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Initiatives

Likkle Library develops initiatives to nourish & support the enhancement of the historic Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood located in Brooklyn, New York. Bed-StUy features the largest Black population center in the United States.

NexUS

The NexUS Technology Training Program is the skill development center for MASK Consortium and Virtual Live Experiences, in partnership with likkle Jamaican Dumpling House & Library. 

The curriculum orients and activates learners with the infrastructure and skill sets necessary for the "Emerging Workforce," utilizing cutting edge technology.

This hybrid (virtual + hands-on) training program is designed for participants ages 11+, and includes select Learning Management System tools, that enable an interactive and immersive experience.
  • 3-Dimensional Scanning
  • 360 Degree Capture
  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Live Streaming Production
  • Productivity Software Training
  • Computer Hardware

    SM.ART CORNER: Eco-Forward, NY State Quarantine Safety Approved, Open Air Art, Music, and Dining Space

    • Eco-Forward + Wellness Considerate: Black Top Asphalt Absorbs Heat. White concrete sidewalks reflect it. The combination of the heat stored in a New York street and the heat shining off of it make sitting on the street for outdoor dining not only uncomfortable, but also potentially dangerous. Covering those surfaces with a combination of soil/planting, wood re-surfacing and paint substances and hues that reduce the dizzying effects of urban summer heat. Completing the seating with raised areas which allow for rainflow to progress to sewers and tenting to further protect guests from sun overexposure.
    • NY State Quarantine Safety Approved: Inspired by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s continued outstanding leadership throughout the COVID crisis, and his most recently issued guidance regarding phased openings of restaurants, the dining layout will maximize the wellness, safety, and comfort of its patrons with amply spaced, clearly marked seating 
    • Art: Utilizing the eco-friendly paint product as their palette, and under the curatorial direction of Liza Quinones, Women Owned, StreetTheory Gallery, emerging and established artists will create a public artwork mural spanning from the 2 story wall, across the sidewalk, and into the street, in a feat of epic creative collaboration designed in content and fabrication  to emanate, and build Community pride, awareness of neighborhood history, and its connectivity to the world via the artists, and activists who left Brooklyn to change the world.
    • Music: Whether through speakers playing playlists curated by the Libraries’ Cultural Ambassadors, DJ Sets by neighborhood greats, or Intimate live pop-up performances, guests will have a continuing range of cultural programming and entertainment which informs them directly about the neighborhood they are in. 
    • Dining: likkle jamaican dumpling house and library  is focused on servicing the demand for a  high-quality but low-key dining experience.  The infusion of Jamaican flavors to traditional comfort food makes the menu new and distinctive, yet at the same time, fits right in with the multi-ethnic and  multi-cultural diaspora that exists in the Clinton Hill and Fort Greene neighborhoods of Brooklyn.    

    About the Creator
    Alicia Hines is the owner of the "likkle Jamaican Dumpling and Library". Ms. Hines received her degree in English Literature from Princeton University in 1995 and a Masters in American Studies from New York University in 1999. Ms. Hines taught English and was an Academic Dean at Horace Mann School in the Bronx. She writes about public space, art and culture. Hines, with Alondra Nelson (President of the Social Science Research Council) and Thuy Nguyen Tu (Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU) is the co-editor of a collection of essays on race and technology, titled Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life, published by NYU Press.