Confusion comes in wake of Upper East Side attack.
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When Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the principal of Ramaz, an Orthodox day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, first heard about last week’s attack in the neighborhood on a Jewish couple by a mob bearing Palestinian flags, he had an instinctual response. Maybe the male students at his school should consider wearing baseball caps over their yarmulkes when wandering around the neighborhood, he thought.
Fire-damaged Ramaz accepts free temporary space from Temple Emanu-El and Park Avenue Synagogue.
Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side is a neighborhood of towering rents, but the Orthodox Ramaz School is using 18,000 square feet of Reform Temple Emanu-El’s space for a cool $1 for two months.
Homeless after the July 11 fire in the 85th Street building that houses both Ramaz and its parent synagogue, Kehilath Jeshurun, the school’s first through fourth graders will study through October in the classrooms normally occupied by Temple Emanu-El’s afternoon Hebrew School, in the synagogue building at 65th Street and Fifth Avenue.
New York magazine has a great chart comparing two adjacent New York City congressional districts in this week's issue. One is District 14, which includes all of the Upper East Side, parts of Murray Hill, Long Island City, Astoria, and a few other less affluent places too. The other is District 16, just north of the Upper East Side, and covers much of the South Bronx. The stats they line up are startling: the average income in District 14 is $79,385; in D-16 it's $23,073.