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Developers Wish They Could Build More in Crown Heights

Crown Heights is one of the fastest — if not the fastest — gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City, and the building of condos and rentals there can be a very profitable endeavor. However, due to various zoning ordinances that predate the surging demand for housing, developers are frustrated by empty warehouses in areas zoned for commercial use that cannot be converted to residential units, as well as many other building restrictions.

Y.G. Marks Rosh Yeshiva’s 40th Year with New Sefer

In honor of 4 Menachem Av, which marks the 40th year (5734-74) since the arrival of the Rosh Yeshivah of the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand (Y.G. – Melbourne), Rabbi Binyomin Cohen, The students of the Yeshivah published a Sefer of Chidushei Torah (Vol. 20), consistent with the Rebbe’s directive that the Yeshivah Gedolah be a centre of Torah learning for Melbourne, and all of Australia.

1/3/13

The Rebbe’s Call for Summertime Tznius, Pt. 2

“Prior to the summer, the Rebbe would – almost annually – discuss the topic of Tznius,” says Oholei Torah Mashpia Rabbi Michoel Seligson. At his suggestion, CrownHeights.info has begun a new weekly feature for the summer months, in which a few words of the Rebbe on topic of Tznius are presented for our readers, as compiled by Rabbi Seligson.

Chabad Campaign Sweeps Through Israel: ‘With G-d’s Help, We Will Prevail’

“With G‑d’s help, we will prevail” is a line popping up all over Israel: on banners hanging from porches, on the covers of information brochures, on the glossy packages of Shabbat candles—and just about anywhere else Chabad volunteers are able to reach.

Library Books Spreading Bed Bugs?

This past weekend, Shloime Klein, a Crown Heights resident, borrowed a book from the Maple St. Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. When he opened the book, he was shocked to find it crawling with ‘stage three’ bed bugs.

Picture of the Day: ​“Bad Guy” Does Good Deed

On a recent trip, CGI-Simcha Monica visited America’s first theme park – Knotts Berry Farm. The night before the trip, the staff-members were tipped off about a Jewish worker with whom they should try to put on Tefilin. But they were warned that it would be a challenge: He was one of the “bad guys,” the actors who would regularly “rob” guests on the train which travels throughout the park.

The Doula Extraordinaire of Crown Heights

by Chaya Bar-Chaim

It was not quite 6 a.m. on July 13, 1981, when the phone rang in Rochel Vail’s upstate summer bungalow. Her friend’s frantic husband was on the line. His wife was in labor, and his car had broken down. Would Vail drive them the three hours to the hospital in New York City?