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Guide to the Listen to This: Crown Heights Oral History collection 2010.020

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Burnett, Collette, 2010 May 10

Biographical / Historical

Collette Burnett was born in 1973 on Trinidad - the larger of two major islands which make up the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago - and immigrated to the United States in 1996. After initially living in Woodside, Queens, Burnett relocated to Crown Heights, Brooklyn to attend business school at Medgar Evers College. After working in finance as a small-business banker, Burnett was inspired to open her own restaurant. Her Caribbean-influenced eatery Super Wings was featured on a Food Network television show. In 2010, at the time of the interview, Burnett had been living in Crown Heights for nine years.

Scope and Contents

Collette Burnett describes her first years in Crown Heights, Brooklyn as a business student at Medgar Evers College, as well as the reasoning behind her post-graduation plans to encourage a more proportionate share of Black-owned stores in the neighborhood. Burnett recounts how she first worked with small businesses as a banker, eventually opening her own Caribbean-inspired restaurant. She outlines her company philosophy regarding customer service and the reasoning behind her menu choices. The interview ends with Burnett offering some advice on hard work and perseverance, as well as an anecdote about her son. Interview conducted by Monica Parfait, Ansie Montilus, and Alex Kelly.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. Use of the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires the permission of BHS. For assistance, contact

Subject Names

  • Burnett, Collette

Subject Organizations

  • City University of New York. Medgar Evers College

Subject Topics

  • African American neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • African Americans -x Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Caribbean Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Multiculturalism
  • Restaurants -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Economic conditions
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration