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Brooklyn, New York | Neighbourhood

The unofficial Caribbean capital of North America was once an independent city, and it still feels that way. With so many museums, parks, restaurants, and neighbourhoods to explore, who needs Manhattan?.

Yvette LaCrette. Photo by Damion C. Jacob, DCJ photography

Grenada’s Chef Yvette LaCrette: ambassador of spices

Her culinary flair has made Yvette LaCrette “the Caribbean’s go-to-chef” in New York City, her home base. As Melissa Noel learns, Chef LaCrette is an always eager ambassador for the Spice Island.

The New York Marathon — the world’s largest, by number of competitors — has a course that passes through the city’s five boroughs. Photo by Mitchell Funk/PC/Getty Images

Dexter Webb: running addiction

When Trinidadian Dexter Webb decided to run the New York Marathon as a fortieth-birthday challenge, he knew it would be tough — but he didn’t guess it would also be addictive.

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Richard Fung: no easy readings

Born in Trinidad, based in Canada, navigating between identities — gay, Chinese-descended, Caribbean diaspora — filmmaker Richard Fung was “intersectional” before the term even existed, writes Jonathan Ali, and his complicated background informs his pioneering, innovative work.

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Word of mouth (July/August 2016)

Barbados Crop Over and the Leeds West Indian Carnival are two stars of the August festival season.

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When London was the place

Sixty years ago, in the aftermath of the Second World War, London Transport faced a labour shortage. The solution? Recruit employees in the Caribbean to run the city’s buses and trains. James Ferguson explains how these migrants survived difficult times, and changed the old imperial capital for ever.

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Florida: state of sunshine

Florida may be Caribbean Airlines’ most popular international destination — no surprise, considering its reputation for nightlife, amusement parks, and shopping. But there’s much more to the Sunshine State — from the Space Coast to the Everglades to a thriving art scene.

From Running of the Bulls, Roy Pierre and Associates’ 2014 presentation. Photography by Keith Getter

When mas was mas: Brooklyn Carnival

Far from the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad Carnival’s tradition of colourful fantasy mas thrives in the midst of Brooklyn’s Labour Day celebrations — and in J’Ouvert, no less. It’s thanks to the vision of masman Roy Pierre and his colleagues, says Ray Funk. Their bands are true to history and to the present moment, all at once.

The heart of downtown Toronto. Photograph by Gary Blakeley/Shutterstock.com

Toronto: summer in the city

Home to one of North America’s biggest Caribbean populations, Toronto comes alive in the summertime, with festivals, street fairs, and — this year — the Pan Am Games. Some of the city’s Caribbean residents give Donna Yawching their advice on the best of Toronto, from music to food to outdoor fun.

The landmark Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. © Tropicalpixsingapore/iStock

Word of mouth (July/August 2015)

Haiti hosts the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival, and a London exhibition celebrates the legacy of John La Rose.