A Williamsburg Hasid explains what the film got right — and what it got wrong.
“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.