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.
09/29/2012 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor

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.

Whooping Cough Outbreak Hits NY Charedi Neighborhoods

10/19/2015 - 20:00

An outbreak of whooping cough has hit several charedi Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City’s Brooklyn borough.

Via nyc.gov

A Pop-up World’s Fair Of Jewish Culture

Taking in a sampling of shows at KulturfestNYC, which drew some 50,000 people.

06/22/2015 - 20:00
Culture Editor

Watching a concert of Yiddish music in Central Park last week was a bit like playing an old-fashioned game of Telephone. My Yiddish-speaking husband would translate a refrain, whisper it to me, and then I’d lean over to try to explain the meaning to the opera singer from Ukraine who happened to be sitting next to me, along with another Ukrainian who understood some of the lyrics, as he spoke German. He’d then pass the sentence along to an American friend.

From Kulturfest concert in Central Park. Courtesy of Kulturfest

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

02/11/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

01/26/2014 - 19:00
Food & Wine Editor

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

01/21/2014 - 19:00

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.

01/03/2014 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

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

01/03/2014 - 19:00

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

12/01/2013 - 19:00

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.
10/21/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

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
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