Love Thy Neighbor: Four Days in Crown Heights That Changed New York

Episode 2: Coming to America

Episode 2: Coming to America

Love Thy Neighbor: Four Days in Crown Heights That Changed New York - February 22, 2022 - 39:14

How did Chabad-Lubavitchers and Caribbeans end up buying homes and settling in Crown Heights? Collier Meyerson goes back to the first half of the 20th century to understand how these two groups, from such different places, changed New York City, how New York City changed them, and how the tensions between them first began.

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February 15, 2022 - 30:30
It’s August 2020 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. Collier Meyerson is at a retirement party for an NYPD officer. Listening...

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March 1, 2022 - 28:57
As more and more white people leave New York City for the suburbs, the Chabad-Lubavitchers and Caribbean-Americans remain in Crown...

About The Show

Thirty years ago, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, a car accident set off four days of unrest. Two people died. Dozens were injured. Hundreds were arrested. In this Pineapple Street Studios series, journalist Collier Meyerson explores what came to be known as the “Crown Heights Riot.” It’s a story about immigration, New York City’s first Black mayor, the rise of Rudy Giuliani, and the Lubavitch Jewish and Caribbean-American communities sitting at the center of it all. To Meyerson, the Crown Heights Riot can help us unlock and understand so many of our modern dilemmas: from police violence and racism to the persistence of antisemitism.