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Crown Heights gathers at windows to cheer just-married couple

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.

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.


A newly married couple cruised the Crown Heights streets looking for cheers and congratulations, and got them — coronavirus-style. Image by Courtesy of Leah Zagelbaum

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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