Borough Park

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Window Washing Is A Terrifying Gig: A Brief History

    Cleaning windows in New York City is a tough, thankless, and, quite frankly, terrifying job. The city saw that last week when window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama found themselves trapped on a dangling scaffold outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center. For more than 90 minutes, the two we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Pot Arrests Are on the Rise in de Blasio's New York

    When he was running for office last year, candidate Bill de Blasio warned of the "disastrous consequences" low-level marijuana arrests have for both the individuals caught with a small amount of pot, and their families. "These arrests limit one's ability to qualify for student financial aid, and und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Appetizing Counters in NYC

    When seeking an enduring taste of this city's culinary heritage, look for preservatives. Smoke and salt have been used as methods of preserving foods far longer than New York has had a grid plan, but the ways in which these techniques were utilized by turn-of-the-century Eastern European immigrants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Knockout Attack "Victim" Admits He May Have Just Tripped; Threatens to Sue Anyway

    On Tuesday reports of another sudden, unprovoked attack surfaced in Brooklyn. This time the victim was a 65-year-old Hasidic grandfather from London, visiting New York for a wedding. The man was leaving the reception at Borough Park's Palace Ballroom around 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning when, he would l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Alan Dershowitz to Brooklyn College: Academic Freedom For Me But Not For Thee

    It has become a safe assumption that otherwise liberal and open-minded New York politicians will make an exception for Israel. Case in point: 10 members of the New York City Council have declared that they support academic freedom, just not the freedom of public universities to host events that do n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Levi Aron Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping And Murder Of Leiby Kletzky

    Levi Aron, the Borough Park man in custody since last summer after confessing to police that he abducted and dismembered eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky, pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder and kidnapping in a plea deal that will carry a sentence of 40 years to life. Aron's lawyers said one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    BK Sex Offender Arrested; Cops Say He Snapped Pics of 9-Year-Old Girl

    A convicted pedophile has been arrested on charges of child endangerment --- cops say that David Zimmer recently took photos of a 9-year-old girl, and they want to know whether you've seen him hanging around other kids.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Leiby Kletzy's Family Issues Statement, Sets Up Memorial Fund

    ​Rabbi Nachman and Esther Kletzky, the parents of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, the Borough Park boy allegedly abducted and killed by Levi Aron, have issued a statement to the public following their seven days of mourning. They thank friends, neighbors, volunteers, government agencies, and all New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Milton Balkany, Brooklyn Rabbi With Clout, Guilty as Charged in Shakedown Case

    Frances M. Roberts/Newscom​A jury in Manhattan federal court yesterday convicted Brooklyn Rabbi Milton Balkany of extortion, thus ending one of New York's longest-running lucky streaks. The verdict caps a seven-day trial which revealed a drama worthy of John Guare or David Mamet: Secretly reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2010

    Two Low-Key Food Events: Spuyten Duyvil's Oktoberfest & International Pickle Day

    ​Two attendees at Spuyten Duyvil's Oktoberfest might have been posing for an August Sander photo in the 1920s. Note the lederhosen. OKTOBERFEST AT SPUYTEN DUYVIL Too many of today's grandiose food events are a pain in the ass to attend, and expensive, too. I'm thinking of shindigs where the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Carl Paladino and Yehuda Levin: Made for Each Other

    ​Not that he'd appreciate the metaphor, but now that Carl Paladino has jumped into bed with veteran local loon Rabbi Yehuda Levin, maybe he'd like to take ownership of some of Levin's greatest hits. The 56-year-old rabbi from Borough Park has been glomming onto TV cameras since the early '80s, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    The Miracle of David's Brisket House in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

    ​David's hyperbolically good $10 roast brisket sandwich, in this case on rye with gravy. The history of David's Brisket House is lost in the murk of time. Surprisingly, it's a Jewish-style deli in the commercial heart of Bed-Stuy. Does it date from the days early in the last century when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Another Tuesday, Another Election No One Will Vote In

    ​It's Tuesday, and these days in New York City, that means another special election. With runoff elections, resignations, and the occasional expulsion from a legal body, there have been quite a few in the past election season. Today's race is in the 44th City Council District, where Republica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Milton Balkany, Brooklyn Rabbi, Busted Again

    ​There are many choice quotes contained in the new federal complaint filed yesterday against Milton Balkany, the politically connected Borough Park rabbi whose Rolodex includes well-thumbed cards for influential figures ranging from Bob Dole to Rudy Giuliani. Here's Balkany, 63, telling repr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Barrett: John Liu Names a Deputy Comptroller, Simcha Felder, Who Has Some Explaining To Do About His Views on Christine Quinn's Lesbianism

    Given Simcha Felder's non-votes on Quinn, is he the best choice for deputy comptroller?​John Liu's announcement last week that he was appointing Brooklyn city councilman Simcha Felder to the post of deputy comptroller has stirred no controversy. Yet Felder is so out of step with Liu on gay and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Clip Job: A Yankee Stadium Concert, And a New Face at the Voice

    Original caption: "The Author"​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 16, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 35 Pop Eye: Soundblast '66 By Richard Goldstein Federico Fellini came to the Bronx last Friday night -- in spirit anyway -- when an assemblage of rock 'n' roll musicians took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Thompson isn't only pol to write a "Dear Judge" letter

    ​On Halloween, Rudy Giuliani will join Mayor Bloomberg and Staten Island boro prez James Molinaro (pictured) at a big pre-election "Prelude to Victory" rally and fundraiser on Staten island. This is one place -- like Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Borough Park where Team Bloomberg unleashed Gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Election Night: At de Blasio Party, Shock, Then Euphoria

    Over at his victory party in Dumbo, Bill de Blasio seemed shocked that he managed to get himself into a runoff for the office of Public Advocate with veteran candidate Mark Green. "This is a wonderful result -- amazing!" de Blasio said between hugs. "You kind of just get used to assuming it's not go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    A Guss by Any Other Name...

    Harris Graber/flickr​The Daily News reports that when Guss' Pickles re-opens in Brooklyn, it won't be called Guss' Pickles. That's because of a 2007 legal settlement between Pat Fairhurst, Guss' owner, and Steve and Andrew Leibowitz, a father and son who also claimed ownership of the Guss name. Af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Homicides Up 5%; "Safe" Neighborhoods Share the Pain

    While the city is boasting of another historic crime drop, they are soft-pedaling -- with the egregious cooperation of the press -- one sobering stat: the homicide rate has actually risen five percent against last year, When one thinks homicide, one doesn't generally think of neighborhoods like Kew ... More >>

  • News

    December 3, 2008

    The Fall of the House of Rubashkin

    As the nation's largest kosher empire implodes, Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jews begin to break ranks

  • News

    September 5, 2006

    Reprint: City of Ghosts

    100 minutes of tragedy that will haunt us all

  • Art

    January 3, 2006

    Women and Badness

    Phyllis Chesler: prominent second-wave feminist—and neocon

  • NYC Life

    December 20, 2005

    Babka Park

    He took away all the light from Mrs. Y and us—Mrs. Y has roses

  • Film

    October 4, 2005
  • NYC Life

    August 30, 2005

    Plotzing for Masa (Not Matzo)

    Red Hook soccer matches induce foodie hysteria

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2005
  • NYC Life

    June 21, 2005

    Diversity, Equality

    Jackson heights was very exclusive. Not only did it exclude Jews ...

  • Specials

    March 2, 2004
  • News

    December 9, 2003

    Lost Legacy?

    Gidone Busch's Death Unlikely to Bring NYPD Policy Change

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    Rabbi Bunco

    An Ally of Senators and Mayors Is Charged With Fraud

  • NYC Life

    November 19, 2002
  • News

    October 8, 2002

    Homeless Profit-Taking

    Brooklyn Developer Pulls Bait and Switch on Neighborhood

  • Theater

    March 19, 2002
  • News

    September 18, 2001

    City of Ghosts

    100 Minutes of Tragedy That Will Haunt Us All

  • News

    August 28, 2001

    Park Slope Scramble

    Is the 39th CD De Blasio’s to Lose?

  • News

    August 28, 2001

    Vested Interests

    Why Liberal Pols Run to the Right on Israel

  • News

    April 24, 2001

    A Time for Mercy

    Rabbi Gets Probation for Medical Marijuana

  • News

    August 15, 2000

    Fear of Joseph Lieberman

    Why His Candidacy Gives Some Jews Shpilkes

  • News

    May 23, 2000

    Catharsis or Collapse

    Did Cancer or Character Kill Rudy's Run for the Senate?

  • Long Island Voice

    January 11, 2000
  • NYC Life

    November 23, 1999

    Basya Schechter


  • News

    October 19, 1999

    White Boys in the Hood

    The Dangers of Defending the KKK

  • News

    September 7, 1999

    Socks in the Long Grass

    Hillary Moves In

  • News

    February 9, 1999

    Lyrical Devotion

    A Jewish group builds a temple to verse

  • NYC Life

    November 24, 1998


    My Man Jesse

  • News

    November 17, 1998

    Autopsy on Alfonse

    A Look at the Real Numbers in '98 Sweepstakes

  • News

    October 6, 1998

    Holy Daze

    Rebecca Segall investigates the problems of young Lubavitcher Hasidim in a world without the Rebbe

  • News

    May 12, 1998

    Beyond Incarceration

    What Lies Ahead? The Antiprison Movement Contemplates the Future

  • News

    September 30, 1997

    NY, OH

    It's Cleaner, Whiter, Brighter

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