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A Hotel for Orthodox Jews Opens in Brooklyn

With new properties from giants Marriott and Starwood competing with indies like Smith Street’s NU and and Park Slope’s Le Bleu, Brooklyn’s hotel market is sizzling. So how can an upstart hotel compete? For the spanking-new Condor hotel in Williamsburg, according to real-estate site Curbed.com, the edge comes from amenities like wig stands and a Yiddish-speaking concierge — but no televisions or phone operator on Friday nights and Saturdays.

Since the 35-room Condor’s target market is Orthodox Jews and their large families, guests probably won’t mind. The hotel’s “half a block from a shul, from kosher food,” developer Zalman Glauber told the New York Daily News. “A Jewish businessman who has a show in the Javits Center will much more want to stay in a place where he can daven [pray] and have something to eat kosher,” he added.

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