“Modesty was really important here. If the imagery was not congruent to the community’s standards, it could be a barrier.”
“People thought they were building for everybody,” one resident said. “But they were building for themselves.”
The plans for a 1,146-unit apartment complex in South Williamsburg have reopened a debate within the neighborhood’s diverse community over who gets the best affordable housing. Some residents fear that the Rabsky Group’s eight-building development will have a sizable number of multi-bedroom apartments — a layout that they say privileges large ultra-Orthodox families over smaller Hispanic families.
Police are investigating after a motorcyclist dumped anti-Semitic fliers on a street in Brooklyn’s heavily Jewish Williamsburg neighborhood.
Four Brooklyn politicians are demanding the restoration of women’s only-hours at two Williamsburg pools to accommodate Hasidic Jewish women.
The epithet might have been a reference to the southern portion of Williamsburg, which is home to a large Hasidic Jewish community.
“Such messages are extremely painful and when dismissed and ignored, it can escalate into physical attacks, God forbid,” a local rabbi said.
He asked, “Are you Spanish?” I replied, “Jewish. Like you.”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind re-entered Brooklyn’s swim wars, today sending a letter to the New York City Parks Department demanding the expansion of women’s hours at the Metropolitan Recreation Center in Williamsburg.
Residents of the Hasidic neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, refused to help police investigating the 2013 gang beating of a black gay man by Orthodox Jews, an NYPD detective testified in open court August 30.