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1 { Flatbush on Food A look into the changing culinary culture of Brooklyn John Cleary & Christian Dibari

2 We underestimate the power of food. It serves as an accurate taste to the hundreds of cultures which exist in the boundaries of the Boroughs. So why Brooklyn? The strength of culture, despite its changing populous, makes it an ideal lens to visualize the food that is eaten within it. That, and the Pizza’s great. Brooklyn, as a Borough

3  Circa  Defined as the area between Avenue H to the South, Prospect Park South to the North, Coney Island Avenue to the West, and New York Avenue to the East  Main Cultural Presence: -Italian -Italian -Orthodox Jewish -Orthodox Jewish Flatbush Avenue Then:

4  In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s the demographic make up of Flatbush changed drastically.  While still remaining mainly working class, the ethnic backgrounds of Flatbush residents switched from Jewish and Italian American, to mainly Caribbean.  The culture imprint of prior inhabitants remains. A Changing Community

5  Defined as the area between Avenue H to the South, Prospect Park South to the North, Coney Island Avenue to the West, and New York Avenue to the East  Main Cultural Presence: -Haitian -Haitian -Caribbean -Caribbean -Jewish -Jewish -Poor College Student -Poor College Student Flatbush Avenue Now:

6  Pizza: - Luigi’s Pizza, Uncle Vic’s, Rocco’s - Luigi’s Pizza, Uncle Vic’s, Rocco’s  Caribbean: - Faye & Kings, Maggie’s - Faye & Kings, Maggie’s  Chinese Take-Out: - Wong’s, Peking, City Restaurant - Wong’s, Peking, City Restaurant  Miscellaneous: - Ovi’s Place, Rockin Robin’s - Ovi’s Place, Rockin Robin’s Restaurants of Flatbush

7  Hot Dogs  Halal  Sausage  Knishes  Waffles  Coffee The Food Cart *Although not classified as restaurants, these establishments are visited by Sanitation inspectors often, and follow strict religious standards to keep Halal or Kosher

8 Chris and John’s Edible Adventure Through Flatbush

9 Pizza

10 Pizza Cont. Uncle Vic’s Pizza, opened in 2011, is Latin American owned. Latin American immigration to Brooklyn and New York has Increased since the second half of the 20 th Century. This fact Makes the pizza of a completely different style than traditional Italian Brooklyn.

11 Caribbean Creole, Haitian, and Jamaican cuisine, culture, and religion are very present in Midwood Brooklyn

12 Chinese Take-Out In the words of Conan: “The best thing about New York is that you can make a phone call and have Hot Chinese food at you door in 20.” Asian-American Immigrants have Americanized Chinese food, and Reinvented take-out and have been very successful.

13 Miscellaneous These Misc. restaurants appeal to the various Demographics of Brooklyn, and offer cheap Food for Students of the nearby Brooklyn College

14 The Food Cart

15 Impact of Cultural Movement/Migration on Brooklyn’s Culture and Food Williamsburg Pizza/Italian Food

16 Questions?

17  The Beauty of Brooklyn, Flatbush especially, is that everything is available within its borders. Food serves as a cultural fingerprint of Brooklyn’s past. As you indulge in the food of Flatbush, you’re indulging in its history as well. In Conclusion…


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