HELP, Where to find Food from Belize In New York City?

 

Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Brooklyn, New York — On Sunday, July 20th 2014, a BEING GARIFUNA reader who I didn’t know, called me at the number above looking for help. The caller wanted to know where he could buy Belizean Food in New York City. While there are plenty of Caribbean Restaurants in New York City, I don’t know of any that specifically feature Belizean Cuisine.

Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

After playing telephone tag, I told him his best bet was to travel to Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn if he wanted to buy Belizean Food. I explained that on Sunday afternoons and Sunday Evenings in the summer, Various Soccer Matches take place there. On the side of the field on Vermont Avenue, many vendors have tents under which they sell food (some sell music and others play dominoes). Some of the food vendors sell Belizean Food. Others sell Honduran food or food from other Central American countries.

Garifuna Musicians at Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Reserved.

Garifuna Musicians at Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Reserved.

Linden Park is one of the parks in New York City where many Garifuna people congregate. Often, one can see Garifuna musicians singing traditional Garifuna songs on Sunday afternoons for an appreciative audience (who often join in to sing and dance) so people have their choice of entertainment. Sports or Garifuna music.

Upon giving this information to the caller, I figured I’d go and take a few photos as I hadn’t been to the park in a while.  Enjoy.  Here is the link to the Facebook photo album of these photos at Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152254059338596.1073741912.305542983595&type=3

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NOTE:  I am aware that there are some Belizeans who sell food out of their homes or apartments.  If anyone would like to give phone numbers for these business people, please write a comment below.

SUNDAY July 20th 2014

Linden Park

Brooklyn, NY

ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   1

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Linden Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Notes:

  1. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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2 thoughts on “HELP, Where to find Food from Belize In New York City?

  1. This post is so good what times are there vendors at linden park? Are They still doing it this year? Also could you please give me the names of some belizeans/Hondurans/Guatemalans selling food from their home?
    Best,
    Efonda

  2. would love to know about restaurants festivals food being sold out of peoples houses anything garifuna

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