Preserving Caribbean Culture in Flatbush

Flatbush Avenue is home to a cool cultural space dedicated to preserving and showcasing Caribbean heritage. The CaribBeing House, as it’s cleverly titled, is the brainchild of Shelley Worrell, a Trinidadian American and life-long resident of the neighborhood.

The space lies inside a red trailer situated in the Flatbush Caton Market, a place where local merchants in Flatbush have sold their goods for over a decade. While the market itself has multiple booths with vendors selling items such as West Indian jewelry, flags, food and skincare products, CaribBeing House has a more modern and artsty vibe.

To the right of a plank leading to the entrance is a square wooden sign that says “Be social.” Inside, a blue neon light that says “I am CaribBeing” hangs against the wooden wall. There is pop art with symbols that represent Caribbean and New York culture. There are also tote bags emblazoned with the CaribBeing logo and more art work for purchase and a giant sheet in the back for visitors to sign.