Watkins Public Space

We are working with CaribBEING and the Brownsville Community Justice Center to bring local makers and vendors to Watkins Public Space this Summer. Starting Thursday June 16th, lookout for CaribBeing's iconic yellow shipping-container-turned-local-shop, murals, food, performances, and more.

We will be open throughout the week from 12 - 6pm until July 21st at Watkins St and Belmont Ave (172 Watkins St). Come visit!

Upccoming Events*:
  • June 21 - Opening day and Make Music Day (12 - 6pm)
  • June 24 - Be on Belmont Festival 
  • July 21 - Story Time at Watkins (1 - 3pm)
*events will be added as they are confirmed

July 21st Storytime at Watkins Public Space! 1 - 3pm
Join us for story time with the author of “Nia's Summer Vacation in the Caribbean” -  a children's book about family, culture and the Caribbean.

We’ll have art activities, snacks and games for the whole family!

About Nia's Summer Vacation in the Caribbean: 
Every summer, Nia looks forward to spending her vacation in the beautiful Caribbean island of St.Vincent and the Grenadines. The beautiful beaches, cool breeze and the sweet sound of soca music felt like home away from the big city.  Nia and her Gran Gran go on adventures across the island to learn more about her rich culture and heritage. This book is a love letter to the Caribbean from the eyes of a young girl. Nia’s relationship with her Gran Gran is a reflection of the bond and love that exists throughout generations and across distant lands. Join Nia on her Caribbean adventure!

♥Ideal for children ages 5-8.

♥Encourage travel and new experiences

♥Spark imagination and curiosity about different cultures.

Danielle (Duh-Neil) Fairbairn-Bland is a children’s diversity author, licensed mental health therapist, and speaker dedicated to creating literary art that reflects the dynamic experiences of people of the African Diaspora. Through children’s books and journals, she promotes the values of family, community, culture, and wellness. Danielle is determined to introduce images and stories that heal and restore lives. Danielle is a Brownsville native

Watkins Public Space is managed in partnership with Brownsville Community Justice Center and CaribBeing as part of Design Trust for Public Space’s Neighborhood Commons initiative.

Special thanks to Brownsville Community Justice Center, CaribBeing, NYC Department of Small Business Services and StreetLab for supporting this work.