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The New Yiddish Film ‘Menashe’ Feels Both Foreign and Brooklyn All At Once

By On July 27, 2017

Menashe, a new dramatic film by filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein and out with A24, was shot entirely in Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhood of Borough Park; the language spoken is Yiddish; and much of… Read More


A Beastie Boy’s Ode to Jewish Brooklyn—In Wallpaper Form

By On March 3, 2017

Mike D: founding member of the Beastie Boys, Jewish kid from NYC, and interior decorator specializing in Jewish themes? Michael “Mike D” Diamond, who rapped, sang, and played drums for everybody’s favorite… Read More


Torah Pirates Hijack New York’s Classical Radio Station

By On December 14, 2016

If you live in South Brooklyn and recently tuned in to WQXR (105.9 FM) to hear some soothing classical music, you may have been surprised to hear instead a man preaching the… Read More


Growing Up Gay in a Brooklyn Bra Shop

By On October 4, 2016

Growing up in 1960s Brooklyn, Steven didn’t have many friends his age. Arnie and Irv who worked at the diner called him a fairy. Lily Williams the saleslady said he “would come… Read More


The New Cookbook Making Gefilte Fish Cool

By On September 18, 2016

Back in 2011, a few Jewish hipsters in Brooklyn did something to gefilte fish that had never been done before: They made it cool. Five years after launching their gourmet gefilte company,… Read More

The Russian Jazz Starlet Who Sings in a Brooklyn Basement

Meet the Russian Jazz Starlet Who Now Sings in a Brooklyn Basement

By On July 22, 2016

Some dentists spruce up their offices with a potted plant or a TV. But if you chance to get a root canal in Brighton Beach, NY, you could get treated to a… Read More


They Made A Paper Doll Outta Grandpa Bernie

By On June 7, 2016

Things are not looking good for Bernie Sanders right now, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving up our commemorative Bernie swag. In particular, we’ll be hanging onto Dover Publications’ set of paper… Read More

Torah Taxidermy in the Brooklyn Shtetl

Bizarre Torah Taxidermy in the Heart of Jewish Brooklyn

By On March 6, 2016

  Tucked away in a brownstone in the Brooklyn shtetl of Borough Park is a family-friendly attraction of almost Biblical proportions: Torah Animal World, or the “spiritual taxidermy center” of New York… Read More

The Filmmaker And the Hasid Who Met on Craigslist

The Filmmaker And the Hasid Who Met on Craigslist

By On November 7, 2014

When filmmaker Annie Berman posted an ad in the Craigslist “strictly platonic” section, she was looking for someone to give her some insight into the eruv in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a project she was researching. When… Read More


Brooklyn’s Weekly Shabbos Air Raid Siren

By On June 13, 2014

How do you prepare for Shabbat? Maybe by kneading some challah, inviting some friends to lunch. Probably not by blacking out your windows and hiding under the bed. But on Friday afternoons in parts… Read More

Stealing Cherries

Dating in Brooklyn While Russian

By On December 20, 2013

Today, Marina Rubin is a mainstay of the lower Manhattan poetry scene. But in 1989—when most of the stories in her new collection, Stealing Cherries, take place—she was a refusenik, a new immigrant from the Ukraine,… Read More


A Yom Kippur Buzz From…Another Direction

By On September 13, 2013

With Yom Kippur only hours away, you may already be dreading the caffeine headache that will soon distract you from your morning prayers. Yom Kippur may be the Day of Atonement, but how can you focus… Read More

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