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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Westbrooks, Aricka, 2008 April 15

Biographical / Historical

Aricka Westbrooks, born 1970, was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Jive Turkey, a quick-order restaurant that specialized in deep-fried turkey, located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. At the time of the 2008 interview, the restaurant had been open for five years. Jive Turkey was Westbrooks' first business; prior to her entrance into entrepreneurship, she worked in fashion public relations. Westbrooks' business was enabled by support from Restoration's revolving loan capital fund. Westbrooks served on the board of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, and was active in the local merchants' association.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Aricka Westbrooks describes the process she went through to finance her quick order fried turkey restaurant, which was enabled through Restoration's revolving capital fund. She describes her current work as an entrepreneur, and imagines what she might have done if she hadn't received a Restoration small business loan. Interview conducted by Bahati Williams.

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Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Oral History Portal. Use of the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires permission from BHS by contacting

Subject Names

  • Westbrooks, Aricka

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Subject Topics

  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community development corporations -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Community development, Urban -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Economic development -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Entrepreneurship -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Fundraising -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Restaurants -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)