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

Episode 3: Things Fall Apart

Episode 3: Things Fall Apart

Love Thy Neighbor: Four Days in Crown Heights That Changed New York - 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 Heights. Everyone is talking about violent crime. Private citizens patrol the streets in groups. New York City elects its first Black mayor, David Dinkins. And the neighborhood begins to reach its boiling point.

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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...

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March 8, 2022 - 42:39
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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.