The Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio said that ‘if you want the job done, hire a Guyanese.’
The Mayor was speaking at the ceremony to unveil the sign that co-named Liberty Avenue as Little Guyana Avenue.
There was much cause for pride and celebration as hundreds braved the rains and turned up to witness the historic moment. It is no secret that Guyanese have made an indelible contribution to the development of Queens, and the City of New York. Their numbers suggest that one is likely to find a Guyanese in every block in South-East Queens. Unofficial estimates say that there are at least 300,000 Guyanese in the New York Metropolitan and tri-State areas.
Mayor de Blasio was on point when he said, ‘I am not just Mayor of New York City; I am Mayor of the largest Guyanese community outside of Guyana, and I am proud of that because this community has done so much.’
The signage ‘Little Guyana Avenue’ has instilled much pride in the Guyanese community in New York, and beyond.
We present pictorial highlights of the historic co-naming event.