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06.05.15 Liam Mathews

A Crown Heights resident lost $1,100 worth of the futuristic digital currency bitcoin in an old-fashioned stick-up last week, DNAinfo reports. The man responded to a Craigslist offer to trade bitcoin for cash. He met the thief on May 27 at the corner of Troy Avenue and Crown Street, and got into a parked car […]

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04.07.15 Prachi Gupta

Portrait artist Rusty Zimmerman, who has painted Governor Andrew Cuomo and has appeared in the New York Times, is opening up his services for the people who lives in Crown Heights. DNAinfo reports that the 5-year Crown Heights resident is launching “The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights,” in which he will attempt to paint portraits […]

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10.14.14 Amy K. Nelson

When a group of mostly black teenagers vandalized a Jewish-owned Crown Heights deli on Saturday night, coverage of the incident went to such extremes that one local site — in a wildly sensational headline –compared it to the looting in Ferguson. UPDATE: ANIMAL reached out to the NYPD to ask if this incident was a […]

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01.06.14 Andy Cush

On July 4 of last year, NYPD officers stormed a Crown Heights barbecue, spraying mace into the crowd, entering private property without a warrant or the owner’s permission, beating people, and making several arrests. Two videos, one uploaded to YouTube at the time and the other published today, show the chaos and violence as it […]

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11.07.13 Marina Galperina

Medgar Evers College Preparatory Academy in Crown Heights is one of the highest rated public schools in New York, with a 94% African American student body, a 94% average daily attendance and the rate of students reading at grade level 40% higher than the city average. But they never got around building a gym. With the […]

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10.25.13 Andy Cush

Contrary to early reports, Barack Obama’s visit to a Crown Heights high school today won’t cause the full closure of Prospect Park, which sits over two miles away. Only parts of the park will close, though it isn’t clear which. Obama will likely arrive via helicopter, landing in the park. “Please note that only portions […]

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10.08.13 Andy Cush

2×1, a forthcoming documentary currently funding on Kickstarter, takes its name from two places: two miles by one mile, the dimensions of Crown Heights, the Brooklyn neighborhood where it’s set, and the two distinct communities–Caribbean people and Hasidic Jews–that make up the area’s one whole population. Filmmaker Mendy Seldowitz, a Crown Heights native, hoped to get away […]

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10.25.12 Andy Cush

Ehud Halevy, the young man who was recently beaten by police officers inside of a Crown Heights community center, made his first public appearance since the incident, in a news conference with his lawyers Wednesday. He described the incident and his subsequent assault arrest in short, careful terms, adding that there was much he didn’t […]

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10.23.12 Andy Cush

Last week, a video hit the internet in which an unarmed man was mercilessly beaten by two NYPD officers inside of a Crown Heights community center. As outrageous as the violence itself was the fact that the man was facing five criminal charges after the incident, including felony assault of a police officer, for which […]

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10.15.12 Andy Cush

On the evening of October 8th, a volunteer security guard at a Crown Heights Jewish youth center called the police about a man who was drunk and asleep on one of the facility’s couches. When the police arrived, they roused the man, identified by CrownHeights.info as Ehud Halevi, and after a heated argument, attempted to […]

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