Williamsburg

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

03/13/2013
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

02/19/2013
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

09/25/2012

 

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?

03/06/2012
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

03/05/2012

 

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.

02/09/2012
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.

01/10/2012
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.

Williamsburg Chasid Forgives His Attacker

"I have not one ounce of hatred," says Nochem Elek to man who broke his nose.

11/18/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

My name is Nochum Elek, I am a Torah Jew, and a psychotherapist. Last Friday night I was assaulted on the street I live on, for reasons unknown to me or anyone else to the best of my knowledge. Some people think that it was a hate crime, others a gang initiation and some are spinning tall tales that I’m at fault for being either a slum lord, the owner of a business who didn’t pay his workers on Friday, or even a Public School teacher hated by his students.

NYPD Arrests Teens In W’burg Anti-Semitic Attacks

12/07/2010
Assistant Managing editor

Police in Williamsburg arrested two teens who were apprehended by the volunteer Shomrim Patrol following a violent attack Monday night, the second such attack in two weeks.

Moshe Guttman, 44, was attacked in the same area where Joel Weinberger was brutally assaulted on Thanksgiving Day, near Beer HaTorah yeshiva on Wallabout Street and Harrison Avenue around 11 p.m. as he was leaving a Chanukah party. The attackers fled after Guttman started screaming and the Shomrim caught the suspects as they ran.

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