Why The Lubavitcher Jews Still Live In Crown Heights

On Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, African-style hairdressers sit next to kosher butcher shops.
December 25, 2003, 7am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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The perception of Crown Heights as a tinderbox stems from the riots that took place there in 1991 and serves as a starting point for most press coverage of the neighborhood. The Lubavitchers’ religious values receive scant mention, yet one cannot understand Kingston Avenue without them...The level of true integration in Crown Heights remains uneven. Botnick, who moved into Crown Heights on the day the riots broke out, says he has developed close friendships with several black neighbors. 'The level of tolerance has increased tremendously over the years,' he says. 'On Rosh Hashanah [the Jewish New Year], walking along the street, I can't tell you how many black people say 'Happy New Year' to me.' "

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Published on Sunday, December 21, 2003 in The Next American City
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