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.

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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.

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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?

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Borough President Ousts Jewish Chairman of CB-9

Rabbi Col. Jacob Goldstein has served as Chairman of Brooklyn’s Community Board 9, which roughly correlates with the southern portion of Crown Heights and the neighborhood of Lefferts Gardens, for over three decades. His position there has long been seen as a way to placate the Crown Heights Jewish community, which has always been underrepresented on the board relative to their overall population in the district.