Crown Heights

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Five Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a food and beer hall hits Crown Heights, the East Village gets a snow creamery, and the first Denny's location opens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights

    As Brooklyn's borough-wide gentrification sweeps farther and farther east, it's crystal clear that Crown Heights is under the hazy glow of kale-and-yoga tinted spotlights. Long known for its abundance of West Indian specialties, in recent years the bustling neighborhood has experienced a surge in no ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 25, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From Glady's

    There's no better evidence of gentrification's continued push into Crown Heights than the restaurants: Slick new eateries are replacing old mom-and-pops at a relentless pace. But is that always bad? Zachary Feldman heads to neighborhood newcomer Glady's (788 Franklin Avenue) for this week's review ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    The Nostrand Avenue Shop Bicycle Roots Is by Crown Heights Residents, for Crown Heights Residents

    Crown Heights is changing. There is no mistaking the churn of gentrification in this central Brooklyn neighborhood as it moves eastward on Eastern Parkway. But it's too easy to write off all the new brunch places and sleek bars as yet more signs that something in Crown Heights has been irrevocably l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    This Guy Has Robbed a Brooklyn Bank Three Times Since Last Year

    Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing two Brooklyn Apple Banks a combined four times since early last year. Officers say the suspect is a six-foot-tall black male with a graying beard who is probably between 40 and 60 years old and between 150 and 200 pounds (and based on that descripti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Here's A Fairly Horrifying Photo Of One Of The Stabbings At The West Indian Day Parade

    The West Indian Day parade in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn has proven itself to be one of the more popular events in New York City at which to become a victim of violent crime -- and we've come across a pretty gruesome photo to illustrate that fact.Since 2003, the parade has been marred by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Only Three People Shot At West Indian Day Parade. This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Crown Heights

    Only three people were shot during this year's West Indian Day parade in Crown Heights yesterday, which -- sadly -- is an improvement from last year. However, two people also were stabbed to death during yesterday's festivities, so don't wave the victory flag in the war on Brooklyn violence just yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    This Week in The Voice: 'Gay Inc.' and Free Speech

    This week in the Voice, out today, Steven Thrasher wants to know whether "Gay Inc." believes in free speech: "Today's movement is quite unlike ACT UP, the Gay Liberation Front, or the Mattachine Society. In their use of confrontation, those groups looked far more like Occupy Wall Street than the Hum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Brower Boys Street Gang "Taken Down" Thanks To Facebook And Stupid (Alleged) Criminals

    Here's a tip for any potential criminals out there: don't bicker about the proceeds of robberies you've committed on Facebook. Believe it or not, cops also have access to Facebook, and monitor it for dopes dumb enough to announce to the world that they're criminals.That said, more than a dozen membe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Teenage Idiots Play Subway Chicken (VIDEO)

    Some young people probably won't make it to adulthood because of the stupid, stupid choices they make, as evidenced by this now viral video of teenagers in Crown Heights.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Q&A: Southpaw Co-Owner Matt Roff Talks About The Venue's Closing

    Yesterday the news that the Park Slope club Southpaw would be turning into an educational center for children broke, and we got comment from co-owner Matt Roff—whose business interests also include Williamsburg's Public Assembly, Greenpoint's No Name Bar, and Crown Heights' Franklin Park— ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Scruffy Bank Robber Sought in Crown Heights Stickup

    Bank robbery suspect​Cops are looking for a scruffy bank robber who held up the Apple Bank at 318 Albany Avenue, near Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, around noon Tuesday, February 1. The guy walked up to a teller at 12:14 p.m., displaying a silver handgun and handing over a note deman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    AOL Dubs Bedford Avenue "Safest NYC Neighborhood"

    ​AOL's WalletPop site has revealed the safest neighborhoods in America's major cities based on neighborhood and FBI crime data. Guess what!? Bedford Avenue has ranked as one of those cozy locales, where your chance of becoming the victim to a crime is but 1 in 500 each year.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Are Black Jews in New York Really All That Surprising?

    ​In some parts, actually: yeah. Take Crown Heights, for example, where the African-American and Orthodox Jewish communities rioted against each other only less than two decades ago. The New York Times pointed out the seemingly surprising crossover in Crown Heights specifically as a Black Ortho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Murders Up 17 Percent, NYPD Crime Stats Show

    ​Periodically, we here at Runnin Scared take a look at the city's crime statistics. Well, almost three quarters of the way through the year, crime citywide is at about the same level as it was this time last year. But murders are up 17 percent. And, in all, six of the seven major crime categor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Trinidadian Potato Pie at R&A West Indian Products

    A delicious, vegetarian cheap eat​"Best Potato Pie in Brooklyn" proclaimed a colorful hand-written sign outside the storefront on Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Ain't No Bodega Like a Brooklyn Bodega 'Cause Brooklyn Bodegas Might Sell You a Blunt, SON. Also, Jerk Chicken.

    ​The beautiful thing about New York is that you never have to go too far to find a corner deli or bodega with whatever you need in it: ice cream, laundry detergent, smokes, small-batch beer, sandwiches, cooking supplies, feral cats waiting to be adopted, etc. Which is why today we mourn the si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2010

    Deborah Blount, 51, Slain in Her Crown Heights Apartment

    View Larger Map DATE: Friday, March 12, 2010, 2 p.m. LOCATION: 1518 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Deborah Blount, 51, was found dead in her apartment at the above address. While the cause of her death has not been determined, her paramour John Brandon, 51, has been arrested on murder c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Have You Seen... These Alleged Crown Heights Muggers

    These five guys are suspected of attempted robbery. Cops say they mugged a 17-year-old girl in an attempt to snatch her cell phone at 5 p.m. Monday, January 18, on a sidewalk in front of 357 Troy Avenue, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Cops say the guys approached her, demanded her cell and pushed h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Say Goodbye to 2009: Looking Back at the Year in Concerts

    Last year's Stupid Party in Crown Heights. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.​We're closing up shop early today, and getting a head start on the New Year by doing snow angels outside for a while. Last minute guidance on your own New Year's Eve plans can be found here and here. In the meantime, plea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Jewish Patrol Assault Trial "Close to Farce"; Messiah to Be Called as Witness

    ​The Flatbush Shomrim -- a safety patrol of observant Jews -- has been on fire lately. Last week they caught a graffiti artist and a car-breaker, and yesterday they took down a burglar. The Crown Heights Shomrim, meanwhile, has been much busier in court, with six of its members charged with be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Rubashkin Trial Opens; Kosher King Accused of Immigration Fraud

    The much-anticipated trial of Sholom Rubashkin -- former CEO of the country's largest kosher meat processing plant and a member of a powerful Crown Heights Lubavitch family -- began in at a federal court in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Wednesday, with a slaughterhouse worker testifying that she fak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    6th Ave Trains OK Now; Lex Ave Trains Bollocksed

    ​The Sixth Avenue line delays earlier reported by MTA have been resolved, but there's trouble on the tracks for the Lexington Avenue line: 4 service is suspended in both directions between 149th Street-Grand Concourse and Crown Heights-Utica Avenue, and there are delays on all 4,5, and 6 train ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Butt-Slapper Terrorizes Subway, Tish James Speaks Out

    NY1 says there's a serial butt-slapper riding the trains. Cops say they've received about a dozen reports of the man slapping butts in and around Crown Heights. Councilmember Tish James denounces the assailant as a "lowlife" and a "coward." He is thought to be in his mid-20s, between 5' 10" and 6' a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Beaten in Court, Rubashkins Battle to Keep Crown Heights Religious Leadership

    Just when you think things in Crown Heights couldn't get any stranger, they do. Last December, we chronicled the tale of the powerful Rubashkin clan -- the Crown Heights Lubavitch family that practically ran the kosher meat-processing business in America, until they were brought down by a huge immi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    It's that time again! Welcome to your Friday afternoon round-up of some of our favorite posts of the week. Maybe we'll see you at the BBQ party this weekend. For now, let's relive the glory, shall we? We got excited about the advent of strawberry season, and got even more excited when a commenter s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Housing Collapse Makes Real Estate More Affordable to Millionaires

    Brownstoner celebrates the dip in local real estate prices caused by our housing price collapse. The Park Slope brownstone that was going for $2,990,000 six months ago? Slashed to $2.8 million! And there's a building in Crown Heights that you can get for (just barely) under a million. We hope word ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Happy Hanukkah, Too!

    Sundown took us into Hanukkah and, keeping with our ecumenical theme, we note that Matisyahu, the Crown Heights Chabad-Lubavitcher reggae star, will play a Festival of Lights concert series next week in Williamsburg. ("Compared to Christmas, Hanukkah has always lacked star power -- until now," wrote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Sky Watch Returns to Dumbo; Where's Ours?

    Our friends in Dumbo have told us they've been worried about crime -- though the NYPD stats show it going down in the neighborhood, some property crimes have been making the newer, richer people nervous. But we didn't know the neighborhood actually had police conning towers -- aka "Sky Watch." One w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    The Gods Must Be Crazy

    Here's a little news item that, to the rest of world will mean little, but to the Lubavitch Jews in Crown Heights, could signify the end of the world, or maybe the coming of paradise. Or something.In this week's Voice, we detail how much the recent legal troubles of Aaron, Moshe and Sholom Rubshkin ... 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

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 1, 2008

    W. Indian American Day Parade Hot, Loud, Fun

    Have you ever actually stood next to one of those sound trucks? We got a chance when one of them was exiting the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade route today. "We makin' a right," called the DJ as the big rig rolled out. He started singing, "Watch de' RIGHT, watch de RIGHT, watch de RIGHT" i ... More >>

  • News

    August 27, 2008

    The Crown Heights Lubavitchers

    Ecstatic Jews, a messiah proclaimed, and the consequential divisions

  • NYC Life

    February 1, 2005

    Before Shabbos

    Twenty-four years in Crown Heights—lady, will you turn off our lights?

  • News

    August 17, 2004

    Rebel Yells

    Crown Heights—and depths

  • News

    January 27, 2004
  • Dining

    May 27, 2003

    Doubles or Nothing

    Saturday Afternoon on Nostrand Avenue

  • NYC Life

    December 17, 2002
  • News

    February 12, 2002

    A Cancer Grows in Brooklyn

    High Prostate Cancer Rates in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights

  • News

    January 15, 2002

    Faded Rage

    As a Divided Community Begins to Forget, a Court Reopens Old Wounds in Crown Heights

  • News

    January 15, 2002

    The Crown Heights Quiets

    The Black Community: Powder Keg or Powder Puff?

  • Specials

    June 5, 2001
  • News

    May 22, 2001

    Who’s Afraid of Carl Thomas?

    A Black-Jewish Alliance Stirs Up Racial Fears in Battle for Crown Heights Seat

  • Specials

    September 7, 1999
  • News

    August 24, 1999

    Hillary 'Banned' In Crown Heights

    The First Lady's embrace of Former Mayor David Dinkins ignites an orthodox Jewish backlash

  • News

    August 17, 1999

    Hillary's Crown Heights Problem

    If Rudy Giuliani plays the race card, he most likely will try to attack Former Mayor David Dinkins's legacy in one of the city's ethnic hotbeds

  • News

    October 6, 1998

    Holy Daze

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

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