Monday, February 12, 2007

Photo Tour of Borough Park


Borough Park is home to a large community of Orthodox Jews. While the Satmar Hasids are based in Williamsburg, the Hasidim in Borough Park (also spelled Boro Park) primarily belong to the Bobov community.

Giving a taste of the neighborhood, a community blog suggested possible neighborhood slogans, among them "Boro Park- my Rebbe is bigger than your Rebbe"; "Boro Park- nu, so where else are you going to live? Flatbush? Why don't you just put on a knitted kipa, you freier. Feh"; "Boro Park- otherwise you'd have to go to Yerushalayim to see Chasidim riot"; "Boro Park: The World's Competitive Eating Capital!"; "Boro Park- come on, Bobov can't fight forever"; "Boro Park- just leave your car anywhere"; "Boro Park- the nicest frum neighborhood on Earth, more or less," and last but not least, "Boro Park-The Melting Cholent Pot."

13th Avenue is the main shopping strip in Borough Park, a lively thoroughfare lined with kosher meat markets, bakeries, clothing stores and more. It evokes an earlier era, as the lettering and graphics of many storefronts have not changed since the 1950s or earlier. Here's an assortment of sights from the strip:

Clothing Stores
Freund's F&F Family Shop
Domonick's Shoe Repair
Yeedl's Juvenile Shop
sells furniture for children's rooms.
Brach's outfits
the well-groomed gentleman.


Food Shops
Shem Tov restaurant and catering
Paskesz kosher candies. They say they
marketed the first kosher chewing gum.

The New Thirteen Avenue Bagel Corp
another 13th Ave bagel shop
Tuv Taam Fish Market & Appetizing
Ossie's Fish Market
Appetizing Plus
Meal Mart
Deli D'Lite
Herbst Mehadrin Meats

Wig stores
Many Hasidic women wear wigs (sheitels) as part of tzeniut (modesty) standards.
Halacha (Jewish law) requires married women to cover their hair.
Books & Judaica
Flohr's Judaica
Tiv Tov Book Bindery


Getting around

Yeshiva Beth Hillel school bus
Zion Car Service
For another cool photo tour of Borough Park, check out Bridge & Tunnel Club.

10 comments:

Lassie said...

Dude! Cat and I had reason to be in Boro Park some months ago, and I was just fascinated by the neighborhood. I talked about it for days. Glad to see this up.

Lassie

Anonymous said...

Years ago our family lived over Reichberg Travel at 13th Avenue and 49th Street. What ever happened to "rosie" the lady who would walk down the middle of 13th Avenue "singing" at the top of her voice?

Anonymous said...

Boro Park was cleaner, less crowded, and less noisy than it is today. I grew up as a child of the 50' and 60's on 47 street, and miss that old charm that it had.

Laro55 said...

Wow,,i remember Rosie growing up, she would walk up and down 13th ave singing, she would have tons of makeup on..lol, that brought me back...and what about that guy who would help out all the street vendors on 13th ave, he was a short man, not sure if he was jewish but he would work with the flower lady selling flowers, then u would catch him with another vendor, whoever would hire him to help...and why in the world did adelmans move to kings hwy??..i loved that place...best brisket in town..

Anonymous said...

Wow,,i remember Rosie growing up, she would walk up and down 13th ave singing, she would have tons of makeup on..lol, that brought me back...and what about that guy who would help out all the street vendors on 13th ave, he was a short man, not sure if he was jewish but he would work with the flower lady selling flowers, then u would catch him with another vendor, whoever would hire him to help...and why in the world did adelmans move to kings hwy??..i loved that place...best brisket in town..

Sorah said...

Oy vey!

bklyn5150 said...

I grew up watching the trains go by outside my parents window on 51 st & 19th ave. we would play stickball on 19th ave & cool off in the summer using the fire hydrant. good times,,

Anonymous said...

I am a Hebrew teacher in Orlando, Florida looking for good resources for teaching materials. Borough [ark was recommended. Do you have any recommendations. I am visiting NYC in July and would love to check it out when I'm there. Also, how would I get from NYC to Borough Park?

Anonymous said...

Take a train... It's the fastest and cheapest way to travel. I am sure you can down load a map of the NYC transit.

Anonymous said...

AHEM.
Hasidic and orthodox are two different sects or Jewish people. why publicize that error?@@