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Why Do “Air Raid” Sirens Blare In Williamsburg Every Friday?

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Josh Green

If you’re ever in Williamsburg ten minutes before the sun sets on a Friday night, you’ll have heard the eerie sirens that wail far and wide throughout the neighborhood. It isn’t a test or drill, it’s the warning that Shabbat will be starting soon, and it’s time to go home (if you’re Orthodox Jewish). It’s not just one siren, but several, installed on different Yeshivas in South Williamsburg, a neighborhood that’s predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Election Day is Here!

Posted on 04 November 2014 by admin

Don’t forget to visit your polling station today to cast your ballot, before it closing time. The influence your community commands in the halls of power depends on the number of voters it gets out on Election Day.  The number of voters a community gets out to vote on Election Day matters more that the plurality the successful candidate gets over his opponent. While voting for any one of the candidates on the ballot is very important, a blank ballot can enhance the political influence of . >>> READ MORE ...

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Caller has no Real Chance of Winning, According to the Brooklyn Independent Republicans

Posted on 31 October 2014 by moshe emes

The Brooklyn Independent GOP Fountainhead 2014 Brooklyn GOP Election Roundup — The NYS Assembly Races Edition Thursday, October 30, 2014 For most of us Brooklyn GOPers, this isn’t our first election rodeo   —   But, for many of us, it might be our last roundup  —   Here’s one of the reasons why  —   The quantity and quality of the 2014 GOP County-wide Assembly slate… Things aren’t yet as bad as they seem to be in Queens, where the GOP is . >>> READ MORE ...

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Breaking: Caller Campaign Unhinged

Posted on 28 October 2014 by admin

Last week a Yiddish weekly newspaper published an analysis of the “Caller Plan” to build in the next four years 2000 units of affordable housing in Borough Park and an additional 2000 units of affordable housing units in Flatbush. The newspaper’s editors researched the matter and interviewed three professionals with extensive experience in real estate development. They are: Chaim Israel – more than 30 years’ experience in real estate development as Director of Housing at the SBCO . >>> READ MORE ...

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Views of Hasidic Jewish Community From 1990s Crown Heights Go on Display

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

By Rachel Holliday Smith on October 2, 2014 PROSPECT HEIGHTS — It was simple curiosity that brought Chie Nishio to Crown Heights in the early 1990s. The longtime photographer came to Manhattan from Tokyo in 1969, moving near the Diamond District. There, she remembers seeing Orthodox Jewish men with “long beards and wearing the black hats.” “I was always curious about them,” Nishio, 84, said. When she married a non-observant Jew, she became even more interested in New York’s Jewish . >>> READ MORE ...

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Are Liberal Jewish Voters a Thing of the Past?

Posted on 15 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

By JOSEPH BERGER  SEPT. 13, 2014 [caption id="attachment_1168" align="alignleft" width="300"] Reading the Holy Scrolls[/caption] FOR generations, American Jews, and particularly Jewish New Yorkers, have largely been identified as ardent liberals. Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe formed a substantial core of early 20th-century progressives and socialists. More recently, 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama in 2012, about the same as Hispanics, and were exceeded in their enthusias . >>> READ MORE ...

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An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

An Inside Look The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in an ever changing world; a life . >>> READ MORE ...

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Speaker Deal Said to Place David Greenfield in Line for Land Use (Politicker)

Posted on 20 December 2013 by Community Voice NY

The sudden deal for Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy is expected to benefit the coalition that unified behind her–especially Brooklyn’s Democratic party. [caption id="attachment_1052" align="alignleft" width="161"] David Greenfield[/caption] Among the beneficiaries may be Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield, who is said to be in line to be the next chairman of the City Council’s powerful Land Use committee, according to multiple sources close to the negot . >>> READ MORE ...

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Council “Still Trying” to Reduce Speed Limit on City Streets

Posted on 26 November 2013 by moshe emes

By Jill Colvin 11/26 4:03pm The New York City Council hopes to pass legislation that would reduce the speed limit on most residential and side streets to 20 miles per hour, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today. “We are actively working on that bill and our goal is to pass it before the end of the year,” Ms. Quinn said during an unrelated press conference this afternoon before the month’s final council meeting. “We’re actively working on it right now.” The bill, introduced . >>> READ MORE ...

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The Dinkins alternative, tax suburban commuters to fund an expansion of prekindergarten programs

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Community Voice NY

To punctuate an impassioned pitch for his signature plan to raise taxes on the wealthy, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went out of his way during a speech on Monday to praise a cherished political mentor and former boss watching from the audience.  The recipient of his warm words, former Mayor David N. Dinkins, did not exactly return the favor. In an unscripted and cringe-inducing moment of political candor, Mr. Dinkins opined before a crowd of journalists and academics at Columbia University that . >>> READ MORE ...

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Ask A Native New Yorker: How Should I Interact With Ultra-Orthodox Jews?

Posted on 27 October 2013 by Community Voice NY

This week’s question comes from a South Williamsburg resident who’s unsure how he should interact with the local ultra-Orthodox Jews. Dear Native New Yorker, More than a few of my fellow transplants in South Williamsburg have conflicted feelings about the local Hasidic community. My peers are intrigued by the mysterious “Otherness” that Hasidim bring to the neighborhood, a totally alternative lifestyle and culture to that of mainstream secular New York, but are also vag . >>> READ MORE ...

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Discrimination lawsuit against Hasidic stores silly

Posted on 08 October 2013 by Community Voice NY

New York Post By Post Editorial Board   Exhibiting a complete lack of common sense, the city’s Human Rights Commission is determined to take seven Hasidic-owned stores in Brooklyn to trial for the high crime of requiring modest dress of their customers. It was a bad idea when the city’s case was first filed. And it’s a bad idea now. Even so, an administrative law judge has ruled that the case should proceed and has ordered a two-day hearing in administrative court come ­January. At i . >>> READ MORE ...

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Williamsburg – Aronim Spin on the Election Turnout

Posted on 13 September 2013 by Community Voice NY

Michael Tobman, the PR guy hired by the Aronite (Aronem) sect of Satmar, released the following statement: Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election provided clear evidence of the growing prominence of the Aaroni faction of Satmar Hasidim in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Satmar community has, in recent years, been split between followers of two dynastic brothers, Rabbi Zalman and Rabbi Aaron. Historically, Williamsburg has been a Rabbi Zalman base while the Orange County village of Kiryas Joel outsi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Reports of voter fraud in hasidic Williamsburg

Posted on 11 September 2013 by Community Voice NY

With New York City voters’ rejection yesterday of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, Jews had reason to hope that this season of political scandals was drawing to a close – no such luck. By Talia LavinSeptember 11, 2013 11:23am The New York City Board of Elections reports a pattern of voter fraud in the hasidic community of Williamsburg. At the I.S. 171 voting booth, BOE poll watchers noticed that multiple young hasidic men were attempting to vote under other names, using signatures . >>> READ MORE ...

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Ignorance and Obliviousness

Posted on 01 September 2013 by Community Voice NY

The Political Pull of New York’s Ultra-Orthodox New York City’s mayoral election is approaching, and as the race heats up, more attention is being paid to the increasing political influence of the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish sects of Brooklyn. Like their counterparts in Israel, New York’s Hasidim have rebounded from the decimation of World War II. They were nearly wiped out by the Nazi genocide, but their numbers have swelled in the generations since, due to religious and cultural teach . >>> READ MORE ...

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Damn the Community, Full Steam Ahead

Posted on 26 August 2013 by Community Voice NY

Greenfield Once Again Sacrificing Community Interests for Political Expediency Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead (Rear Admiral David G. Farragut, Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864) Part 2 One of Greenfield’s biggest obstacles on his road to political nirvana is Assemblyman Hikind.  His activism on behalf of his constituency over his many years in public office helped Hikind build a vast network of friends and supporters in Orthodox Jewish Communities state-wide as well as in the halls . >>> READ MORE ...

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Satmar Faction Lashes Out Against Councilman David Greenfield

Posted on 18 July 2013 by Community Voice NY

http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2013/07/satmar-faction-lashes-out-against-councilman-david-greenfeld-345.html “…We ask you respectfully: How can you have a hand in such an act?! How can you have a hand in closing down a Shul, even from a Jewish point of view before hearing both sides SHOMOIA BEIN ACHEICHEM?! It just makes us wonder, did they offer you a big amount for your campaign? Did they bribe you with false information that they will be voting for you? while its . >>> READ MORE ...

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Fund-Raiser for Thompson Has History of Swindling

Posted on 25 June 2013 by Community Voice NY

  June 24, 2013 By DAVID M. HALBFINGER One of the most prolific fund-raisers for the mayoral campaign of William C. Thompson Jr. is an admitted swindler who once cheated a tiny, economically depressed Wisconsin village out of $250,000 and later escaped from a federal prison.He is also a polarizing figure in the Satmar sect of Hasidic Jews and was an instigator in a bitter, long-running dynastic struggle between two Satmar factions — even once provoking a brawl in a Brooklyn synagogu . >>> READ MORE ...

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Desecration on Doorways in Brooklyn

Posted on 09 April 2013 by Community Voice NY

  April 8, 2013 By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ and CHRISTOPHER MAAG Someone set fire to nearly a dozen Jewish religious symbols outside residents’ front doors in a Brooklyn apartment building on Monday, prompting an investigation by the Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force. The burnings coincided with Holocaust Remembrance Day, but the police said they did not know whether it was a factor. The police canvassed the Taylor-Wythe Houses, a public housing complex in Williamsburg, specifica . >>> READ MORE ...

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Bed-Stuy’s boom

Posted on 21 March 2013 by Community Voice NY

Daily News  Nabe tops Brooklyn population  rise  Babies, hipsters, immigrants behind the boom By Simone Weichselbaum / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Babies, hipsters, yuppies, and immigrants are behind Brooklyn’s population boom which has made the borough king of destinations for new New Yorkers. City population experts touted the borough as the most coveted place to live for the more than 161,000 residents who flocked to the Big Apple in a 21-month period spanning April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012. Aro . >>> READ MORE ...

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