24 Years Since Murder of Pesha Leah Lapine, HYD

24 years ago, on the 2nd of Adar Aleph, Mrs. Pesha Leah Lapine, HYD, was murdered al kiddush hashem. The horrific killing shocked the community, and the Rebbe took it very personally – attending her Levaya with pain visible on his face. A gallery of photos from that Levaya was acquired and restored by JEM, and can be viewed in the extended article – along with the translated diary of an Israeli Bochur who transcribed his firsthand account of the events of that fateful day.

Black Heritage Site Seeks Riots Testimony

This summer, the neighborhood will mark a grim anniversary: the 25th year since anti-Semitic violence and rioting swept Crown Heights in August of 1991. To mark the occasion, the Weeksville Heritage Center, a local African-American Historical and Cultural Institution, is asking those who “participated in or experienced” the 1991 riots to tell their stories.

Bike Lanes Proposed on Crash-Prone Crown Heights Side Streets

Five miles of new bike lanes and a turn restriction on one of the borough’s most dangerous intersections may soon come to two Crown Heights side streets, according to a new proposal from the Department of Transportation.

Terrifying Extortion Scam Targets Crown Heightsers

“We have your son; if you ever want to see him again, send us $5,000.” This terrifying threat, amid background noise that is the sound of a child screaming and crying “help me!” is what at least two members of the Crown Heights community heard when they picked up the phone over the past couple of days.

Vision Zero Law Not Used in Fatal Crown Heights Crash

Of four fatal crashes that have occurred in the neighborhood since new penalties for drivers went into effect in 2014, none have resulted in new “Vision Zero” charges meant to increase penalties for killing pedestrians and cyclists, an analysis by DNAinfo New York found. Among those who avoided criminal charges was the driver who ran over and killed Rabbi Kuti Rapp, OBM.

Police: Jewish Teen Fabricates Hate Crime

Yesterday evening, a Jewish teenager in Crown Heights called 911 and reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. Police responded by swiftly arresting and charging the suspected perpetrator, but later discovered to their chagrin that the whole thing had been made up.

Crown Heights Armory to Be Sold to Developer

The Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights, which recently hosted Chabad’s Kinus Hashlucim workshops and Satmar’s 21 Kislev celebrations, will soon be sold to a developer, who plans to tear down the structure and replace it with housing units.