Nate Lavey


Old-School Brooklyn Hat Store Keeps Hasids and Hipsters Looking Dapper

By Nate Lavey

Old-School Brooklyn Hat Store Keeps Hasids and Hipsters Looking Dapper
After 65 years in business an old-school Williamsburg hat store keeps Hasids and hipsters looking dapper with the help of a dedicated clientele and 100-year old hat-mending machines.Read More


The Kotel Is Close to Our Hearts

By Nate Lavey

The Kotel Is Close to Our Hearts
American Jews are speaking out about one of the issues that is closest to their hearts: the right of women to pray as they please at the Western Wall in JerusalemRead More


Instagramming Purim in Hasidic Boro Park

By Nate Lavey

People in Boro Park tend to stick with traditional Hasidic clothing like headscarves, shtreimels, and rekels. But on Purim you’re bound to see people dressed as clowns, princesses and even SpongeBob SquarePants. Here are a few Instagram photos from around the neighborhood that give a sense of what it’s like on Purim in Boro Park.Read More


The Forward's Top 10 Videos of 2012

By Nate Lavey

The Forward's Top 10 Videos of 2012
From the world’s strongest girl, to a political diva dressed in pink and a Jew moonlighting as Santa — it’s time for our top 10 videos from 2012.Read More


Tunisia Riots and a Mysterious Star of David

By Nate Lavey

Tunisia Riots and a Mysterious Star of David
According to reports on Twitter and in Tunisian media, Muslim protestors have scaled barrier walls at the U.S. embassy in Tunis.Read More






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