Couples who are marrying amid coronavirus have had to slash their guest lists. Nowhere is this trend more visible than Crown Heights, the Brooklyn neighborhood that’s the headquarters of the global Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
As couple got married today in Crown Heights. Because no one could come to their wedding, they instead drove around the neighborhood and asked everyone to sing and dance with them from their homes. pic.twitter.com/MdwOys4MyI— Mordechai Lightstone (@Mottel) March 19, 2020
The world headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway — often referred to just as “770” — was shuttered by the virus for the first time in its history. Normally, the building and the surrounding area is a favorite location for weddings among Chabad’s international flock. During the times of year when weddings are popular, and permissible according to Jewish law, commuters arriving home on the subway might ascend to street level to witness sprawling crowds celebrating a wedding right next to 770 several nights a week.
One couple held a wedding there Wednesday with the usual accoutrements of music, flower girls and confetti — but far fewer guests than normal. By Thursday night, another couple determined to receive their due in good cheer decided on a different strategy: They took to the streets in a convertible, after disseminating their planned route.
From the video, at least, it seems they got what they needed.
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