Crown Heights Not Immune to Opioid Epidemic

Chasidic Crown Heights is not immune to the opioid epidemic that is ravaging the country, says Operation Survival activist Yaacov Behrman. He doesn’t intend to sit idly by and watch it happen.

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Jewish Hipsters Flock to Crown Heights

A Jewish hipster haven in the heart of Chabad’s Brooklyn territory: Known as Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters since the 1940s, Crown Heights is becoming home to a new kind of Jew – the “hipster,” reports Ben Sales for the JTA. Is this a positive or negative development? Share your opinion in the comments section.

Controversial Crown Heights Homeless Shelter Opens

A new homeless shelter in Crown Heights – located just a block away from the Bais Rivkah Girls’ School – has officially opened its doors yesterday despite much opposition from local residents. However, this morning, a judge blocked the shelter from admitting any new residents pending the ongoing litigation.

Crown Heights Stores Unite Against Drug Abuse

This week has been dubbed National Prevention Week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In an effort to promote awareness that we all need to be alert to the potential dangers of substance abuse, Operation Survival has partnered with Crown Heights stores to relay a timely message for parents and educators: Teach Kids to Refuse to Use!

Crown Heights Now an Artisanal Kosher Haven

Dolly Rotter, a Chabad chasidic grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of 25, has lived on the south side of Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights since she was 6 years old. When the first kosher pizza shop, Shabsie’s, opened on Utica Avenue in the 1960s, she recalled the jubilation in the then-fledgling chasidic community.

16-Story Towers Face Public Scrutiny

The Crown Heights community can weigh in this week on a plan to change zoning rules to allow two new 16-story towers with 565 market-rate and affordable apartments — a project already facing opposition in a petition from an “anti-gentrification group.”

Pizza Wars, Beis Din, and the New York Times

Amid the turmoil surrounding the ‘Crown Heights Pizza Wars’ between Basil and Calabria, there has been a lot of confusion among the media and the public regarding the Halachic concept of ‘Hasogas Gvul.’ Writing for the Five Towns Jewish Times, Rabbi Yair Hoffman seeks to clear up some of the fog surrounding the issue.