A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 16, 2008
Crime Heights (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

Crown Heights in Brooklyn is still known to most people for the three-day “Crown Heights Riots” of August 1991. The name “Crime Heights” became attached to “Crown Heights” in the 1990s, and some still use this unofficial nickname today.

Crime rates have generally been decreasing in Crown Heights, but, perhaps, “Crime Heights” is appropriate for some areas.


Wikipedia: Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Crown Heights is a neighborhood in the central portion of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The main thoroughfare through this neighborhood is Eastern Parkway, a tree-lined boulevard designed by Frederick Law Olmsted extending two miles east and west.

For most of its history, the area was known as Crow Hill. It was a succession of hills running east and west from Utica Avenue to Classon Avenue, and south to Empire Boulevard and New York Avenue. The name was changed when Crown Street was cut through in 1916.

Crown Heights is bounded by Washington Avenue (west), Atlantic Avenue (north) and Ralph Avenue (east), Clarkson Avenue (south). It is about two miles long and two miles deep. The neighborhoods that border Crown Heights are: Prospect Heights (to the west); Prospect Lefferts Gardens (to the southwest); Wingate and Rugby (to the South); Brownsville (to the east); and Bedford-Stuyvesant (to the north).

This neighborhood extends through much of Brooklyn Community Board 8 and 9. It is under the jurisdiction of two Precincts of the New York City Police Department. The 77th Precinct is part of Brooklyn North, which covers Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Weeksville). The 71st Precinct is part of Brooklyn South and covers the southern end of Crown Heights.
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Current renaissance
Crown Heights today has extreme contrasts between lovely architecture and vacant, run-down buildings, and variety of peoples and shops, ranging from variously hatted and top-coated Lubavitcher residents to vegan rasta Afro-Caribbean restaurants. Rising real estate values and gentrification have also recently become part of this mix.

Some real estate developers are already trying to increase prices of area housing. Crime rates remain relatively high, and racial tensions still exist. Murders, rapes, and other violent crimes dipped significantly in the mid-90s, and continue to fall.

NYC.GOV statistics for 2007 reveal that the 77th precinct, which includes a significant part of Crown Heights, has experienced a year-to-date decline of 40% in the number of murders (a total of 9, down from 15), and of 20% in the number of rapes (12, down from 15). However, felonious assaults and burglaries have increased significantly (16.8 and 24.8%, respectively)

Wikipedia: Crown Heights Riot
The Crown Heights Riot was a three-day riot in the Crown Heights neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The community was home to approximately 180,000 people – consisting of Caribbean-Americans and West Indians (50%), African Americans (39%), and Jewish residents (11%). The riots began on August 19, 1991 after a Guyanese boy was accidentally struck by an automobile driven by Yosef Lifsh in a motorcade for a prominent Hasidic rabbi. Historians have described it as “one of the most serious incidents of antisemitism in American history” and a pogrom by Blacks against Jews. The riot was also viewed as a pogrom by members of the Jewish community.

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From: (Maseo27)
Date: 1998/03/11
Subject: Re: COUNCIL PHAT REAL AUDIO TRACKS

The coucil is truely ill.  Represent for Crime Heights fellaz.  Email me if you need someone to promote you in LI. 

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From: (Desp4BiGrL)
Date: 1999/04/20
Subject: i miss my brooklyn friends, the russian ones

K’s growling rhymes, a syntactic synthesis of his Jamaican, Panamanian and Brooklyn heritage, fascinated Century. He introduced himself and spent much of the following years hanging out with K and his friends in pizza parlours and the streets around Crown Heights—Crime Heights, as K calls it.

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Up on Crime Heights
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From: “torresD”
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 06:21:46 GMT
Local: Sun, Jun 11 2006 2:21 am
Subject: “First of all the police are goyim [gentiles]. HAARETZ

“First of all the police are goyim [gentiles].

Many times they tell the shvartze [black], who is the perpetrator, what to say so they shouldn’t get arrested and then they tell him to press charges against the Jew.”

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Up on Crime Heights
By Shahar Smooha
NEW YORK -
When about half a dozen police cruisers blocked the corner of Kingston Avenue and Lefferts Street in the Crown Heights, Brooklyn,
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No wonder some people call the neighborhood Crime Heights. 

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