"Cari Poppins: Why So Many Brooklyn Nannies Come from the Caribbean"
By Tamara Mose Brown
It’s a Brooklyn cliché as persistent as cupcake shops and stroller wars — parks full of children, many white, being cared for by nannies, many not.
So how did so many women from the Caribbean — particularly Grenada, Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Guyana — end up nurturing the children of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens?
Caribbean migration to New York began in the late 19th century, when as many as 30,000 found their way to New York in search of opportunity and established a community. Over the next decades, immigration from the Caribbean increased to approximately 100,000 as the sugar industry declined further with little labor force and low capital flow...