Episode 4: Four Days in August
It’s a warm evening in August 1991. Two Guyanese children are playing on the sidewalk when a car in the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s motorcade crashes into the two children. The moment ignites a series of events that will change not just Crown Heights, but New York City and policing throughout America, forever.
Episode 3: Things Fall Apart
Episode 5: Sound of da Police
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.