Community Board-9 Pressured to Appoint Disgraced Political Operative as District Manager

Ingrid Lewis-Martin, a senior adviser to Borough President Eric Adams who has close ties to disgraced Brooklyn Democratic boss Clarence Norman Jr., is putting the heat on Community Board-9 – which encompasses most of Jewish Crown Heights – to hire Norman’s ex-campaign treasurer, Carmen Martinez, as district manager — even though she was previously forced out of a city job for committing fraud.

New Eruv Erected in Crown Heights

Over the past few weeks there has been much speculation among members of the Crown Heights community that the erection of an Eruv in the neighborhood is imminent. An investigation by has determined that the rumors are indeed true: A new Eruv has recently been erected that encompasses a large portion of northern Crown Heights.

Prosecutors: Stabbing Not a Hate Crime

The Brooklyn D.A.’s Office has dropped hate crime charges against Keny Rochelin, the 26-year-old man arrested for the stabbing of Leiby Brickman in Crown Heights one month ago and another two people in Prospect Park last week, saying the suspect is likely suffering from mental illness and didn’t stab Brikman because he is Jewish.

Social Media Hysterics Prompt Fear for Students’ Safety

Parents of students in Beis Rivkah Elementary School were left to fear for their children’s safety after irresponsible rumors and social media hysterics lead some to believe that the school was on ‘lockdown’. School administration said “there was never any concern for the safety of our students, it was just a misunderstanding.”

A New View in Crown Heights

Shifra and Yaakov Astolin, a young Crown Heights couple with a degree in optometry and an entrepreneurial dream, opened their boutique glasses store in the neighborhood one year ago, with the goal of creating “a different sort of glasses shop than what is typical in this neighborhood.”