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New York's Sullivan Street Bakery in Little Haiti, Miami

Sullivan Street Bakery, the famous wholesale bakery and retail café of New York City is opening an outlet in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood. Its founder, Jim Lahey is known as "no-knead bread pioneer", a 2015 James Beard nominee for best baker. Sullivan Street Bakery has 2 restaurants (Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea) in the New York City and supplies bread to more than 250 New York restaurants. Lahey hopes to have the same business here, expecting little competitions from Zak Stern's Wynwood bakery, and some other good restaurants of Miami.

The strategic location of the new restaurant supports his plan to the point of wholesale business. His bread recipe, which requires more time than effort, is one of the most popular recipes the New York Times has ever published. The new bakery will be opened at the Lemon City Square building over an area of 4,000 square feet. In Little Haiti the owner Jim Lahey is partnering with Steven Perricone of Perricone's Marketplace & Café (Miami's best Italian restaurant) in Brickell. The location of the lease is on the eastern border of Little Haiti, where the upcoming commercial activities are heating up gentrification. Perricone's Upper Eastside Partners bought two plots, an 18,530-square-foot site, in May for $2.76 million. Lahey has plans to add one branch of "Co pizzeria" here. "Co" is his first pizza restaurant opened in Chelsea in 2009 where Lahey put his own spin on pizza while celebrating artisanal food culture and communal dining keeping bread as the centerpiece of the meal.

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Old Cuban Consulate, Villa Paula in Little Haiti

The United States and Cuba are moving toward normalization of relations for the first time in more than fifty years. They are re-opening their diplomatic ties, and their embassies have reopened on Monday, July 20, for the first time in 54 years. Miami was once a hotbed of diplomacy with Havana, even today, Miami-Dade County is home to almost a million Cubans, the largest concentration in the country and second only to Havana in the world. Now that Cuba has an embassy again in Washington, D.C., consulates would be coming to serve its people, most of whom live in Florida. But don't expect an old lovely building known as 'Villa Paula', a vintage platform in the Cuba-U.S relation, will have any role in it. It is unlikely ever to return to its use as a Cuban consulate.

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Laundromat Art Space & Studio in Little Haiti

Laundromat Art Space is the best novel contemporary art studio in Miami since last May. It is the ideal place for Artist Residency Program where the mid-career Miami artists can host their art exhibitions in the heart of downtown Little Haiti.

Its 4500 square foot space houses one art gallery and nine studios where nine resident artists can create anything within their domain from sculpture to paint or photography, textile, printmaking and beyond. The studio will regularly organize community programs and contemporary art exhibitions. The center fosters collaboration between multidisciplinary creativities under the shadow of own Caribbean Culture that defines Little Haiti. Enriching a community culture through art while maintaining its distinct characteristics, can sometimes be a challenge. The art center is presented by a Miami based non- profit organization 'The Rise Up Gallery" that provided low cost art training workshop to the community. David McCauley is the executive director of Rise Up Gallery, the nonprofit group behind Laundromat. Out of 11,000 applicants, Laundromat happens to be one of 71 finalists in the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Grant.

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Haitian Caribbean Book Fair by Sosyete Koukouy of Miami

The joy of reading books can't be described in words. It's something that you understand only by real experience. Most readers report a better understanding of other people's feeling. They have a greater capacity for empathy and it is easier to make decisions, and prioritizing plans. Book fairs play a greater role in encouraging the reading habit among people of all age groups.

During the last week of May on 23 & 24, the Haitian authors will celebrate the third annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti under sponsorship of Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, with support from and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knights Arts Challenge, and Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, City of Miami and Commissioner Keon Hardemon. Sosyete Koukouy, Inc is a cultural and artistic organization founded in 1985, dedicated to the advancement of Haitian culture in the United States through education, arts, and cultural presentations for Haitians in South Florida and beyond. The organization is celebrating its own 30th anniversary this year.

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Haiti Cardinal Chibly Langlois Celebrates Mass In Little Haiti

Chibly Langlois is the first Haitian cardinal who was elevated to the College of Cardinals by the Pope Francis on 22 February 2014. He is the youngest among the other men named as cardinals and the only cardinal among the new cardinals at the February 2014 consistory who was not an archbishop. Chibly Langlois is the president of Haiti's Bishops' Conference and the acting bishop of Les Cayes since 15 August 2011.

On Sunday 23 November 2014, at 9:30 am, Langlois celebrated the Mass at Notre Dame d'Haiti in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood. South Florida is the home of the largest Haitian Diaspora in the U.S. Cardinal Langlois, as the president of the Haitian bishops' conference, often visits South Florida to hold discussions on the Partnership for the Reconstruction of the Church in Haiti (PROCHE). On this occasion, Rev. Jean Mary Reginald, the administrator at Notre Dame has said, Langlois serves as the representative for Haitians everywhere-- he represents the Haitian church, the Haitian migrants, and symbolizes solidarity between Haitian Catholics and the Vatican. He is our witness before the church.

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Bike Ride to Celebrate Liberty City, Little Haiti, and Overtown, celebrating Diversity

Emerge Miami Bike Ride Immersive Experience Strengthens Cultural Ties. Activist cycling group Emerge Miami (EM) is partnering with Celebrate Diversity Miami (CDM), developed to strengthen communal ties between different ethnic neighborhoods in the metro area. EM is sponsoring their 100th neighborhood bike ride with CDM to focus on bringing awareness of each area's cultural and civic improvements in recent years. The ride to take place on October 11th will depart from City Hall and wend its way by principal heritage spots and places of interest in Overtown, Liberty City, and Little Haiti. Its final destination is Museum Park where a waterfront picnic will take place.

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Little Haiti book fair Sponsored by the Mapou Cultural Center

Over the weekend of September 13-14, 2014, Residents of South Florida were treated to a spectacular showcase of Haitian and Caribbean art, history and literature at the staging of two events. With the aim of coming to learn more about the pervasive Haitian culture, guests were invited to attend these free events and witness the displays of not just what Haiti has to offer culturally, but the Caribbean as well.

The back-to-back events were sponsored by Mapou Cultural Center, run by owner of the Haitian book store Libreri Mapou, Jan Mapou. They were, on Saturday, from 6:00 to 9:00 in the evening, a cocktail party held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, and, on Sunday, from 10:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening, a book fair which was also sponsored by the Knight Foundation. The first event featured musical items from various singers as well as a Haitian folk choir, while the second event featured appearances by famous Haitian author Gary Victor and Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat.

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Cardinal Chibly Langlois to celebrate first Mass at Notre Dame d'Haiti in Little Haiti

The Haitian community in Little Haiti and Miami will be able to participate in a Catholic Mass by Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois for the first time in Miami.

This Sunday, Nov. 23, at 9:30 a.m. at Notre Dame d'Haiti, 110 N.E. 62nd Street, he will be with us to celebrate the Mass with the community.

Born November 29, 1958, Chibly Langlois was elevated to the rank of cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis. He became the very first Haitian selected for this rank and the only one among the new cardinals who was not an archbishop.

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Trois Rivieres Botanica owner, Ronald Giordani, shot in Little Haiti

The owner of Trois Rivieres Botanica in Little Haiti should be very thankful this morning as he was the victim of a shooting in front of his business. On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Ronald Giordani who is the owner of Trois Rivieres Botanica was shot as he was helping unloading a truck in front of the business.

according to Miami Police, the incident happened around 9:00AM at 8245 NE 2nd Avenue n Miami. Ronald Giordani was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital by rescue. He is expected to survive his injuries.

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Creole ranked 10th most common foreign language spoken at Home in United States

The presence of the Haitian community in the United States is undeniable. Whether in politic, school or at the work place, it is hard to avoid our influence. A recent report just released has discovered that the Haitian presence and influence in the U.S. has in fact increased during the past 14 years in America.

According to the survey, the number of Creole speakers in United States has increased by 73 percent from 2000 to 2014. In 2000, Creole was the 14th most common language spoken at home. In 2014, it is ranks 10th.

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