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Bridging the gap
NEW YORK — Vendors in Flatbush have settled into a 16,000-square-foot retail space that will house a rebranded version of the former Flatbush Caton Market, in a new mixed-use development. While the market had a soft reopening the week of Feb. 7, the vendors, many of them Haitian, said they moved in the week prior from a temporary location on Clarendon Road.
“That’s a big difference because Clarendon is just a residential place, nobody walks outside,” said Marise Joseph, owner of the Thank You Notre Dame variety store inside the market. Joseph said she is “happy to come back” to the corner of Flatbush and Caton Avenues, although news of the reopening has not spread yet.
Few customers were in the market on the afternoon of Feb. 8, but vendors – who offer food, clothing, body and beauty products and more for sale – are hopeful buyers will come.
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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.
Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico. In a previous life Leonardo was a photographer and graphic designer, skills he’s refocusing to cover the Haitian Diaspora in the US. Leonardo can be reached at Leonardo@haitiantimes.com
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by Sam Bojarski, The Haitian Times
February 10, 2022
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