Asian American Federation arranges neighbourhood tour of Indo-Caribbean locality Richmond Hill


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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Richmond Hill is known for housing multicultural communities. A large Indo-Caribbean community has developed in this area since the 1960s. However, despite existing in large numbers, the Indo-Caribbean community has always been in low-profile, with their needs often being sidelined.

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Asian American Federation will be hosting a neighborhood tour of Richmond Hill, Queens in partnership with the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) to highlight the contributions and needs of the largest Indo-Caribbean community in New York City.

The tour will take place from 2:00-4:00 PM, beginning at the Queens library at Lefferts, located at 103-34 Lefferts Boulevard.

The ICA, one of the few social service agencies serving the Indo-Caribbean community, will guide the tour through the commercial and residential districts of “Little Guyana,” as Richmond Hill is locally known, to discuss the community’s culture, small businesses, and housing issues.

The tour includes stoppage at one of the oldest Hindu temples in NYC, as well as seeing the only collection of Indo-Caribbean literature in the City.

Following the tour, there will be a meeting at the ICA office to discuss the best ways in which the Indo-Caribbean community, which is one of the fastest-growing yet one of the most underserved immigrant communities in the City, can be supported.

Through this event, the Federation aims to bring increased visibility to the Indo-Caribbean community and its pressing needs that must be addressed in order for Richmond Hill to become a thriving neighborhood. Participants will be given a copy of the first-ever neighborhood profile of Richmond Hill to take back to their organizations.