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Crown Heights

25 Years Later, Crown Heights Continues to Heal

Carmelyn P. Malalis | Posted 08.21.2016 | New York
Carmelyn P. Malalis

Photo courtesy of This post is brought to you by Paula L. Sanders, a dedicated and long-serving member of the Commission's Communi...

Parents: Do the Right Thing and Take Responsibility

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 05.25.2016 | New York
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

On Sunday May 8th, a group of African-American children set fire to a parked school bus in front of a Jewish elementary school in Crown Heights. The i...

Astoria Characters: The Ex-Cop on the Legal Beat

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.02.2017 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Bankruptcy is not as bad as you think. Before you dismiss this seemingly novel idea, give Phill Mahony a chance to explain it to you.

Mermaid Avenue

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.01.2017 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I am decades older now than I was on that visit to Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island but fundamentally I am the same. I am still the hopeful romantic about my city, albeit now a warmer one with different flora, mountains, tastes and accents.

10 Murals Transform A Brooklyn Neighborhood Into A Public Art Haven

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts

What goes together better than ice cream, sunshine and neighborhood camaraderie? Ice cream, sunshine, neighborhood camaraderie and public art, that's ...

Brooklyn Magazine's Margaret Eby on Her Go-To Spots in Brooklyn

Sarah Stodola | Posted 03.24.2015 | New York
Sarah Stodola

When Margaret Eby moved from her native Alabama to New York City, like many college freshman before her, she found that her first New York experience revolved around Manhattan. But after graduation she found her way to an apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. "It feels more like home" than other spots she's lived, she says.

A Stroll Down Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Sarah Stodola | Posted 10.29.2014 | New York
Sarah Stodola

Just five years ago, Franklin Avenue was an overlooked thoroughfare in an overlooked neighborhood. That changed as the racial tensions that scarred th...

All-Girl Hasidic Jewish Band Rocks Harder Than Anyone

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion

As observant Hasidic Jews, Dalia Shusterman and Perl Wolf never thought they'd be playing alt-rock music to a packed, all-female house at Arlene's Gro...

The Art Bug

Chef Rossi | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Chef Rossi

I was sitting in my first grade class when the art bug first bit me. I had just learned about death. It may have been a pet goldfish, but somehow the infuriating knowledge that we all simply end had been thrust upon me.

Being Queer and Jewish in Ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn

J.E. Reich | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J.E. Reich

Perhaps my refusal to truly be myself in Crown Heights, to be open about who I am, a Jewish queer woman, is not entirely oppressive. Lost in my own preconceptions about the community that I love with verocity, despite everything, I forgot that people here, as everywhere, are complex.

Faces of Moral Courage

Antonia Marrero | Posted 11.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Antonia Marrero

Moral courage is speaking truth to power within your own community -- for the sake of the greater good.

A Community Finds a New Way: Crown Heights and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurship Program provides resources and, most importantly, a place for young businesspeople and entrepreneurs to meet. Rabbi Werde's vision is that every young person in his community will have the resources necessary to pursue business aspirations.


Chaim Levin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Just under 10 years ago, I came forward with a secret that haunted the majority of my life. A secret that I once swore I'd never tell anyone, it ate at the fiber of my soul every single second of every day. Now, I am proud of myself for doing what I once believed I'd never be able to do.

Brooklyn to Accra and India to Brooklyn: Reveling in a Working Hiatus

Atim Oton | Posted 06.16.2013 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Some people experience a disaster and it ends their businesses; I saw the fire as an opportunity.

The Gentrification Of Crown Heights

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York

A hypothetical time-lapse video of Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, starting in the year 2000: The block is lined with dollar stores, bodeg...

WATCH: NYPD Officers Beat Shirtless Man In Jewish Youth Center

Posted 10.15.2012 | New York

A surveillance video at a Jewish youth center in Crown Heights captured two NYPD officers brutally beating a shirtless man after he was seen resisting...

PHOTOS: Alligators, Bearded Dragons Seized From Crown Hts. Apartment

Posted 09.10.2012 | New York

CROWN HEIGHTS — Police seized 13 exotic animals, including alligators, bearded dragons, and a tarantula in the raid of a public housing unit Friday,...

Brooklyn DA Trumped Up Hate Crime Charges

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Crime
Eliyahu Federman

There is no parallel between the Shuchat assault and racial tensions almost two decades earlier. Besides, you can't use history to try to prove an individual's intent in a specific isolated case -- otherwise one could claim racial motive in any white-on-black crime.

The Grave Truth Threatening Orthodox Communities

Chaim Levin | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Forty-thousand religious Jews gathered at Citi Field to discuss the "grave" threat the Internet poses to their religious lifestyle. From the moment I found out about this event, I was dumbfounded.

Growth Spurt and Growing Pains in Crown Heights

Nick Juravich | Posted 05.22.2012 | New York
Nick Juravich

Last Tuesday Crown Heights, residents said said goodbye to the Crow Hill Community Garden. While losing the garden doesn't cripple community-building efforts, it does eliminate an important public space for dialogue and exchange.

Mind the Gap in Crown Heights

Radio Rookies | Posted 07.07.2012 | Teen
Radio Rookies

We all attend the High School for Global Citizenship in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Around the school, there are different types of people -- it's like a mini-world in one neighborhood.

DA's Office Knew About Woman's Rape Recantation, Jailed Men Anyway

Posted 04.18.2012 | New York

The Brooklyn DA's office sat on a rape recantation for nearly a year while two men accused of the crime sat behind bars, documents reveal. Last Jun...

WATCH: Teens Play Chicken With Subway Train

Posted 04.17.2012 | New York

Sure, the teens in this video don't get hit, but jumping onto the train tracks in the New York City subway is always a bad idea New York. Always. T...

The Education I Never Had, And Why No One Is Doing A Thing About It

Chaim Levin | Posted 06.10.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

At the age of 17, I had a formal education more comparable to a third grader. I lacked the opportunity to function as an informed, educated young adult.

National Education Day And The Education I Never Had

Chaim Levin | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Yesterday was proclaimed National Education and Sharing Day in tribute to the late Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem Schneerson's birthday. It baffles me that the Chabad movement has inspired such an observance.