Crown Heights

Crown Heights, Brooklyn: Address, Crown Heights Reviews: 4/5

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conrade886
Huntington, NY253 contributions
Jan 2014 • Solo
I have been to Crown Heights a few times, most notably in my last trip to NYC. Crown Heights is a Brooklyn neighborhood that throughout its history has embodied several Brooklyn positives and negatives and has for the most part been reflective of Brooklyn's at the time majority. Its housing stock consists of medium to large houses and apartment buildings, some of which are Brownstones, some of which are those found further south in the borough. It is located directly east of Prospect Park, South of Bedford Stuyvesant, North of Flatbush and West of Brownsville. It is primarily served by the numbered subway lines in Brooklyn running across Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue.

Crown Heights is not a particularly wealthy neighborhood and is often the first neighborhood immigrants of West Indian/Caribbean origin move to when emigrating to the US. That immigration and the generations who have stayed in Crown Heights have given this neighborhood a distinction one rarely finds outside of NYC adding to the neighborhoods' character. When here, one will have a continous smell of curry and jerk flavored meats and will easily find any Caribbean cuisine one is looking to take in. Every labor day in September, there is a parade celebrating West Indian culture and that takes place on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. It is Brooklyn's single largest parade with an average of 3-4 million attendees each year and has attracted New York politicians, notable Caribbean Americans and heads of state in Caribbean countries. The Caribbean influence in the neighborhood however has not been free of conflict however, there was a riot that broke out in 1993 regarding the problems that had arose between the larger Caribbean and smaller Hasidic Jewish communities there and the Caribbean residents have encountered many of the same things African American Blacks have encountered. As several of these listed events and characteristics are up to one's individual interpretation of them, I will leave them with the information listed above.

Amongst other things, Crown Heights was the actual home of Ebbets Field when in Brooklyn. Crown Heights often has boundary disputes with Bedford-Stuyvesant and Flatbush over where each begins and that may have led to the Dodgers being associated with Flatbush instead. Not far from Crown Heights are Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Botanical Gardens; major Brooklyn streets aside from Eastern Parkway such as Ocean Avenue, Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue; and the general downtown Brooklyn area. Visit Crown Heights if interested in being near these above listed things or if interested in seeing an Authentic West Indian/Caribbean neighborhood without flying to the Islands.
Written May 25, 2014
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Dave S
Hebron, lsrael169 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
Crown Heights achieved notoriety in 1991 with the lynching murder, by African-American anti-Semites, of Australian yeshivah student Yankel Rosenbaum; following this was prolonged rioting & pogroms, in which a defenseless white man was murdered because the assassins thought he looked Jewish (he wasn't). But these riots obviously didn't represent all or most black residents, who realized full well that what happened was wrong; ethnic relations began to improve almost immediately thereafter. In fact, the neighborhood was originally mostly Jewish, but eventually many blacks moved in, especially Caribbean immigrants; during the racially tense 1960's & 70's, whites & Jews moved out, & only the Chabad Hassidim of southern Crown Heights remained.
Today the past is distant, & there is no reason not to visit Crown Heights. The northern part, which is mostly African-American, has recently seen an influx of whites moving in. There is a wealth of interesting architecture; use the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY. The southern part is mostly inhabited by adherents of Chabad, a Hassidic Jewish sect involved in outreach; unlike the otherwise insular Hassidim, Chabad strives to interact with the outside world. World Chabad headquarters is at 770 Eastern Parkway, where a small de facto museum is operated - surprisingly interesting. Walking west on the super-wide street, after Classon Avenue is the small Dr. Ronald McNair Park, named for the first African-American astronaut, who was also the first South Carolinian in space (1950-86); sadly, he perished in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Just west of this is the majestic Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Written February 1, 2014
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MTDigs
Brooklyn, NY273 contributions
May 2017
Crown Heights is nice place to visit; when you've run out of other choices. By all means, go spend time there if you have family or friends living in the area. It has its own feel and its own vibe: Like every other section of Brooklyn. Unless you're visiting during one of it's specialty street fairs. Then it's worth a special trip. Great music & costumes.
But if you only have a couple of days, you'll more likely be spending your time in The City.
Written September 13, 2017
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badbaruch57
New York City, NY913 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
I enjoy walking / driving / dinning or going to galleries in crown heights u can feel the vibe of the young generation all over the place
Written December 23, 2016
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Allan S
New York City, NY6,231 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
It is truly amazing to see how sone ultra Orthodox Jews live in almost its own world here. The community is self contained with schools restaurants stores and everything else they need. Only Yiddish is spoken but the actually have some great restaurants here if you observe proper manners. I found this fascinating to visit and dine here. And so will you
Written April 12, 2017
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frank g
278 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
The parks are a thieves den. Only the Orthodox Jewish area is safe the other areas aren't. I worked in this area and by 5p.m you had to leave or you might get mugged or shot. BTW stay away from THE CARIBBEAN DAY PARADE.Cops hate the duty many,many muggigs .
Written September 1, 2016
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estherp618
Brooklyn, NY228 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Ethnically you will find Lubavitch religious Jews, Carribeans, African Americans, and Hipsters, all interspersed and basically getting along with each other. There are good restaurants there as well.
Written July 13, 2016
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Belgo96
Brisbane, Australia3,601 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
I understand that this is traditionally not a great area of the city but is currently experiencing a renewal in certain parts. We visited here to come to the Brooklyn Museum and walked along the Eastern Parkway section and up to Prospect Park. You can see that it is an area undergoing renewal and certainly certain parts are still slightly gritty. We walked over to Lincoln Place for lunch at Lincoln Station and felt perfectly safe.
Written June 4, 2016
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Oct 2015 • Family
We came to this neighborhood for the Sunday morning prayers at 770 Eastern Parkway, the international headquarters of this active vibrant energetic Jewish group. The area was full of activity and streets were blocked because of a "kosher festival." The synagogue was packed standing room only with morning worshippers. We saw the area and section with the chair of the previous and last leader of this group.

This is a busy and active place- the main center for a massive worldwide and very successful Jewish outreach group.

We were happy to be here, even if for a brief time.

The general area outside seems neither friendly nor inviting- it doesn't appear too safe.
Written November 8, 2015
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PaulieDEE
Spartanburg, SC86 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
As a person who appreciates other cultures, beliefs, and is always eager to learn I must say this neighborhood is one of the worst I have visited. The people who live this way of life appeared on the day of my visit-9/8/15 to be the most unfriendly people on earth. I have always tried my best not to judge the actions of a group by the actions/non-action of a few but I have never felt more unwelcome walking in a neighborhood. I went into one store-Judaica World on Kingston Avenue and no one even acknowledge that I was there. The workers just walked by even knowing I was looking for help with a few purchases. One older gentlemen was shouting at another younger guy in front of customers. Unbelievable!!! I did buy a book and the cashier was the only one to say anything--barely a thank you after I spoke first. This entire neighborhood may have reason to be suspicious of other people but this was beyond belief! Hey I guess they have never seen a blued eyed blond haired white guy with a heavy southern accent! Thank you, please, yes sir, no sir may not be in their vocabulary. When you are in NYC there are so many other places/neighborhoods to see that are friendly--so I say MOVE ALONG--NOTHING TO SEE HERE!!!
Written September 14, 2015
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