Williamsburg

Hatzolah Aids Quinn Intern After Long 911 Delay

07/16/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

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

03/14/2013 - 20:00
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?

Alleged Driver In Chasidic Hit-Run Charged With Manslaughter, Criminal Negligence

03/12/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Julio Acevedo, the suspected driver of the car that struck a livery cab and killed a Williamsburg chasidic couple and their premature baby on March 3 has been indicted for second-degree manslaughter and second degree criminally negligent homicide, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announched Tuesday.

Julio Acevedo: Claims he sped to avoid gunshots.

As N.Y. Haredi Population Grows, Battles Over City Neighborhoods Ensue

02/18/2013 - 19:00
JTA

If you're looking to move to an apartment on or near Park Avenue, be prepared to break open the piggy bank. Prices are higher than ever and developers are squabbling over construction rights.

That's Park Avenue, Brooklyn -- not its swankier Manhattan namesake.

Watching Frankenstorm From Inside Moishe House

Frankenstorm Sandy brought us New Yorkers a new perception of this city, teaching us about a “New York City is a city that can actually sleep.” This new New York is a city that is under water. It suffered over 30 casualties, the evacuation of 400,000-plus people, the loss of water and electricity.

The city that sleeps? Oy. Wikimedia Commons

FDNY Distributes Fire Safety Tips For Yom Kippur

09/24/2012 - 20:00

 

Don’t leave cooking food unattended. Wear tighter or snug-fitting sleeves when cooking. Use sturdy candleholders and keep candles at least four feet away from curtains or cabinets.

Those are some of the safety tips distributed by the Fire Department of New York in Williamsburg and other heavily Jewish areas as Jews prepare for Yom Kippur with large meals before and after the day of fasting, prayer and reflection.

‘Unorthodox’ With The Facts?

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Is Deborah Feldman’s “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots” the publishing world’s latest fraudulent memoir, on par with James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces?”

Or has the 25-year-old Williamsburg native simply exercised a little poetic license in crafting her tale of growing up Satmar?

Deborah Feldman: Credibility questioned, Satmar memoir still selling well.

Atheists To Post Billboard With Tetragrammaton In Williamsburg

03/04/2012 - 19:00

 

An atheist organization says it will unveil a Hebrew-language billboard calling God a “myth” near a Brooklyn Chasidic enclave.

The group American Atheists says it will unveil a billboard Monday in Chasidic-dominated South Williamsburg. The billboard writes out the name of God in Hebrew -- the Tetragrammaton that observant Jews are proscribed from saying aloud -- and then features in English and Hebrew translation the phrase “You know it’s a myth … and you have a choice.”

Most chasidic Jews speak Yiddish, not Hebrew.

Unapologetically ‘Unorthodox’

With a memoir about growing up in — and leaving — Satmar Williamsburg, 25-year-old Deborah Feldman is one tough Jewess.
02/08/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

 

Editor's Note: A follow-up story concerning allegations made in Deborah Feldman's "Unorthodox" appears here.

 

Deborah Feldman and her memoir — “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots”

Williamsburg Affordable Housing Plan Halted

State judge rules that Broadway Triangle project would favor chasidic families and is discriminatory by design.
01/09/2012 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The planned Broadway Triangle affordable housing project was designed to be full of multi-room apartments in buildings no higher than eight stories — perfect for chasidic families with many children, who can’t use an elevator on Shabbat or holidays.

Williamsburg Councilman Steven Levin, above left, with Rabbi David Niederman, top right. At right is Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
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