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West Indian American Day Carnival, Brooklyn, on Labor Day weekend, celebrating the end of summer.

West Indian American Day Carnival, Brooklyn, on Labor Day weekend, celebrating the end of summer.

Population 173,890 people living in New York City were born in Jamaica.
Source: 2000 United States Census
Neighborhoods Wakefield, Bronx: 15,135
East Flatbush, Brooklyn: 11,943
Williamsbridge-Baychester, Bronx: 11,052
Source: 2000 United States Census
Religion(s) Church of God, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist
Language(s) English and Patois, a creole mixture
History
From 1930-1960 Jamaican immigration to the United States was capped at 100 per year. Many Jamaicans immigrated to Britain instead. The 1965 Hart-Cellar Act enabled a large number of Jamaicans to immigrate to the US, just as Britain was curbing the number of immigrants allowed from former commonwealths. From 1981-1984 alone, 81,700 Jamaicans immigrated legally to the US.
Source: http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Ha-La/Jamaican-Americans.html

Population Facts:

  • Upwards of 60 percent of women 16 and older work full-time jobs and 43 percent of those working do so in a health care or education related field.
    Source: 2000 United States Census

Fun Facts:

  • The Wakefield neighborhood has several great bakeries that make fresh coco bread and hardo bread. (Some home favorites of the group)
  • Every year there is a West Indian American Day Carnival(more of a parade) in Brooklyn on Labor Day weekend to celebrate the end of summer. Source: http://www.wiadca.com/
  • Jamaica celebrated its 47th year of independence this past August.