Williamsburg

Don't Throw Out That Sukkah! This 'Shadchan' Will Find It A New Home

Hundreds of sukkah-seekers save money and fulfill holiday mitzvah through Flatbush family's efforts.

09/30/2012
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When Avi Weiss was a kid growing up in a Williamsburg apartment, he and his family were guests in other people’s sukkahs, but never had their own.

That changed when he bought his own house in Flatbush as an adult in 1977.

A few years after buying his first sukkah, Weiss and his family felt the need to upgrade as prefabricated offerings increased, and bought a larger, sturdier model. But given his reverence for the traditional hut, he was reluctant to simply toss it to the curb.

Avi Weiss and his grandson, Aron Lowenthal, in the Weiss family sukkah.

Beyond 'The Hats': Appreciating The Diversity Of Chasidic New York

02/12/2014
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The horrific murder last month of developer Menachem Stark and uproar over the callous media coverage of his life and death has put New York’s chasidic communities again at the center of attention. Whatever the facts established around Mr. Stark’s violent end and business dealings, and apart from the variety of opinions around headlines and protests – and there are sure to be more headlines, there is now a moment to plainly discuss our Hasidic neighbors and their increasingly prominent place in our shared civic life.

Michael Tobman

Taste Test: The Bagel-Croissant Hybrid At Brooklyn's The Bagel Store

01/27/2014
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First came the Cronut. Now, there’s the Cragel. 

Left to right: Bagel Store rugelach-bagel and croissant-bagel. Lauren Rothman

NYC Drops Suit Against Hasidic Stores Over Dress Codes

01/22/2014
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New York City dropped a lawsuit against seven Hasidic-owned stores in Brooklyn that posted dress codes for shoppers.

Business, Not Bias, Seen In Murder

Cops said to be operating on theory that captors were thugs for hire.

01/04/2014
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Detectives are investigating the business dealings of the financially troubled Satmar real estate developer and landlord whose charred corpse was pulled from a Great Neck Dumpster Friday, miles from the Williamsburg office where he was abducted the night before.

A law enforcement source told The Jewish Week hate crimes detectives were not currently involved, though all angles are being investigated. On Monday afternoon the family of Menachem Stark offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his killers.

Surveillance image shows van carrying Menachem Stark after his abduction late Thursday. Image courtesy NYPD

Kidnapped Chasidic Developer Found Dead In Great Neck

01/04/2014
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Menachem Stark, a financially troubled Satmar chasidic real estate developer who was kidnapped outside his Brooklyn office, was found dead in  garbage dumpster at a Great Neck gas startion hours later. His body had been burned and he reportedly died of suffocation. The body was discovered just as Shabbat was starting Friday afternoon around 4 p.m.

The body appears to have been dumped the night before and was in the dumpster all day until a gas station employee investigated the smell of burnt flesh.

Guardian Angels Patrolling Williamsburg After Latest 'Knockout' Attack

12/02/2013
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The Guardian Angels volunteer patrol has taken to the streets of Williamsburg following a report Sunday night that a chasidic man was punched in the face, the latest in a series of attacks suspected to be part of a "knockout game."

An elderly woman was also reportedly attacked in East New York over the weekend.

Attacks around New York and in other parts of the country have involved young men punching strangers on the street in an attempt to knock them unconscious. Previous attacks happened in Crown Heights and Borough Park.

Lhota Sees Hope in Frum Vote

Badly trailing in polls, Republican candidate is a regular in Borough Park and Williamsburg.

10/22/2013
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As polls suggest the lopsided mayoral race is all but over, with Democrat Bill de Blasio a mile ahead, Republican Joe Lhota seems to be working overtime to pick up support in neighborhoods where Jews have been most willing to cross party lines.

Joseph Lhota speaks with shopkeeper Joseph Waldman during a visit to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shimon Gifter

Hatzolah Aids Quinn Intern After Long 911 Delay

07/17/2013
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Hatzolah came to the rescue Tuesday when an ambulance failed to arrive to a spot on the New York mayoral campaign trail. The incident contributed to the debate over emegency response time in the city.

Studio Modifies 'Spiderman 2' Filming In Williamsburg During Passover

03/15/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

The filming schedule of “The Amazing Spider Man 2” was changed in response to a request made by a chasidic Orthodox community in Brooklyn.

Producers of the Hollywood franchise being shot at the Marcy Avenue Armory, a building located in the mostly Yiddish-speaking part of Williamsburg, agreed to reduce the presence of their vehicles in the neighborhood for the duration of Passover.

Plans to close a local intersection were canceled and most vehicles related to the production will be directed to private parking lots instead of taking up space on the street.

Marybeth Ihle, the spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment said there was never a plan to shoot outside the armory building and the "footprint of the production" would be reduced.

" The production will utilize only a few car lengths of parking outside the building while the rest of its vehicles will be contained in private lots," she told The Jewish Week. "The filming that is scheduled to take place there will happen in the interior of the Armory only.

“Additionally the films and TV shows you see filming in the City are made up of 130,000 hardworking New Yorkers who support themselves and their families by working behind the scenes as camera operators, production assistants, costume designers, electricians, and carpenters.”

 

Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg, added, “I’m happy that an agreement was reached and they’re not going to disrupt the preparation of the holiday, and the holiday itself.”

The proposed location shooting schedule for "The Amazing Spiderman 2" in Williamsburg was taken as an affront to the chasidic community there, its leaders said, because it would force the closing of streets and disrupt observance of Passover.

First the hipsters, now Spiderman?
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