Haiti |
The Little Haiti Cultural Center, which made a name for itself through work to reform and act as a voice for the community, is excited about the partnerships backing the project. The Center's Big Night, Little Haiti
, held every third Friday of the month for free, has helped draw people to the neighborhood. "It could be another destination as far as the art world is concerned. I think that's better than saying it's the new Wynwood...people are coming out who would never come into this area before, I think it's just merging people together and the curiosity is there as well," Marie Vickles, visual arts coordinator at the Cultural Center, said of the development.
As Little Haiti is adapting, it refuses to allow surrounding borders (cough
Design District cough
) encroach on its territory any longer. The residents of the community are responding well to the changes, "I met with some of the local NET
officials and small business owners and everyone is gung ho. We're starting small but would like to grow this into something regular that people look forward to," Reskin said.Little Haiti Sunday Stroll takes place all over Little Haiti, but a good starting point is Yo Space, at 294 NE 62nd St., Miami. The walk takes place Sunday, March 3, from noon to 6 p.m. "Hotspots" will revolve around 54th, 59th, and 62nd streets.Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami.
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