Borough Park: Part Deux

Borough Park is a neighborhood largely shaped and defined by its large population of Hassidic Jews. Last spring I visited on a Friday afternoon when the area’s businesses shut down to prepare for Shabbos, the Jewish Sabbath (see Erev Shabbos in Borough Park).

In sharp contrast to the stillness and quiet found here at Shabbos, during the business week Borough Park is bustling. The busiest street, 13th Avenue, is lined with hundreds of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. It doesn’t take many mothers pushing strollers to fill the aisles of these small stores, so on a sunny day most of the shopkeepers move racks, tables and boxes of merchandise outdoors. Their sidewalk displays serve to both promote the business and make more room inside. Everything from earrings to suitcases to toys can be purchased curb-side, giving the district the air of a gigantic stoop sale.

The prices aren’t far above those of a stoop sale, either. While some stores cater to the needs the religious community, dozens of places offer deep discounts on designer and name-brand goods, particularly women and children’s shoes and clothing. Buy a few items and be prepared to be offered a discount — or just ask for one. In addition to shopping, Borough Park is a great place to practice your bargaining skills.

Kosher pizza guys Posted by Picasa

Strolling near 48th Street Posted by Picasa

Three mommies on 13th Avenue Posted by Picasa

Yakub’s Shoe Repair Posted by Picasa

S&W Ladies Wear Posted by Picasa

At the corner of 13th Avenue and 44th Street Posted by Picasa

Stationery – Cigars Posted by Picasa

Klein’s real kosher ice cream truck Posted by Picasa

Newsstand on 13th Avenue Posted by Picasa

Rack of dresses displayed on sidewalk Posted by Picasa

Towels for sale Posted by Picasa

Old man on 39th Street Posted by Picasa

Mother and daughter running errands Posted by Picasa

Sign in window of butcher store Posted by Picasa

Join us for dinner. Gas is on us. Posted by Picasa

  • Wikipedia: Borough Park
  • Village Voice: Close-Up on Borough Park
  • Boychiks in the Hood: Travels in the Hasidic Underground
  • Etude: At Work in the Fields of the Lord
  • Baal Shem Tov Foundation
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