The station sign says Ozone Park, but the truth is we’ve landed in Richmond Hill, Queens. We’re way way out from Manhattan’s commercial districts and expensive real estate now, and that distance helps create this bustling immigrant neighborhood and protect it from encroachment.
The demographics here are a globe-spanning mix of the West and East Indies. Richmond Hill is called “Little Guyana” for the prevailing influence of that South American nation (a British colony until 1966), but the Caribbean islands (particularly Trinidad) and Indian subcontinent are in the mix as well.
The combination is literally delicious, and this area might be the richest for food options that we’ve seen so far. Trini Roti shops, Chinese-Guyanese hybrids, restaurants that sell clothes out front and do your taxes in the back. How are we ever going to leave this place?
Featuring Dallas Penn & Rafi Kam
Directed by Casimir Nozkowski
Shot by Jesse Brown
Edited by Bryan Galatis
Field Producer: Humu Yansane
Music: Aaron S. Brown http://aaronsbrown.com
Re-Recording Engineer: Tod Chapman
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