Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, & Lefferts Gardens

Debate Emerges Over Security Measures for Local Houses of Worship

standard Debate Emerges Over Security Measures for Local Houses of Worship

In the wake of a knife attack at Chabad-Lubavitch world headquarters in Crown Heights, elected representatives debated whether sufficient security measures were in place for local houses of worship. A tension emerged between a desire to keep such institutions open to the public and the […]

At Conference of Hasidic Emissaries, Social Media Leads the Way

standard At Conference of Hasidic Emissaries, Social Media Leads the Way

“Selfies.” Hashtags. Live tweeting. Video streaming. A recent gathering of worldwide Hasidic emissaries demonstrated how the Chabad-Lubavitch sect, often at the vanguard of using the internet for religious outreach, has continued to lead the way with its embrace of social media. “Six years ago I sat hunched […]

Study to Rezone Empire Boulevard Rescinded, Group Claims

standard Study to Rezone Empire Boulevard Rescinded, Group Claims

A request for the City Planning Department to study Empire Boulevard and recommend possible zoning modifications was successfully rescinded in a Community Board vote and should not proceed, a local housing advocacy group claims. New papers submitted in a pending lawsuit by the Movement to Protect […]

Protesters Say ‘Loophole’ Allows Unlawful Increases for Low-Income, Rent Stabilized Tenants

standard Protesters Say ‘Loophole’ Allows Unlawful Increases for Low-Income, Rent Stabilized Tenants

Scores of residents and concerned housing advocates rallied in front of a Schenectady Avenue apartment building Saturday morning to demand protections for low-income tenants who fear they will soon be victims of illegal rent increases due to what they say a loophole in the law. Some 62 low-income families […]

Author & Illustrator Hosts Large-Scale Painting Collaboration Project With Children at BPL

standard Author & Illustrator Hosts Large-Scale Painting Collaboration Project With Children at BPL

Hervé Tullet, the best-selling author and illustrator of Press Here, took his imagination off the page and into the main hall of Brooklyn Public Library. On Sunday, Tullet joined 200 of Brooklyn’s fledgling artists and readers to paint a lively and colorful mural. The event […]

Private 'Campus' Roadway for Medgar Evers College Scaled Back

standard Private ‘Campus’ Roadway for Medgar Evers College Scaled Back

Crown Street to Remain Open to Public Officials at Medgar Evers college have partially retreated on plans to convert a public roadway into a campus-style plaza, according to community leaders who opposed the measure. Crown Street, between Bedford and Franklin Avenues, is also known […]

A protest over the 'Kapporos' ritual Wednesday morning on Eastern Parkway (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard Animal Cruelty Protests, Legal Actions Continue Over Jewish ‘Kapporos’ Ritual

Defenders Claim Religious Tradition and a Harmless Practice That Donates to Charity Continuing protests and legal action over ‘Kapporos,’ a holiday ritual involving the use of live chickens in some observant Jewish communities, took place in the courts and on the streets over the last few […]

Dwayne Nicholson, CB9's new President, tried to calm the audience while Police Officers and District Manager Pearl Miles (seated) look on (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard CB9: Chaos and Cacophony Leave Empire Blvd. Vulnerable and Its Fate Uncertain

A  meeting of Community Board 9 Tuesday evening was rife with acrimony and disorder, interrupted by frequent shouting and protests by the general public concerning the fate of Empire Boulevard, a wide thoroughfare on the border of Crown Heights from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens that remains in a […]