Brooklyn Subway Station Renamed For Little Haiti
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), after a push from elected officials, officially renamed the Newkirk Avenue subway station Newkirk Avenue-Little Haiti on Thursday to celebrate the thriving Haitian-American community in the neighborhood.
The area has seen a cultural movement in recent years and had streets renamed after prominent Haitian figures.
New signage on the subway now says Newkirk Avenue Little Haiti Station. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials say the audio systems have also been updated.
"The Haitian people have a distinguished and proud history. This station renaming is a token that acknowledges that history both in Haiti and here in Brooklyn," State Senator Kevin Parker said.
"I'm honored to partner with Assembly Member Bichotte Hermelyn to bestow to this symbol of one of the important traditions of our community." he added.
The Newkirk Avenue station is found in the Little Haiti Business and Cultural District, which was designated in 2018 by the City Council. It encompasses Avenue H, Brooklyn Avenue, Parkside Avenue, and East 16th Street.