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"You Do It With Your Heart": Black Business Solidarity Initiative

You Do It With Your Heart highlights Black-owned businesses in Brooklyn. In this new multimedia series, Black business owners share their backgrounds and discuss how they have been affected by the economy, COVID-19, and growing gentrification. Their oral histories play over photographs taken by the Commission's Public Artist in Residence, renowned photographer Andre D. Wagner. Featured Cortelyou Road businesses include:

  • Sherman of Qathra

  • Dr. Walid of Grace Eyecare

  • Sylvia of Cortelyou Early Childhood Center

This project is a collaboration between the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, BE NYC, a division of the NYC Small Business Services,

and the Flatbush Development Corp.

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