A new sign bearing the name “Little Manila Avenue” will be put on a street corner in Woodside, Queens NYC to honor the large Filipino population in the area.
The sign will be on the southwest corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 70th Street.
Last year, a change.org petition to install the “Little Manila” street sign gained more than 3,000 signatures. This led to councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer to sponsor the legislation for the sign.
“I wanted to honor the Filipino and Filipino American community who are an important part of the Woodside community,” Van Bramer said to the Sunnyside Post.
The area also has a high concentration of Filipino businesses. Jollibee’s first-ever New York City branch opened in the area. According to the most recent census, 86,000 Fillipinos live in New York and 54 percent of the population live in Queens.
“The footprints of the Philippines are here,” Dennis Nepomuceno, co-owner of Kusina Pinoy Bistro restaurant, said to CBS News. “Very happy and very proud of that. At least we have that small dot on the map that says Little Manila and that is something for us.”
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