Hasidic Jews Are Not Happy About ‘Spider-Man’ Filming During Passover

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Local leaders in the heavily Hasidic Jewish neighborhood of south Williamsburg, Brooklyn (full disclosure: I lived there until about two months ago) are not happy about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 filming in their 'hood. But they're not complaining about the movie or its stars. Their problem is that the shoot, which would involve closing off several neighborhood streets, is scheduled to take place during Passover."Now is the busiest time of year, when not only are the families home, but … [Read more...]

Austin Scarlett’s Project Runway Collection Was Inspired by Hasidic Fashion

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Although I didn't agree with all the choices on the recent season of Project Runway: All-Stars (Jerell overstaying the hell out of his welcome, Angela Lindvall being a robot), I have loved Austin Scarlett ever since his season and was thrilled when he made it to the finale. His collection was inspired by "a vampire who lives in Williamsburg and sometimes borrows clothes from her Hasidic dandy friend," which makes no sense to anyone who isn't Austin but was certainly more interesting than just … [Read more...]

Oprah Winfrey Doing a Special About Orthodox Jewish Families

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Oprah Winfrey recently paid a visit to two Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.  According to Chabad.org, the blog for the Lubavitch sect of Orthodox Jews, Oprah took part in a ritual meal (I'm going to guess a Shabbat dinner?), interviewed women from the community, and toured a mikveh (although she didn't actually get in one, which could be her own ish about not wanting to be naked or Lubavitch ish about not wanting a non-Jew getting in their ritual bath). The visits will be part of an … [Read more...]


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