New York City is home to the largest Jamaican diaspora of all, with a large community along Flatbush avenue in Brooklyn—centered around the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush. The Bronx also has a significant Jamaican ex-pat community. Flatbush Avenue features several miles of Jamaican cuisine, markets, nightlife and residential enclaves.
I grew up in "Little Jamaica," a West Indian neighborhood in the Bronx's northeast section. I was a sheltered bookworm, unaware of much of the drama that lurked around my own corner--save for the occasional boom of bullets at midnight.
A realtor who didn't show for a house viewing because he didn't think I was serious about living in what he so condescendingly refers to as "Little Jamaica" (aka Crown Heights);
In New York, I lived just blocks from the area in Brooklyn known as "Little Kingston," so I was familiar with their ways and had friends who were from "J," as they referred to the island.