Hasidim and Artisten, Coexisting Uneasily in Williamsburg

Gentrification creeps into Satmar territory in Brooklyn, spawning protest and prayer.
February 18, 2004, 9am PST | Dan Houston
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"Please remove from upon us the plague of the artists, so that we shall not drown in evil waters, and so that they shall not come to our residence to ruin it." So reads one prayer making the rounds in South Williamsburg. But protests focus not on new residents, but rather on the Jewish developers building their pricey, urbane lofts.

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Published on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 in The New York Times
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