Google accepted the suggestion of the Dominican-born Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), and from now on in its maps, it identifies the neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, and Inwood, in Upper Manhattan, as “Little Dominican Republic”.
The online map now has the words “Little Dominican Republic” printed in large letters in the aforementioned sectors, inhabited mostly by Quisqueyans.
“In my resolution before Congress, H.R. 77, I requested that the official name change of Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, and Inwood and recognize the significant contributions that Dominican-Americans make to our society and to celebrate our pride and culture”, Espaillat said.
“I am proud to see my resolution come true to recognize the presence of the Dominican community and our contributions to Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, and Inwood with the official name change and designation of our community as “Little Dominican Republic ”, which is now added to Google Maps”, he added.
The resolution for the name change was presented during the Great Dominican Parade in the Bronx, on July 29th, 2017, and included from the 135th to 218th St.
The congressman came to proclaim to the crowd, at that time, “just as there is Chinatown, Little Italy, there should be a neighborhood that honors the Dominican community, and what better way to be in Upper Manhattan, which is the cradle of the Quisqueyana community, a working community that makes great contributions in all areas to this nation, and exercises its voting power”.
For the Dominicans María de López and Ingrid Torres, in Upper Manhattan, the congressman shows once again that he is always pending in offering the best to his community, for which they congratulated him.
While Rosita Romero, executive director of the Dominican Women’s Development Center in 2018, proclaimed “there is so much of what we Dominicans have to offer and of what we are proud of”.