Jackson Heights

Democracy, Jackson Heights Style

10/06/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Midway through its three-hour running time, there is a scene in Frederick Wiseman’s new documentary, “In Jackson Heights,” in which we see a few minutes of a typical workday in the office of Councilman Daniel Dromm. Two members of Dromm’s staff are fielding irate calls from constituents. We hear only their side of the conversations, so it takes a moment before it becomes clear what very local issue the callers are discussing. But it is impossible to miss the interplay of exasperation, concern and slowly eroding patience in the faces of Dromm’s long-suffering staffers.

George Robinson

Swastikas Painted At Shul And Two Libraries In Queens

11/05/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Swastikas were painted on two public libraries and a synagogue in Queens.

The vandalism, which occurred on the night of Nov. 3, targeted the East Elmhurst Library, the Jackson Heights Library and Congregation Tifereth Israel in Corona.

The swastikas were removed from the libraries and covered up at the synagogue by the next afternoon. Police are reported to be investigating the vandalism as hate crimes.

On Nov. 4, elected officials held a rally against hate and bias crimes at one of the vandalized libraries.

In Defense of Halloween

 

It’s Nov. 1, and two buckets piled high with tempting goodies sit on my kitchen counter.

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